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.
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