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Sensoji Temple

[Strongly Recommended!] [Seasonal Special!] [Standard] [Religion] [Temple] [Architecture] [Japanese Garden] [Circuit Style Garden]

[Overall] Sightseeing
★★★★★★★★★★ (10.0/10.0)

Features
◎ Enjoyable

◎ Beautiful
◎ Relaxing
○ Unique
◎ Japanese

TRY JAPAN recommends ...

1: to see Kaminarimon Gate with a large red lantern
2: to see the temple grounds that has Main Hall, Five-Storied Pagoda, Hozomon Gate
3: to see Nitenmon Gate that is selected as national important cultural property
4: to imagine the Haiku of Basho Matsuo, seeing the bell at Bentendo Hall
5: to see Denboin Garden (limited period only)

The Oldest Buddhist Temple in Tokyo

If you visit Sensoji Temple, you can see the large red lantern of Kaminarimon Gate.

It is the central place of folk beliefs and the symbol of Asakusa area. It is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. It is said that about 30 million people visit this temple in a year. In particular, it is famous for the first visit of the year, along with Meiji Jingu Shrine and Kawasaki Daishi. It is recognized that there are nearly 3 million visitors during new year period, while it changes year by year.

It is Head Temple of Shokannon Sect. Historically, Takenari Hinokuma and Takenari Hinokuma found a statue of Bodhisattva Kannon at Sumida River when they fished in 628. Knowing the statue, Matsuchi Haji became a monk and made a temple of current Sensoji Temple. Shokai Shonin made Kannondo Hall in 645, and the statue has become a hidden treasure since then.

Its temple grounds consist of Main Hall, Hozomon Gate, 5-Story Pagoda and so on. Nitenmon Gate is selected as Important Property of Japan. Nakamise Shopping Street has a lot of shops that deal with food and souvenior.

There is "Bell of the Time" at Bell Tower of Bentendo Hall. Along with the bell at "Jishodo Bell Tower" of Kaneiji Temple in Ueno Onshi Park, it is famous for the haiku of Basho Matsuo (1644-1694), "Clouds of Flowers, Does the Sound of Bell come from Ueno?, Or from Asakusa?"

While "Denboin Garden" is usually closed to the public, it occasionally opens. This garden is selected as Place of Scenic Beauty of Japan. It is a Japanese circuit garden that Enshu Kobori (1579-1647) made sometime between 1624 and 1644 in Edo Period (1603-1867). Denboin is the residence of Buddhist monks. You can see the scenery of 5-Story Pagoda harmonized with this garden. Carps swim in the pond.

At "The Exhibition of Temple Treasure including Large Wooden Votive Tablets and Garden Viewing" (from March 14, 2014 (Friday) to May 7, 2014 (Wednesday)), many temple treasures including "Ema depicting the Sumo Wrestler Yokozuna Jinmaku Entering the Ring" by Kuniteru Utagawa Ⅱ (1830-1874) were displayed.

From Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center Viewing Deck across from Kaminarimon Gate, you can see the scenery of this temple harmonized with Asakusa area. You can see not only Kaminarimon Gate and Nakamise Shopping Street but also Hozomon Gate, 5-Story Pagoda and Main Hall. In particular, if you visit this observatory at night, you will see strong straight lights of Nakamise Shopping Street and fantastic lit-up Sensoji Temple.

It has a history since 628. It is the middle-sized head Buddhist temple of Shokannon Sect at commercial area in Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo. Its nearest station is Asakusa station.

Event Information

"Sensoji Temple in lights"
Everyday (from sunset to around 23:00)

"All Souls Lantern Memorial Service"
August 15, 2017 (Tuesday)

"The 36th Asakusa Samba Carnival"
August 26, 2017 (Saturday)

"The 38th Taito Takigi Noh"
September 5, 2017 (Tuesday)

"Kinryu-no-Mai Dance"
October 18, 2017 (Wednesday)

"Chrysanthemum Memorial Service"
October 18, 2017 (Wednesday)

Finished Event Information

"Flower Festival"
April 8, 2015 (Wednesday)

"Dance of a white heron"
April 12, 2015 (Sunday)

"Dance of treasure"
May 5, 2015 (Tuesday, National Holiday)

"The Exhibition of Temple Treasure including Large Wooden Votive Tablets and Garden Viewing"
from March 13, 2015 (Friday) to May 7, 2015 (Thursday)
*This exhibition is open from 10:00 to 16:30 (Last Entry: 16:00).

