Exploring Asakusa Kannon Temple (浅草寺)

Sensoji (浅草寺, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa,a district in Taitō, Tokyo). It is one of Tokyo’s most colorful and popular temples.

One of the oldest temple in Tokyo, the legend of Asakusa Kannon Temple (浅草寺) 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.

When approaching the temple, one will enter through Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), the outer gate and the symbol of Asakusa and the entire city of Tokyo.

There is a shopping street of over 200 metres called Nakamise which leads from the temple second gate, the Hozomon which offers typical Japanese souvenirs and various traditional local snacks.

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Filled with Japanese Culture, this is a place that one should visit in Tokyo.

How to get there :

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).

 


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