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Sensoji (󑐎, Sensōji, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is one of Tokyo's most colorful and popular temples.

The legend says that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River, and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Consequently, Sensoji was built nearby for the goddess of Kannon. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo's oldest temple.

When approaching the temple, visitors first enter through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), the outer gate of Sensoji Temple and the symbol of Asakusa and the entire city of Tokyo.

A shopping street of over 200 meters, called Nakamise, leads from the outer gate to the temple's second gate, the Hozomon. Alongside typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans, various traditional local snacks from the Asakusa area are sold along the Nakamise. The shopping street has a history of several centuries.

Beyond the Hozomon Gate stands the temple's main hall and a five storied pagoda. Destroyed in the war, the buildings are relatively recent reconstructions. The Asakusa Shrine, built in the year 1649 by Tokugawa Iemitsu, stands only a few dozen meters to the left of the temple's main building.

Various events are held throughout the year in the Sensoji Temple area. The biggest of them is the Sanja Matsuri, the annual festival of the Asakusa Shrine, held in May. Other events are the Asakusa Samba Carnival in August and the Hagoita-ichi (Hagoita Market) at which decorated wooden paddles used in the traditional game of hanetsuki are sold.

Getting there and around

Sensoji Temple is a few steps from Asakusa Station, served by the Ginza Subway Line, Asakusa Subway Line and Tobu Railways.

From Tokyo Station

Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes, 140 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes, 170 yen).

From Shinjuku Station

Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes, 170 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes, 170 yen).

Orientation in Tokyo

Hours and Fees

Hours

Main hall: 6:00 to 17:00 (from 6:30 from October to March)
Temple grounds: Always open

