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Sensoji Temple

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.

We know you want to make the most out of your trip to Sensoji Temple. So, we've compiled some of the most popular things you can do here:

Peruse our Tokyo things to do page to learn about many more activities while you're in the area.


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Asakusa View Hotel ¥7,947
Asakusa View Hotel

Asakusa View Hotel

3-17-1 Nishiasakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Taito, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Asakusa Shrine, and Sensō-ji Temple. Ueno Park and Tokyo National Science Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Tawaramachi Station is 9 minutes by foot and Asakusa Station is 11 minutes.

    HOTEL ANN ASAKUSA ¥7,000
    HOTEL ANN ASAKUSA

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    2-10-6, Nishiasakusa, Tokyo, Tokyo
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Taito, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kaminarimon, Sensō-ji Temple, and Asakusa Shrine. Ueno Park and Tokyo National Science Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Tawaramachi Station is 6 minutes by foot and Asakusa Station is 8 minutes.

      APA Hotel Asakusa Tawaramachi Ekimae ¥5,785
      APA Hotel Asakusa Tawaramachi Ekimae

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      Nishia Asakusa 1-2-3, Taito-ku, Tokyo
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Taito, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kaminarimon, Sensō-ji Temple, and Asakusa Shrine. Ueno Park and Tokyo National Science Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Tawaramachi Station is only a 2-minute walk and Inaricho Station is 9 minutes.

        Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International ¥9,715
        Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International

        Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International

        2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Asakusa, this spa 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 Tower are also within 6 mi (10 km). Asakusa Station is 7 minutes by foot and Tawaramachi Station is 8 minutes.

          nine hours Asakusa ¥5,091
          nine hours Asakusa

          nine hours Asakusa

          2-6-15 Asakusa, Tokyo, Tokyo
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Asakusa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Sensō-ji Temple, and Asakusa Shrine. Ueno Park and Tokyo National Science Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Asakusa Station is 8 minutes by foot and Tawaramachi Station is 9 minutes.

            APA Hotel Asakusa-Ekimae ¥5,785
            APA Hotel Asakusa-Ekimae

            APA Hotel Asakusa-Ekimae

            1-12-16, Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Taito, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sensō-ji Temple and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Tokyo National Museum and Tokyo Dome are also within 3 mi (5 km). Asakusa Station is only a 5-minute walk and Tawaramachi Station is 6 minutes.

              HOTEL WBF TOKYO ASAKUSA ¥5,376
              HOTEL WBF TOKYO ASAKUSA

              HOTEL WBF TOKYO ASAKUSA

              2-27-10, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Asakusa, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Asakusa Shrine, and Sensō-ji Temple. Tokyo Sky Tree and Ueno Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Asakusa Station is 10 minutes by foot and Tawaramachi Station is 13 minutes.

                Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Springs ¥12,341
                Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Springs

                Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Springs

                2-7-20, Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Tokyo
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Asakusa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Sensō-ji Temple, and Asakusa Shrine. Ueno Park and Tokyo National Science Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Asakusa Station is 8 minutes by foot and Tawaramachi Station is 9 minutes.