Sensō-ji, Asakusa

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TOKYO | Sensō-ji is a Buddhist temple, and the oldest temple in Tokyo. It was founded in 645 AD, and stood until World War II. On 10 March 1945,  it was destroyed by Allied bombers. The temple was rebuilt after the war as a symbol of rebirth and peace. There is a tree that survived the bombings inside its original husk and this too is a symbol of rebirth and peace.

Legend has it that that two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River in 628. They are said to have returned the statue back into the river several times, after which it always returned to them. This led to Sensō-ji being built for the goddess.

It’s a beautiful, imposing temple, which can get very busy with locals and tourists both visiting the grounds. About 200 metres from the temple is Kaminarimon “Thunder Gate”, a large and impressive gate that symbolises Asakusa and the entire city of Tokyo. Between the gate and the temple are rows of stall selling traditional food, souvenirs, scrolls, toys and other curiosities and nick knacks.

Sensō-ji

2-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō
Tokyo 111-0032
Japan

Telephone: 03 3842 0181
E-mail: n/a
Website

Open
Sun – Sat: 6:00am to 5:00pm

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