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Sensoji Temple

One of Japan’s most frequented destinations! Over 1300 years of history here at the oldest temple in Tokyo.

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This iconic destination in Asakusa sees as many as 30 million visitors each year. It stands as a well-loved mainstay in Tokyo, all while hosting a number of annual traditions like the first temple visit at New Years, Setsubun and more across the year.

From the main Kaminari-mon or “Thunder Gate” known as an icon of Asakusa, you’ll find a larger-than-life, red lantern suspended above, while the guardian statues of Fujin (wind god) and Raijin (thunder god) flank the gate at both sides. From the gate up to the main hall is a 250m stretch known as Nakamise-Dori, lined with a number of souvenir and food shops.

Just steps in front of the main hall you’ll find a hub for burning incense. Many believe that the incense smoke itself can aid in healing any ailments, making it a common stop for visitors looking to waft the smoke over any offending areas.

Highlights

  • Snap a photo to commemorate your trip in front of Kaminarimon, the iconic temple gate of Asakusa!
  • Waft a plume of incense for a healing boost over any physical ailments.
  • After visiting the temple, enjoy a stroll down the sprawling shopping streets of Nakamise-Dori.

Photos

  • Sensoji Temple, Kaminarimon Gate © Sensoji Temple

    Sensoji Temple, Kaminarimon Gate © Sensoji Temple

  • Sensoji Temple, Nakamise Shopping Street © Sensoji Temple

    Sensoji Temple, Nakamise Shopping Street © Sensoji Temple

  • Sensoji Temple, Main Hall © Sensoji Temple

    Sensoji Temple, Main Hall © Sensoji Temple

Official FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions have been vetted and answered directly by each listing.

Q

Could you inform me about the accessibility here?

A

To your left facing the main hall, there is an elevator available for those who have difficulty with stairs. Also, there are accessible toilets located to the right of the Treasure House Gate and at the back of the main hall. They are equipped with handrails for wheelchairs, changing tables, and baby chairs.

Q

Are we not able to see the principal image of Buddha?

A

The principal image of Buddha and the standing image of Buddha in front are hidden Buddhas, therefore they cannot be viewed for worship. However, you can catch a glimpse of the standing image of Buddha once a year, specifically at 2 p.m. on December 13th.

Q

Is it true that there are many 'bad luck' fortunes in the omikuji?

A

It's often said that "Sensoji Temple has many bad luck omikuji", but that’s to be expected with the culture of omikuji. If you do pull a bad luck fortune, fret not, because it’s believed that living sincerely is enough to turn your luck for the better.

Reviews

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  • Top Reviewer

    雷門から仲見世通り通って浅草寺にお参り♪昼間は平日でも人がたくさんいるけど夜はまた雰囲気が違って幻想的です。ここはおみくじで「凶」が出る割合が他の神社よりも高くて、全体の30%が凶らしいですが、これは平安時代から伝わる伝統的なおみくじの割合に従っているからだそうです。私も凶も引きましたが、大吉も引いたことあります。ぜひおみくじ引いてみて、凶が出たら棒に結びましょう!

  • Top Reviewer

    東京江戶人的信仰中心歷史悠久,大紅燈籠高高掛是最醒目的地標,連結周邊的商店街、飲食店、隅田川和晴空塔加上交通便捷,整個區域都是觀光旅遊景點。

  • 趙月霞

    淺草寺的標誌性大門,門口掛著巨大的紅色燈籠,是參觀的必經之路。這裡是拍照的絕佳地點。

  • Sunny Liu

    每回東京旅遊會特別安排淺草寺行程,好像已經成為固定的習慣🤭

  • tim-tian

    晚上的雷門超酷!😎
    比起白天的淺草寺更有氛圍噢~~~!🐲

Details

Name in Japanese
浅草寺
Official Name
Kinryuzan Sensoji Temple
Founded
628 AD
Postal Code
111-0032
Address
2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Telephone
03-3842-0181 (9:00 am to 4:30 pm, excluding Sundays and Holidays)
Admission
Free
Closed
No holidays
Hours
6:00 am to 5:00 pm (Apr.-Sept.); 6:30 am to 5:00 pm (Oct.-Mar.)
Access
1) About 5 minutes on foot from Asakusa Station on the Tobu Skytree Line
2) About 5 minutes on foot from Asakusa Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
3) About 5 minutes on foot from Asakusa Station on the Tsukuba Express
4) About 5 minutes on foot from the A4 Exit of Asakusa Station on the Toei Subway Asakusa Line
Official Website
Official Website