Sensō-ji (金龍山浅草寺, Kinryū-zan Sensō-ji) is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. It is Tokyo's oldest temple, and one of its most significant. Formerly associated with the Tendai sect of Buddhism, it became independent after World War II. Adjacent to the temple is a five-story pagoda, the Asakusa Shinto shrine, as well as many shops with traditional goods in the Nakamise-dōri.
Dean Liske | Jan 31, 2018
Beautiful shrine. Surrounding area is full of little open air shops which are a lot of fun to browse. Make sure you get your fortune. We googled it, you put some money in for a donation, then you take the silver box and shake it until a stick comes out. The stick has a number printed on it which you match up with the drawers. (You'll most likely need help if you're Canadians like us, so just look confused and someone will come along and help you out.) Once you find the drawer there will be a printed fortune in it. Be aware, your fortune is not necessarily going to be good, so if you're not happy with it, you're supposed to tie it to a rack that is there to negate it. The translations to English on the fortunes are almost as good as the fortunes themselves.
Joanne Bugeya | Feb 26, 2018
Asakusa is an impressive shrine in Tokyo. It is lovely during the day, has many vendors near it for shopping and allows one to get plenty of pictures with ladies in kimonos as well. Many people come to donate and pray for good fortune, we joined in with the throngs of people and enjoyed the respectfulness of the shrine. It was hard not to be caught up in how beautiful it was, but of course, we took plenty of pictures to bring home, and didn’t purchase many souvenirs -much to the chagrin of the many vendors. It is a very large, very beautiful shrine and should not be missed on any visit to Tokyo!
Josh Grisdale | Mar 1, 2018
For wheelchair users: As you might expect of a 1350 year-old temple (well, rebuilt in the old style), there are stairs heading up to it. What you might not expect is that there is an elevator! I’m not sure when it was built, but it must be recent because I don’t remember it from before. They have done a remarkable job of blending it into the temple, so you may miss it. Looking at the temple face-on, it is the small structure stuck on the left hand side (there are handicap-mark signs leading to it too). Once you go up it, you can go up to see the relics and the box where people put in a coin and pray (though, it gets crowded).
Noemi G. | Feb 19, 2018
One of the most beautiful Temples I have seen during my trip in Japan, with the recognizable giant lantern that can contain 5 or 6 people inside. Despite the very crowded day, the magnificent appearance and decorations on the temple were enough to touch the spirit and the respect of this amazing culture and religion. I will miss it!
Julie Wong | Jan 22, 2018
Very conveniently accessible via public transportation and close to other amenities within the area. I very much like how lively this temple is with the surrounding markets and streets. The temple is well visited from both tourists and locals alike. I would love to come back when one of the event is held.
Cathy Cole | Mar 28, 2018
Step back in time as you stroll through the beautiful temple. There will be many souvenir shop before arrive at the temple, sip on Hello Kitty cappuccino near by. I would recommend allowing time to explore around the temple ground and walking through the many shop. Fun day to see the sights of old Japan.
Ilika Ghosh | Mar 31, 2018
This place is one of the best locations to visit in Tokyo. One can easily get there by the Ginza line. It is an epitome of Japanese culture and tradition. The temple offers a picturesque view especially during cherry blossom season. The numerous cherry blossom trees are well maintained. You can offer your prayers in the shrine. A fun thing about this shrine is the fortune teller drawer system for 100 yen. The koi fish brook under the cherry blossom trees and the girls in colourful kimonos are treats to the eyes. The shopping lane in front of the temple is a wonderful place to buy souvenirs for tourists. They also offer traditional Japanese street food in small bites which one should try. A well deserved 5 stars.
Johannes Petersen von Fyren | Apr 5, 2018
Really nice temple. Very popular amongst travelers / tourists. Lots of nice markets nearby and guides who offer tours for a fee. A bit crowded if you ask me. I wouldn't recommend this place if you have trouble with small personal space. However if you're 1.80 meters or taller you see above most of the people there. I myself prefer the tempels witch have fewer people. Its somehow more comfortable compared to the highly visited. But never the less, a really huge Temple and a great experience.
Imani C. Cruz | Apr 19, 2018
Famous temple that is visited by many tourists. It is a good spot for those who want to experience many different types of temple architecture in one place. It gets very crowded and loud because of this. There are also many stalls selling souvenirs and food outside of it. Visitors should know that this is not your usual temple experience, usually they are peaceful and quiet and lack the tourist appeals. But it is still a beautiful place despite this.
Christophe Fayon | Apr 11, 2018
A very peaceful place where you can relax and think. Astonishing architecture with both color, nature and spirituality. You should try to visit in early April in aim to see the cherry blossoms. Or at least one after they did.... Amazing. Nothing else.
Robert Lam | Apr 23, 2018
Love the atmosphere there. I don't like crowded places but the crowds somehow make this place even more appealing. For a touristy place, you can't beat it's ambience. If it's the first time for you, you should take some time to see the shops. But I just go there to see how happy people are to be amongst so many other.
Michael Bui | May 2, 2018
Must go to place in Tokyo. The temple is very nice and filled with tourist all year round. Tons of little shops and establishments to eat. Also in the surrounding area there is so much to do. A must go. Skytree is also in close view.
Nick Kisel | Jul 10, 2018
Came once when it was empty because of rain and again during the Chinese lantern plant festival when it was totally packed. Everything about it is beautiful between the inside of the shrine, the surrounding buildings, the statues, the lanterns, and especially the tower off to the side. A fire is set up in the middle of the grounds during special occasions. Some market stalls just outside if you'd like to shop. I loved walking through this area.
Anthony Laurence | Jul 4, 2018
Of course this is the best temple in Tokyo maybe all of Japan as well. Keep coming back here because of how much I love it and the area as well. So many fun memories with friends here too. Definitely my favorite attraction in Tokyo. Will always hold a special place in my heart for this area.
Marie Weeks | Jun 20, 2018
A very large and popular temple. There's a decent amount of seating nearby if you walked a long way. There's also a nice market area close by that's worth checking out. The temple area itself is extremely busy and full of tourists on peak days and times. You may want to go at an off time if you don't want to be surrounded by others.
Wayne Wang | Jul 5, 2018
There is a wide variety of souvenirs for sale here. Most of shops open begin at 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. nevertheless, most shops accept cash only but not credit cards. Most shopkeepers can only speak Japanese. The shopping here isn't user friendly to English speaking people. I highly recommend Japan government send bilingual volunteers to facilitate the tourism and local business. There are several vending machine on the left side of the traditional temple. Strangely, all the soft drinks are cold. No warm soft drinks are available inside these vending machines. I don't know why Japaneses loves cold soft drink. I have been very curious that what if they catch a cold or have sore throats. Would they still insist having cold soft drink? The answer is positive from local citizens. I guess Japan is a fearless people. They won't feel cold in winter and they can sip cold soft drinks anyway. They have been trained to get used to cold soft drinks. They are invincible. Haha.
Gonzo Hunter | Jul 8, 2018
Amazing! Go in the early morning to get the perfect picture without a lot of people in the back or foreground. Also, go at night to get beautiful pictures with the lights. The shops around it close between 6 and 7. Go check it out, it's just beautiful and peaceful.
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