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One of Japan’s most frequented destinations! Over 1300 years of history here at the oldest temple in Tokyo.
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions have been vetted and answered directly by each listing.
Could you inform me about the accessibility here?
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.
Are we not able to see the principal image of Buddha?
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.
Is it true that there are many 'bad luck' fortunes in the omikuji?
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.
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- Name in Japanese
- Official Name
- Kinryuzan Sensoji Temple
- 628 AD
- Postal Code
- 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
- 03-3842-0181 (9:00 am to 4:30 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