Highlights and access methods of Sensoji Temple (Tokyo Prefecture)

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Asakusa Temple, located in Taito Ward, Tokyo, is the oldest temple in Tokyo. It is affectionately known as Asakusa Kannon. It's a popular spot that attracts many tourists, and the famous Kaminarimon gate with its huge red lantern is considered a symbol of Asakusa. Besides the main hall, the temple grounds have many attractions, including Nakamise-dori, where you can buy souvenirs, and the Five-Storied Pagoda.

In this article, we will explain the attractions of Sensoji Temple in Tokyo Prefecture and how to access it for those who are traveling to Japan from overseas.

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(Prefecture : Tokyo , Category : Temples)

Highlights of Sensoji Temple

Senso-ji, located in Taito Ward, Tokyo, is a temple established in 628 and is the oldest temple in Tokyo. It is often referred to as Asakusa Kannon because the sacred Kannon Bodhisattva is its principal deity. The temple is a popular tourist spot, attracting many visitors from both within Japan and abroad, with an estimated annual visitor count of 30 million people.

At the entrance of Senso-ji is the Kaminarimon, or "Thunder Gate". The giant red lantern emblazoned with the characters for "Thunder Gate" is a symbol of Asakusa and a popular photo spot for many tourists. While it is often called Kaminarimon, its formal name is "Fujin Raijin Gate", housing the statues of the Wind God on the right and the Thunder God on the left. Behind these statues are the statues of the Heavenly Dragon and the Golden Dragon.

Beyond the Kaminarimon, red lanterns are also hung at the next gate, the Hozomon, and at the main hall. The lantern at the Hozomon bears the characters for "Kobuna-cho", while the even larger lantern at the main hall bears the characters for "Shinbashi", which refers to the place name, Shinbashi.

Within Senso-ji, you will find Nakamise-dori, a street lined with shops selling sweets and souvenirs, a five-story pagoda standing about 53m tall, the Niten-mon gate, a designated Important Cultural Property, and the Asakusa Shrine, which separated from Senso-ji during the Meiji era. The Sanja Festival, one of Tokyo's biggest festivals, is the annual grand festival of Asakusa Shrine. When visiting the Asakusa area, be sure to stop by.

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Address and access method of Sensoji Temple

The address of Sensoji Temple is "2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo". The nearest station is Asakusa Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. It's about a 5 minute walk from the station. Or Toei Subway Asakusa Line Asakusa Station. It's also about a 5 minute walk from the station.

Attractions near Sensoji Temple

Several notable attractions are located near Sensoji Temple:

Tokyo Skytree
Rising 634 meters above the city, Tokyo Skytree is a modern marvel and offers panoramic views of Tokyo from its observation decks. It's a short walk from Asakusa and is also home to shopping and dining options.

Sumida Aquarium
Located in the Tokyo Skytree Town complex, Sumida Aquarium houses thousands of marine creatures, including penguins and sealife native to Tokyo Bay. It's a fun and educational spot for families.

Kappabashi Kitchen Town
This district is a haven for cooking enthusiasts. It offers everything from knives and tableware to plastic food models. Kappabashi is the perfect place to find a unique kitchenware souvenir.

Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center
Designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma, this center provides information about Asakusa and also features a viewing deck with stunning views of the area, including Senso-ji and Tokyo Skytree.

Other information about Sensoji Temple

Official site about Sensoji Temple :


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( Written by Tatsuo Ikura )