"ASAKUSA" Asakusa Tip by Adeline_Foo

Asakusa, Tokyo: 82 reviews and 160 photos


SENSOJI TEMPLE is Tokyo's oldest and most popular temple, with a history dating back to 628. That was when, according to popular lore, two brothers fishing in the nearby Sumida River netted the catch of their lives-a tiny golden statue of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy and happiness, who is empowered with the ability to release humans from all suffering. Sensoji Temple (also popularly known as Asakusa Kannon) was erected in her honor, and although the statue is housed here, it's never shown to the public. Still, through the centuries worshippers have flocked here, seeking favors of Kannon, and when Sensoji Temple burned down during a 1945 bombing raid, the present structure was rebuilt with donations by the Japanese people.
Colorful NAKAMISE DORI, a pedestrian lane leading to the shrine, is lined with traditional shops and souvenir stands, while nearby DEMBOIN GARDEN remains an insider's favorite as a peaceful oasis away from the bustling crowds

Address: Asakusa Station
Directions: Tokyo Metro / Tobu ASAKUSA
othercontact: Open 24 hours; Free admission
Phone: +81 3-3872-4886
Website: http://www.asakusashichifukujin.jp/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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