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Sensō-ji Temple
Vacation Travel Guide

Tokyo’s oldest temple was built centuries ago to honor the goddess of mercy. It now draws thousands daily for Buddhist prayer or cultural observation.

The five-story pagoda of Sensoji Temple nestled amid high-rises shows the peaceful coexistence of old and new, spiritual and practical.

Legend says that in 628, two fishermen discovered a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy and, after several attempts to return it to the river, kept it. A temple was originally built in 645 to honor Kannon and the statue was hidden for protection. While structures on the site have been damaged and rebuilt over the centuries, the temple’s popularity has grown under Tokyo’s different ruling regimes.

Leading to the temple is Nakamise, a street of shops with beautifully presented Japanese finger food. Souvenirs, including fans and cotton yukata, casual clothing similar to kimonos, are also available for purchase. Even this shopping street is several centuries old.

Pass through two impressive gates before arriving at the main hall, a five-story pagoda, and the Asajusa Shrine. The distinctive shape of the outer gate, known as Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), is often used as a symbol of Japan.

Admire the Buddhist architecture and statues of the inner buildings. The complex remains an active Buddhist temple with a high priest and monks practicing the spirituality of the Buddhist way of life.

Komagatado Hall holds the Bodhisattva Bato-kannon (a statue of Kannon), which you can view on the 19th of every month and during a major festival every year on April 19. The area has many other special events, including the May festival of the Asakusa Shrine, the Sanja Matsuri and a Samba Carnival in August.

Admission to the temple is free. The grounds are always open while the main hall is open daily from morning to early evening. Subway and rail lines will get you to Asakusa station, which is just outside the temple entrance.

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Red Planet Tokyo Asakusa
Red Planet Tokyo Asakusa
3 out of 5
1-11-6 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NT$1,047 per night from Dec 27 to Dec 28

Located in Asakusa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kaminarimon, Sensō-ji Temple, and Asakusa Shrine. Ueno Park and Tokyo Sky Tree are also within 1 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (993 reviews)

"Hotel was close to 2 subway stations, including the Asakusa line with a direct train to Narita Airport. Room is a good size, though the bathroom is a little small. However the room has everything you need, including a humidifier (which was a lifesaver). Room was clean and pillows were incredibly ..."…"

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The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon by Hulic
The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon by Hulic
3.5 out of 5
2-16-11 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NT$2,682 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Taito, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kaminarimon, Sensō-ji Temple, and Asakusa Shrine. Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Solamachi are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)

"Very nice. Great location. Great view of the sky tree. Ideal for vacationers."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/9

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Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
3.5 out of 5
2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
The price is NT$3,169 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Asakusa, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Ueno Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Dome. Tokyo Imperial Palace and Tokyo Bay are ...

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Reviewed on 2020/10/1

Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
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Red Planet Tokyo Asakusa
Red Planet Tokyo Asakusa
3 out of 5
1-11-6 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NT$1,047 per night from Dec 27 to Dec 28
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is NT$2,682 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
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Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
3.5 out of 5
2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
The price is NT$3,169 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
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3.5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
3-17-1 Nishiasakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NT$2,459 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9
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Super Hotel Asakusa
3 out of 5
2-33-1 Asakusa, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NT$1,291 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
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Time Sharing Stay Asakusa -Hostel
1 out of 5
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The price is NT$709 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
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Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Springs
Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Springs
3 out of 5
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The price is NT$2,261 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 11
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hotel MONday Asakusa
3 out of 5
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The price is NT$1,354 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 5
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