"Sanja Matsuri" (Asakusa Shrine (Around Sensoji Temple))
from May 14, 2015 (Thursday) to May 17, 2015 (Sunday)

"The 25th Naki Sumo"
May 30, 2015 (Saturday)

"Ground Cherry Fair"
from July 9, 2015 (Thursday) to July 10, 2015 (Friday)

"All Souls Lantern Memorial Service"
August 15, 2015 (Saturday)

"The 34th Asakusa Samba Carnival" (This event is held around Sensoji Temple.)
August 29, 2015 (Saturday)

"The 36th Taito Takigi Noh"
September 8, 2015 (Tuesday)

"Shuki Higan-e"
September 23, 2015 (Wednesday, National Holiday)

"The 9th Asakusa Touroue" (This event is held around Sensoji Temple.)
from September 12, 2015 (Saturday) to September 26, 2015 (Saturday)

"Juya-e"
October 17, 2015 (Saturday)

"Chrysanthemum Memorial Service and Kinryu-no-Mai Dance"
October 18, 2015 (Sunday)

"Dance of a white heron"
November 3, 2015 (Tuesday, National Holiday)

"Asakusa Chrysanthemum Exhibition"
from October 20, 2015 (Tuesday) to November 15, 2015 (Sunday)

"Jodoe"
December 8, 2015 (Tuesday)

"The Gokuden Susuharai (Ceremonial year-end cleaning)"
December 12, 2015 (Saturday)

"The Gokuden Opening Buddhist Memorial Service"
December 13, 2015 (Sunday)
*The Gokuden that holds the Bodhisattva Kannon is open to the public.

"Hagoita-ichi"
from December 17, 2015 (Thursday) to December 19, 2015 (Saturday)

"Star Festival"
December 22, 2015 (Tuesday)

"The Bell on New Year's Eve"
December 31, 2015 (Thursday)

"Gooukajie"
January 5, 2016 (Tuesday)

"Shushoe"
from December 31, 2015 (Thursday) to January 6, 2016 (Wednesday)

"Emperor Showa Memorial Day rite"
January 7, 2016 (Thursday)

"Onzahihodaranie"
from January 12, 2016 (Tuesday) to January 18, 2016 (Monday)

"The 62nd Bunkazai Boka Day (Cultural Property Fire Prevention Day) Fire Engine Practice" (This event is held at Sensoji Temple and Asakusa Shrine.)
January 25, 2016 (Monday)

"Setsubun Festival"
February 3, 2016 (Wednesday)

"Harikuyoue (Needle Memorial Service)"
February 8, 2016 (Monday)

"Nehane"
February 15, 2016 (Monday)

"Asakusa Kannnon Jigen-e"
from March 17, 2016 (Thursday) to March 18, 2016 (Friday)

"Kinryu-no-Mai (Golden Dragon Dance)"
March 18, 2016 (Friday)

"Equinox Services (Shunki Higan-e)"
March 20, 2016 (Sunday, National Holiday)

"Flower Festival"
April 8, 2016 (Friday)

"Dance of a white heron"
April 10, 2016 (Sunday)

"Komagatado Hall Grand Festival"
April 19,2016 (Tuesday)

"The 26th Naki Sumo"
April 29, 2016 (Friday, National Holiday)

"Dance of treasure"
May 5, 2016 (Thursday, National Holiday)

"Denboin Garden (Place of Scenic Beauty of Japan) Special Viewing and The Exhibition of Temple Treasure including Large Wooden Votive Tablets"
from March 18, 2016 (Friday) to May 9, 2016 (Monday)
*This exhibition is open from 10:00 to 16:30 (Last Entry: 16:00).

