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Sensoji, a world-renowned sightseeing spot of Tokyo, is the oldest temple in Tokyo and was built in the year 628. Kaminarimon can be said to be the face of Sensoji. The red, giant lantern weighing 700 kg is a popular picture spot for tourists and a landmark of Asakusa. The five-storied pagoda on the property is also worth seeing. It gets lit up during the night and gives Sensoji a different charm from that during the day.
- 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
- Contact No.
- 5-min walk from Asakusa Station on Tobu Railway, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Toei Asakusa Line
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Summer (April-September) 6:00-17:00, Winter (October-March) 6:30-17:00/ None
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 2.5 hours
- Admission fee
- Other Information
- *Free wifi available *English, Chinese (traditional) and Korean brochures available
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
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Sensoji's Symbol: Kaminarimon
The trademark of Sensoji is Kaminarimon housing Fujin and Raijin (statues of the wind and thunder gods). The giant lantern and red painted gate is a signature spot of Sensoji. The statues of Fujin and Raijin project an overwhelming effect on the onlookers.
Japan's Oldest Shopping Street: Nakamise-Dori
Sensoji's Nakamise is the oldest shopping street in Japan. It has a wide variety of stores and is ideal for snacking! Recommended foods are kibidango (sweet rice flour dumplings), hiyashi matcha (iced matcha), age-manju (fried sweet buns), etc. Make sure to try and savor the taste of Asakusa.
Powerful Guardian Gods: Fujin and Raijin
Standing on the right and left side of the Kaminarimon are the statues of Fujin and Raijin. The statues were placed to protect people from the the damage or harm caused by wind, water and fire and are now the symbol of Kaminarimon. The statues get lit up in the evenings, adding to their impact.
Protective Charm "O-Waraji"
Behind Hozomon, there are giant waraji (straw slippers) 4.5 meters in length hung on both sides. They are made and offered to the temple approximately every 10 years; hanging the waraji that have the size of the two protective gods is said to scare away demons. Touching the waraji is also believed to improve any ailments associated with legs and back, and therefore, many elderly people can be seen offering prayers here.
National Treasure: Five-storied Pagoda
The five-storied pagoda located southwest from the main hall stands tall and proud and has a special impact. Built in the year 945, it was burnt down and rebuilt several times until it took its form of today. It was affectionately called one of the "Four Towers of Edo" during the Edo era and was named a national treasure during the Meiji era.
Giant Buddha Statue in Sensoji!
The statue of Amitabha can be found on the left, going from Nakamise to the main hall. It is a remarkable 7.5-meter statue built in 1693. It is located in a discreet place but is definitely worth having a look.
Healing Powers of Nade Botoke
Placed discreetly behind the Hozomon on the left is the statue "Nade Botoke." Because of its hidden location, you won't see many people. If you have an ailment in a certain part of your body, you should touch the same part of the statue as it is said to cure that problem or illness. Please try your luck if you are suffering some pain!
Tour Asakusa in Style in a Rickshaw!
You will see many rickshaws parked in front of Asakusa station towards Kaminarimon. The energetic young men filled with tons of local knowledge about Asakusa and its old town charm will be your Asakusa-concierge to guide you around town in a rickshaw. Recommended for those who wish to do some Asakusa sightseeing in style.