Closed

No closing days

Admission

Free

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    • Resol Poshtel Tokyo Asakusa
      Budget-friendly
      Ideally set in Tokyo, Resol Poshtel Tokyo Asakusa offers air-conditioned rooms, a shared lounge and free WiFi. The property is around 400 metres from Asakusa Public Hall, 500 metres from Edo Taito Traditional Crafts Center and 600 metres from Sogenji Temple. The property is close to popular attractions like Kinryu Park, Hozomon Gate and Honpo-ji Temple. Popular points of interest near the capsule hotel include Asakusa ROX Shopping Center, Drum Museum and Kappabashi-dori Shopping Street. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 18 km from Resol Poshtel Tokyo Asakusa.
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    • Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo
      Budget-friendly
      Conveniently situated in the Taito district of Tokyo, Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo is located 60 metres from Komagatado, 500 metres from Kaminarimon Gate Senso-ji and 500 metres from Ekimise Asakusa. With a shared lounge, the 1-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. The hostel offers a terrace. Popular points of interest near Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo include Hozomon Gate, Chiisanagarasunohonno Museum and World Bags and Luggage Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 17 km from the accommodation.
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    • cyashitsu ryokan asakusa
      Mid-range
      Attractively located in Tokyo, cyashitsu ryokan asakusa features air-conditioned rooms, a bar, free WiFi and a shared lounge. Boasting a terrace, this property is situated a short distance from Asakusa Fujiasama Shrine, Nitenmon Gate and Edo Taito Traditional Crafts Center. The accommodation offers a concierge service and luggage storage space for guests. At the ryokan, rooms are equipped with a wardrobe. Guests at cyashitsu ryokan asakusa can enjoy an Asian breakfast. At the accommodation guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot tub. Popular points of interest near cyashitsu ryokan asakusa include Honryuin Matsuchiyama Shoden, Hozomon Gate and Great Tokyo Air Raid Memorial Monument. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 18 km from the ryokan.
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    • Hotel Gracery Asakusa
      Luxury
      800 metres from Sensoji Temple, Hotel Gracery Asakusa provides a 4-star accommodation in the Taito district of Tokyo. The property is located 1.7 km from Tokyo Skytree and 1.8 km from Edo Tokyo Museum. The property is 2 km from Ryogoku Kokugikan National Sumo Stadium and 5 km from Marunouchi Building. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. The rooms come with a private bathroom with a bath. At Hotel Gracery Asakusa the rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Staff speak English and Japanese at the reception. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 30 km from Hotel Gracery Asakusa.
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    • B:CONTE Asakusa
      Mid-range
      Only a 5-minute walk from Asakusa Subway Station and Tawaramachi Subway Station, B:CONTE Asakusa offers modern accommodations with a kitchen and an in-room launderette. Free Wi-Fi is available at the entire property and Japanese/English-speaking concierge service is available. Senso-ji Temple is a 3-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV with a DVD player and ironing facilities. The kitchen comes with a microwave, a fridge and a stove. Kitchenware is provided as well, and the en suite bathroom comes with a shower room. Free-use bicycles are available for guests to tour the area and dry cleaning services are offered at the concierge. An air purifier and trouser press can be rented as well. French and Italian dishes are served at Daimasu Bar. Asakusa B:CONTE is a 10-minute train ride from Tokyo Sky Tree and Ryogoku Sumo Hall. JR Ueno and Akihabara Train Stations are both a 5-minute train ride away.
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    • KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS
      Mid-range
      Ideally located in the Sumida Ward district of Tokyo, KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS is set 100 metres from Tokyo Origami Museum, 600 metres from Komagatado and 800 metres from Chiisanagarasunohonno Museum. With a bar, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The hotel has family rooms. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. All guest rooms at KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Continental and ? la carte breakfast options are available every morning at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS include Sumida Riverside Hall, Tokyo Metropolitan Memorial Hall and Bekko Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 17 km from the hotel.
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    • Asakusa Kokono Club Hotel
      Mid-range
      Conveniently located in the centre of Tokyo, Asakusa Kokono Club Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms, a garden and a terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. The hotel has family rooms. At the hotel, all rooms have a desk. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Guests at Asakusa Kokono Club Hotel can enjoy an American or an Asian breakfast. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Edo Taito Traditional Crafts Center, Hozomon Gate and Asakusa ROX Shopping Center. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 18 km from Asakusa Kokono Club Hotel.
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    • Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
      Mid-range
      Open from December 2015, Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International is situated within a 1-minute walk from Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station. The property features a 24-hour front desk and offers free WiFi access in all areas. The hotel is situated a 8-minute walk away from Asakusa Train Station, which offers access to the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Toei Asakusa Line and Tobu Line train routes. Guests can enjoy sightseeing and shopping in the area. Sensoji Temple is only 300 metres away and the iconic Kaminarimon Thunder Gate and Nakamise-Dori Street are both within a 6-minutes walk from the hotel. The property offers luggage storage. In addition, guests will find laundry and dry cleaning facilities at an extra cost, as well as a trouser press. Drink vending machines are on site. Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International features 2 meeting rooms. All guest rooms feature air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, Simmons mattresses, an iron, safety box and desk. Electric kettles and refrigerators are also installed. The en suite bathroom features a bath and shower. Free toiletries including toothbrushes, a hairdryer and slippers are provided. Several restaurants and fast-food stores are located within a 5-minute walk from the property.
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    • Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Spring
      Luxury
      Situated conveniently in the Taito district of Tokyo, Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Spring is set 300 metres from Edo Taito Traditional Crafts Center, 400 metres from Asakusa Public Hall and 500 metres from Asakusa ROX Shopping Center. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking is available on site. The units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. Featuring a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at the hotel also have a city view. Onyado Nono Asakusa offers a buffet or Asian breakfast. At the accommodation guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot spring bath and a sauna. Popular points of interest near Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Spring include Kinryu Park, Kaminarimon Gate Senso-ji and Nitenmon Gate. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 18 km from the hotel.
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    • Khaosan Tokyo Origami
      Budget-friendly
      Located in central Asakusa, Khaosan Tokyo Origami is a 5-minute walk from iconic Kaminari-mon Gate and Senso-ji Temple. Open from October 2014, this hostel offers dorm beds and Japanese-style private rooms, while hosting various events on site. Free WiFi is available in all areas. The hostel has a shared lounge offering complimentary drinks and panoramic city views. Guests can socialise with other guests at the gallery space, which holds cultural events and crafts workshops. Luggage storage, laundry facilities and free-use PCs are also available on site. Rooms are all soundproof and come with air conditioning, heating and bed linens. Toilets and bathrooms are shared, and free toiletries are offered. Tokyo Origami Khaosan is a 5-minute walk from Asakusafs Nakamise shopping street. No meals are served. Guests can prepare their own meals at the common kitchen.
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