Boasting a history of over 1300 years, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo is among the most-visited in Japan!
As the main tourist attraction in Asakusa, this temple welcomes over 30 million visitors a year. With annual events such as the first visit of the New Year and Setsubun, an event marking the former beginning of spring with a bean-throwing ceremony, Sensoji is a temple that represents Tokyo itself.
At Kaminarimon, the Thunder Gate symbolizing Asakusa, a red lantern is suspended. To the left and right of this grand entrance stand two statues, Fujin and Raijin, representing the gods of wind and thunder, respectively.
Extending about 250 meters from Kaminarimon to Hondo, the Main Hall of worship, the stalls of Nakamise-Dori shopping street offer visitors souvenirs and food.
In front of the Hondo, there is an incense burner. Since the smoke of this incense is said to facilitate the healing of physical suffering, many worshippers waft it over themselves.
Taking a commemorative photo at Kaminarimon, the symbol of Asakusa, is a must!
Eating while strolling along Nakamise-Dori shopping street is popular!
- Official Name
- Kinryuzan Sensoji Temple
- 628 AD
- Postal Code
- 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
- 03-3842-0181 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm, excluding Sundays and Holidays)
- No holidays
- 6:00 am to 5:00 pm (Apr.-Sept.); 6:30 am to 5:00 pm (Oct.-Mar.)
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 (Japanese)