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Senso-ji Temple: the oldest in Tokyo

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The largest temple in the capital spreads its grandeur and sparkling red presence in the commercial streets of Asakusa.

The primary place of worship for Japanese Buddhists, the Senso-ji Temple is an imposing presence in the centre of the Asakusa neighbourhood. When you arrive, you will pass under the large red lantern, then through another gate to finally arrive at the threshold of the temple. Also known as the Asakusa Kannon Temple, it is dedicated to Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy. The Senso-ji sanctuary includes the Senso-ji Hondo building, the den of the goddess, and a five-story pagoda.

As custom dictates, you will bow before an altar and clap your hands twice then leave an offering in the urn to honour the goddess. Behind the pagoda, you can then try to speak with the carp and fresh water turtles of the pond.

Senso-ji Temple
2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa
Taito
111-0032 Tokyo

+81 (0)3 3842 0181

www.senso-ji.jp

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