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Travel Tips

Don't miss trying some traditional snacks from the vendors along Nakamise Street. 1

Explore the stalls around the temple for unique souvenirs and snacks. 2

Wake up early to avoid major crowds; 9am is a good start. 3

Introduction

History

  • πŸ“œ Founded: Sensō-ji was founded in 628 AD by two fishermen who discovered a statue of Kannon in the Sumida River.
  • 🏯 Construction: The temple was completed in 645 AD, making it the oldest temple in Tokyo.
  • πŸ•‰οΈ Religious Significance: Dedicated to Kannon, the goddess of mercy, and has been a significant religious site for centuries.
  • 🏰 Tokugawa Shogunate: Designated as the temple for shogunate prayers by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1590.
  • πŸ”₯ Reconstruction: The temple buildings were destroyed during WWII and rebuilt in the post-war period.

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Main Attractions

  • πŸšͺ Kaminarimon Gate: The iconic Thunder Gate, the outer gate of Sensō-ji, featuring statues of Fujin and Raijin.
  • πŸ›οΈ Nakamise Street: A 200-meter shopping street leading to the temple, lined with shops selling souvenirs and snacks.
  • 🏯 Main Hall: The central worship hall, rebuilt in 1958, housing the hidden statue of Kannon.
  • πŸ—Ό Five-Storied Pagoda: A pagoda rebuilt in 1973, containing Buddha's ashes from Sri Lanka.
  • ⛩️ Hozomon Gate: The inner gate, also known as Nio-mon Gate, rebuilt in 1964.

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Events

  • πŸŽ‰ Sanja Matsuri: Held in May, one of Tokyo's largest and most famous festivals, celebrating the three founders of Sensō-ji.
  • 🎭 Asakusa Samba Carnival: A vibrant samba parade held in August, attracting performers and spectators from around the world.
  • πŸŽ‹ Hagoita-ichi: A market held in December, selling decorated wooden paddles used in the traditional game of hanetsuki.
  • πŸŽ† Hatsumode: The first temple visit of the year, attracting millions of visitors during the first week of January.
  • 🌸 Hana Matsuri: Celebrated on April 8th, marking Buddha's birthday with hydrangea tea rituals.

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Shopping

  • πŸ›οΈ Nakamise Street: Over 200 meters of shops selling traditional Japanese souvenirs like yukata and folding fans.
  • 🍑 Local Snacks: Try traditional snacks such as rice cakes, rice crackers, and green tea-flavored treats.
  • 🎁 Souvenirs: A wide range of items including toys, cakes, and other mementos.
  • πŸ›’ Historical Significance: The shopping street has a history of several centuries, adding to its charm.
  • πŸ“Έ Photogenic: The street is a popular spot for photography, especially during festivals and events.

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Accommodation

  • 🏨 Cyashitsu Ryokan Asakusa: Mid-range ryokan with air-conditioned rooms, free WiFi, and an open-air bath.
  • 🏯 Kaminarimon Ryokan: Luxury ryokan offering free WiFi, laundry service, and proximity to Asakusa Metro Station.
  • πŸ’° Tokyo Hikari Guesthouse: Budget-friendly guesthouse with private rooms and dorm beds, free internet, and a shared lounge.
  • 🏨 Resol Poshtel Tokyo Asakusa: Budget-friendly capsule hotel with shared bathrooms and free WiFi.
  • 🏯 MIMARU TOKYO ASAKUSA STATION: Luxury accommodation with river views and modern amenities.

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Transportation

  • πŸš‡ From Tokyo Station: Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station, then transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa.
  • πŸš‡ From Shinjuku Station: Take the JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station, then transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa.
  • πŸš‰ Asakusa Station: Served by the Ginza Subway Line, Asakusa Subway Line, and Tobu Railway.
  • 🚌 Accessibility: The temple is a few steps from Asakusa Station, making it easily accessible by public transport.
  • 🚢 Walking: The temple is a 5-minute walk from Asakusa Station, making it convenient for visitors.

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Visitor Tips

  • πŸ•’ Best Time to Visit: Early morning or late afternoon to avoid crowds.
  • πŸ’¨ Incense Smoke: Waft incense smoke over your body to cure ailments and improve health.
  • πŸ“Έ Photography: The temple and Nakamise Street are highly photogenic, especially during festivals.
  • 🍑 Try Local Snacks: Don't miss the traditional snacks available on Nakamise Street.
  • πŸ™ Prayer Etiquette: Place your hands together in the Buddhist prayer position and chant 'Namu Kanzeon Bosatsu'.

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Travel Information
πŸ“žΒ Β Β Phone: +81 3-3842-0181
🌐   Website: https://www.senso-ji.jp/
πŸ“Β Β Β Address: 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
πŸ”—Β Β Β Profiles: YouTube

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