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One of Tokyo's most famous Buddhist temples

Japan, Tokyo
1-3 hours

Sensō-ji, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple, is one of Tokyo's most famous and revered Buddhist temples, located in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, Japan. Founded in the 7th century, legend has it that it was built to enshrine a golden statue of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, which was found in the nearby Sumida River.

Sensō-ji is located in the center of Asakusa, one Tokyo's oldest neighbourhoods and a must-visit on every Tokyo trip. Asakusa maintains a historic and traditional ambiance, with streets filled with well-preserved old buildings, quaint alleys, and traditional architecture. It provides a glimpse into Tokyo's past, especially at the Senso-jo temple.

The temple's entrance features the iconic Kaminarimon Gate with a massive red chochin (paper lantern) and two guardian statues, leading visitors to Nakamise-dori, a bustling shopping street.

Beyond the Kaminarimon Gate, you pass through the Hōzōmon Gate, which houses large wooden statues and leads to the temple grounds. The temple complex features the main hall, where visitors can offer prayers and explore various halls and structures. Adjacent to the main hall is a beautiful five-story pagoda.



  • Sensō-ji hosts various festivals throughout the year, including the Sanja Matsuri in May, a lively celebration featuring parades and traditional performances.
  • You can take part in omikuji, fortune-telling paper slips, by making a small offering and receiving a paper with predictions or advice.