Senso-ji 金龍山浅草寺 is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo (Japan). It’s one of the most popular temples in Tokyo, hence one of the most crowded. I’d recommend you to visit this beautiful and colorful temple early in the morning for a better sightseeing and photos.

HOW TO GET THERE

You can get to Senso-ji temple by taking the Ginza Subway Line and alighting in Asakusa Station from your current position

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EXPLORING AROUND

Once crossed the main gates, you will face a shopping street which leads from the main gates to the next gates right in front. Along this shopping street, you may find typical Japanese souvenirs and traditional snacks in the Nakamise-dōri 仲見世通り. As curious fact, if you buy some snacks, you must eat it at the same shop! Is not allowed eating snacks during your walking

Continuing walking straight ahead, you will reach to the second gate

Surroundings from the second gate.

Ending up the temple’s sightseeing, you may lead towards the shopping mall next to temple and its streets. Strolling around this area you may discover traditional restaurants, beautiful street decorations and ton of shops. Worth to spend half day!

The streets around the temple are full of shopping/souvenirs malls whether you’re thinking to buy some souvenirs for family/friends. From anime toys to electronic products and medicines. The time spent there may be really worthy

In short, Senso-ji temple can’t be missed of your trip to Tokyo despite its crowds. You can easily spend half day there and enjoy of an amazing walk and shopping.

Tip: during my strolling, I found a very traditional Ramen restaurant which I marked below in the map. On the area you may find many restaurants, but most of them are tourist-made. Enjoy typical local food is not easy to find within this area. Worth to have a try!

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DETAILS

  • Location: Sensoji temple 金龍山浅草寺@ Asakusa district
  • Transportation chosen: Ginza Line @ Asakusa Station
  • Time spent: 4 hours + lunch
  • Score: 8.5/10

 

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