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Kinryū-zan Sensō-ji, Asakusa Kannon, Senso Temple, Asakusa Shrine
2-3-1 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo Prefecture 111-0032, Japan
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Location Type: Attraction
The ancient Buddhist temple of Senso-ji is famous for its massive red paper lanterns at the gate. Between the outer gate and second gate is a historical shopping street called Nakamise, with lots of souvenirs and sweets on sale.
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Wikipedia - Sensō-ji

Nakamise-Dōri at night, SENSŌ-JI, Tokyo
Nakamise-Dōri at night.

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo. It is Tokyo's oldest temple, and one of its most significant. Formerly associated with the Tendai sect, it became independent after World War II. Adjacent to the temple is a Shinto shrine, the Asakusa Shrine.

Many tourists, both Japanese and from abroad, visit Sensō-ji every year. Catering to the visiting crowds, the surrounding area has many traditional shops and eating places that feature traditional dishes (hand-made noodles, sushi, tempura, etc.). Nakamise-Dori, the street leading from the Thunder Gate to the temple itself, is lined with small shops selling souvenirs ranging from fans, ukiyo-e (woodblock prints), kimono and other robes, Buddhist scrolls, traditional sweets, to Godzilla toys, t-shirts, and cell-phone straps. These shops themselves are part of a living tradition of selling to pilgrims who walked to Sensō-ji.
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Wikitravel - Tokyo / Asakusa

Asakusa Kannon (aka Senso-ji) during night
Asakusa Kannon (aka Senso-ji) during night

Asakusa is a part of Tokyo's downtown Taito district best known for its many temples, particularly Sensōji.

Sensōji, also known as Asakusa Kannon, is Tokyo's largest Buddhist temple and a major attraction for Japanese and foreigners alike. Take the Sensoji exit of the subway and follow the crowds.
Up first is the Kaminarimon or "Thunder Gate", featuring a much-photographed giant lantern and statues of guardian gods Raijin (god of thunder) and Fujin (god of wind). First built in 942, the gate has been destroyed numerous times and the current incarnation dates to only 1950. The Nakamise shopping arcade leading up to the temple starts after the gate (see Buy).
At the end of the arcade is the main gate Hōzōmon, notable for a giant straw sandal (waraji) hung up on one side. This gate too is guarded by ferocious guardian gods.
The perennially busy Kannondō is behind the gate, with a steady stream of worshippers wafting incense over themselves and trooping up the steps to pray and donate. According to legend, the hall was originally built in 628 to house a statue of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, fished out of the Sumida River by two brothers.
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