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Area:Ueno,Asakusa,Ryogoku   Character: For foreign tourists

  Genre: culture/history   Watch/Play sports   Events/festivals   Sights

  Best time: Whole year   Spring (March to May)

  Category: Walk around area   Temples/ Shrines/ Castles


  • culture/history   Watch/Play sports   Events/festivals   Sights

Kaminarimon and Sensoji Temple, heart of Asakusa

The oldest temple in Tokyo is familiar with the name, "Asakusa Kannon" which literally means Asakusa's Goddess of Mercy. The history of the temple with 30 million visitors a year started back in 7th century. In the early years of the Tokugawa shogunate, Tokugawa Ieyasu designated Sensō-ji as tutelary temple of the Tokugawa clan. The temple has been worship by the people and the power of the time. Beyond the Hozomon Gate stands the temple's main hall and a five storied pagoda.

Sensō-ji is the focus of Tokyo's largest and most popularmatsuri (Shinto festival), Sanja Matsuri. This takes place over 3–4 days in late spring, and sees the surrounding streets closed to traffic from dawn until late evening.

Through Kaminarimon, it is Nakamise-dori.

This 200-meter (656ft) passage has 90 stores along.They are established shops with history. Which give you a touch on Edo period.

Asakusa Jinja, a shinto shrine in Asakusa on the other side.

The main building is 350 years old and designated as a national cultural property in 1951.

Spend the morning exploring Japan's most modern city on this 3.5-hour sightseeing tour featuring Tokyo's cultural and shopping highlights.

Full narration and entry fees are included as you venture inside the Tokyo Tower, Asakusa Kannon Temple and other attractions. There's also time for a photo stop in front of Imperial Palace and a driving tour through the shopping districts of Nakamise and Ginza.


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2-3-1, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
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