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“Felt Very Touristy On My Last Visit”
Review of Senso-ji Temple

Senso-ji Temple
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US$56.06*
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Half Day Sightseeing Tour in Tokyo
Ranked #2 of 479 things to do in Taito
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: According to legend, two brothers kept trying to return a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, to the Sumida River only to have it returned to them the next day. This temple located in Tokyo's Asakusa district was built to honor her.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don't get me wrong, I love Sensoji Temple. I spent a memorable new years eve there back in the late 1990s. I remember people hurling 5yen coins from 20 or 30 metres away over our heads into the offering box. This monetary offering is called saisen. That night the shear number of saisen offerings made the dark sky glitter as the coins sailed by.
But on my last visit I felt that the row of stalls and shops leading up to Sensoji had gotten tackier and very touristy. I suggest visiting early in the morning or later in the evening when the shops are closed for a better experience.

Thank RonH1963
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good to experience the japanese culture and also you can enjoy the snacks along the way. As the compound is rather big, it can hold a huge amount of tourist before it gets too crowded.

Thank Lai F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

in this place you can find a large and beautiful temple. lots of exotic places there to take pictures. the temple area is close to many choices of restaurants and hotels. it is also close to asakusa station. For tMuslim, there are some halal restaurants that can be found around this region. the temple is also close to Asakusa Nakamise, which is a shopping area for tourists.

Thank fadilannisa a
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I finally made it to this temple on my 3rd Tokyo trip. Its an enjoyable walk off the subway down a long pathway, open air stalls on either side. Many foreigners and locals alike use this location as the backdrop to take photographs dressed in traditional kimono. The temple itself is packed almost all year round but there is still a sense of respect and recognition by most visitors. If you don't have the opportunity to visit the beautiful kyoto temples, this might be the next best thing.

Thank jdbsays
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were impressed with the architecture of this temple and the shopping street/market adjacent to it.

A must visit when in Tokyo, but be prepared for lots of crowds!

This is also a short walk to the skytree, so worth visiting both during the same morning/afternoon.

Thank CharlotteKirsch
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