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  • Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa Taito-ku
  • Hours: Main hall: 6am - 5pm (6:30am from Oct - Mar). Temple grounds always open
  • Admission: Free

The Asakusa Temple (Senso-ji) combines majestic architecture, centers of worship, elaborate Japanese gardens, and traditional markets to give you a modern-day look at the history and culture of Japan.

Erected in the year 645 AD, in what was once an old fishing village, the Asakusa Temple was dedicated to the goddess of mercy, Kanon. Known as the Senso-ji Temple in Japan, it is located in the heart of Asakusa, known as the "low city," on the banks of the Sumida River.

Stone-carved statues of Fujin (the Wind god) and Raijin (the Thunder god) guard the entrance of the temple, known as Kaminarimon or Thunder Gate. Next is the Hozomon Gate, leading to the shopping streets of Nakamise, filled with local vendors selling folk-crafts and Japanese snacks. There is also the Kannondo Hall, home of the stunning Asakusa shrine.

Practical Info

You can visit the historical Asakusa Temple (Senso-ji) any day of the week and it is easily accessible. Senso-ji is located in Asakusa, which is part of the Taito district in central Tokyo. The temple is just a few steps away from the Asakusa Station, which is serviced by subways and trains.

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