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Senso-ji Temple

Travel Guide - Senso-ji Temple

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Senso-ji Temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo. The temple is popularly known as "Asakusa-no-Kannon-sama (Kannon in Asakusa)" because it enshrines a golden image of the Buddhist Kannon, goddess of mercy. According to legend, the temple was established when the image of Kannon was miraculously fished out of the near by Sumida-gawa River by two fisherman in 628. The image has remained on the spot ever since, through the temple's successive Hondo (Kannon-do) main halls. The present hall was reconstructed in 1958 after the old one was once destroyed during the World War II. In front of the Hondo main hall is a large incense cauldron: the smoke is said to be health bestowing, and you will see visitors rubbing it into their bodies through their clothes.
If you approach Senso-ji Temple from Asakusa subway station, the entrance is via Kaminari-mon Gate (Thunder Gate) with a huge red lantern. The lantern, made of layers of Japanese Washi paper over a bamboo frame, is about 4 meters tall, 3 meters in diameter and weighs 700 kilograms. It is a symbol of Asakusa and called “Face of Asakusa”. Kaminari-mon Gate is protected by two gods: Fujin, the god of wind, on the right; and Raijin, the god of thunder, on the left.
After walking through Nakamise-dori Street, you will face Hozo-mon Gate, the gateway to the temple. Inside the gate, there are a pair of statues of Nio, guardians of the temple. Several important treasured articles including a national treasure Hokke-kyo (Lotus Sutra) are housed in the upper story of the gate.
There are always many visitors in the temple grounds but it becomes even more crowded during annual events such as Sanja Matsuri Festival in May, Hozuki-Ichi (Chinese Lantern Plant Fair) in July and Hagoita-Ichi (Ornamental Battledore Fair) in December.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 6:00 – 17:00 (April - September)
  • 6:30 – 17:00 (October - March)

ClosedClosed

  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Admission Free

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 6 minutes walk from Asakusa Station on the Tsukuba Express (03)
  • 8 minutes walk from Asakusa Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (G19), Tobu Skytree Line (TS01), or Toei Asakusa Line (A18)

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 2-3-1, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0032

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