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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 Railway.

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).

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    • MIMARU TOKYO ASAKUSA STATION
      Luxury
      Featuring 4-star accommodation, MIMARU TOKYO ASAKUSA STATION is located in Tokyo, 200 metres from Komagatado and 500 metres from Hozomon Gate. The property is close to several well-known attractions, 300 metres from World Bags and Luggage Museum, 400 metres from Asakusa Public Hall and 600 metres from Drum Museum. The property is non-smoking and is set 200 metres from Asakusa Station. The units come with air conditioning, a fridge, a microwave, a kettle, a bidet, free toiletries and a wardrobe. Featuring a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer, rooms at the hotel also have free WiFi, while some rooms come with a river view. At MIMARU TOKYO ASAKUSA STATION all rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Sumida Riverside Hall, Nitenmon Gate and Chiisanagarasunohonno Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 22 km from MIMARU TOKYO ASAKUSA STATION.
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    • KOKO HOTEL Residence Asakusa Kappabashi
      Luxury
      Featuring 4-star accommodation, KOKO HOTEL Residence Asakusa Kappabashi is set in Tokyo, 200 metres from Kinryu Park and 400 metres from Sogenji Temple. With free WiFi, this 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The property is 300 metres from Kappabashi-dori Shopping Street, and within 6.8 km of the city centre. All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a fridge, a microwave, a kettle, a shower, free toiletries and a desk. At the hotel all rooms include a private bathroom with a bath. Popular points of interest near KOKO HOTEL Residence Asakusa Kappabashi include Akiba Shrine, Asakusa ROX Shopping Center and Matsuba Park. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 23 km from the accommodation.
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    • cyashitsu ryokan asakusa
      Mid-range
      Attractively located in the centre of Tokyo, cyashitsu ryokan asakusa features air-conditioned rooms, a shared lounge, free WiFi and a terrace. Well situated in the Taito district, this ryokan offers a bar, as well as a hot tub. The property is non-smoking and is situated 300 metres from Asakusa Fujiasama Shrine. At the ryokan, all rooms are equipped with a wardrobe. Rooms are equipped with a safety deposit box and some rooms include city views. Guests at cyashitsu ryokan asakusa can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Nitenmon Gate, Edo Taito Traditional Crafts Center and Great Tokyo Air Raid Memorial Monument. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 24 km from cyashitsu ryokan asakusa.
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    • Asakusa Kokono Club Hotel
      Mid-range
      Boasting a garden, a terrace as well as a restaurant, Asakusa Kokono Club Hotel is set in the centre of Tokyo, 70 metres from Edo Taito Traditional Crafts Center. With free WiFi, this 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. Some units at the property feature a balcony with a city view. An American, Asian or vegetarian breakfast is available every morning at the property. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Kinryu Park, Asakusa ROX Shopping Center and Drum Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 23 km from Asakusa Kokono Club Hotel.
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    • Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo
      Budget-friendly
      Located 100 metres from Asakusa Station, Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo offers 2-star accommodation in Tokyo and features a shared lounge, a terrace and a bar. The property is situated 600 metres from Chiisanagarasunohonno Museum, 300 metres from World Bags and Luggage Museum and 800 metres from Drum Museum. The property is non-smoking and is set 200 metres from Komagatado. With a shared bathroom equipped with a bidet and a hairdryer, rooms at the hostel also offer free WiFi, while certain rooms include a river view. Popular points of interest near Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo include Hozomon Gate, Sumida Riverside Hall and Asakusa Public Hall. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 22 km from the accommodation.
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    • Asakusa Tobu Hotel
      Mid-range
      Well situated in Tokyo, Asakusa Tobu Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and private parking. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. The property is non-smoking and is set 400 metres from Hozomon Gate. The units at the hotel come with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. At Asakusa Tobu Hotel every room includes bed linen and towels. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near Asakusa Tobu Hotel include Nitenmon Gate, Asakusa Station and Komagatado. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 22 km from the hotel.
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    • Minn Asakusa
      Mid-range
      Situated in Tokyo, Minn Asakusa features 3-star accommodation with private balconies. With free WiFi, this 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service. The property is 300 metres from Great Tokyo Air Raid Memorial Monument, and within 7.4 km of the city centre. The rooms are fitted with a fridge, microwave, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a bidet and free toiletries, all rooms at the hotel have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and some rooms also boast a terrace. At Minn Asakusa the rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Nitenmon Gate, Hozomon Gate and Honryuin Matsuchiyama Shoden. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 22 km from Minn Asakusa.
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    • KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS is situated in Tokyo, 700 metres from Chiisanagarasunohonno Museum and 600 metres from Asakusa Station. Featuring a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is non-smoking and is set 100 metres from Tokyo Origami Museum. All guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. At KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS all rooms include bed linen and towels. Breakfast is available every morning, and includes ? la carte, continental and vegan options. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Sumida Riverside Hall, Komagatado and Kuramae Jinja Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 22 km from KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS.
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    • Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Spring
      Luxury
      Situated conveniently in the centre of Tokyo, Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Spring offers buffet breakfast and free WiFi throughout the property. Attractively situated in the Taito district, this hotel features a restaurant, as well as a sauna and a hot spring bath. Private parking is available on site. Speaking Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese at the 24-hour front desk, staff are always at hand to help. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Edo Taito Traditional Crafts Center, Asakusa Public Hall and Asakusa ROX Shopping Center. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 24 km from Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Spring.
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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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