"Sanja Matsuri" (Asakusa Shrine (Around Sensoji Temple))
from May 12, 2016 (Thursday) to May 15, 2016 (Sunday)

"Shogoku Daigoma"
May 28, 2016 (Saturday)

"Yojijosuikaji-e"
June 18, 2016 (Saturday)

"Hyakumikuyo-e"
June 18, 2016 (Saturday)

"Hanako-e"
June 30, 2016 (Thursday)

"Ground Cherry Fair"
from July 9, 2016 (Saturday) to July 10, 2016 (Sunday)

"Urabonsegakie"
July 15, 2016 (Friday)

"All Souls Lantern Memorial Service"
August 15, 2016 (Monday)

"The 35th Asakusa Samba Carnival" (This event is held around Sensoji Temple.)
August 27, 2016 (Saturday)

"The 37th Taito Takigi Noh"
September 6, 2016 (Tuesday)

"Shuki Higan-e"
September 22, 2016 (Thursday, National Holiday)

"Shogoku Daigoma"
September 28, 2016 (Wednesday)

"The 10th Asakusa Touroue" (This event is held around Sensoji Temple.)
from September 17, 2016 (Saturday) to October 1, 2016 (Saturday)

"Juya-e"
October 17, 2016 (Monday)

"Nippon Bunraku in Asakesa Kannon Temple"
from October 15, 2016 (Saturday) to October 18, 2016 (Tuesday)

"Kinryu-no-Mai Dance"
October 18, 2016 (Tuesday)

"Chrysanthemum Memorial Service"
October 18, 2016 (Tuesday)

"Dance of a white heron"
November 3, 2016 (Thursday, National Holiday)

"The 6th Hirosaki Neputa Asakusa Festival" (This event is held around Sensoji Temple.)
from November 5, 2016 (Saturday) to November 6, 2016 (Sunday)

"Asakusa Chrysanthemum Exhibition"
from October 15, 2016 (Saturday) to November 16, 2016 (Wednesday)

"Jodoe"
December 8, 2016 (Thursday)

"The Gokuden Susuharai (Ceremonial year-end cleaning)"
December 12, 2016 (Monday)

"The Gokuden Opening Buddhist Memorial Service"
December 13, 2016 (Tuesday)
*The Gokuden that holds the Bodhisattva Kannon is open to the public.

"Hagoita-ichi"
from December 17, 2016 (Saturday) to December 19, 2016 (Monday)

"Star Festival"
December 21, 2016 (Wednesday)

"The Emperor Birth Celebration Festival"
December 23, 2016 (Friday, National Holiday)

"The Bell on New Year's Eve"
December 31, 2016 (Saturday)

"Gooukajie"
January 5, 2017 (Thursday)

"Shushoe"
from December 31, 2016 (Saturday) to January 6, 2017 (Friday)

"Emperor Showa Memorial Day rite"
January 7, 2017 (Saturday)

"Onzahihodaranie"
from January 12, 2017 (Thursday) to January 18, 2017 (Wednesday)

"The 63th Bunkazai Boka Day (Cultural Property Fire Prevention Day) Fire Engine Practice" (This event is held at Sensoji Temple and Asakusa Shrine.)
January 26, 2017 (Thursday)

"Setsubun Festival"
February 3, 2017 (Friday)

"Harikuyoue (Needle Memorial Service)"
February 8, 2017 (Wednesday)

"Nehane"
February 15, 2017 (Wednesday)

"Tokyo Marathon Support Event at Kaminarimon Gate"
February 26, 2017 (Sunday)

"Asakusa Kannnon Jigen-e"
from March 17, 2017 (Friday) to March 18, 2017 (Saturday)

"Kinryu-no-Mai (Golden Dragon Dance)"
March 18, 2017 (Saturday)

"Equinox Services (Shunki Higan-e)"
March 20, 2017 (Monday, National Holiday)

"Flower Festival"
April 8, 2017 (Saturday)

"Dance of a white heron"
April 9, 2017 (Sunday)

"Komagatado Hall Grand Festival"
April 19, 2017 (Wednesday)

"The 27th Naki Sumo"
April 29, 2017 (Saturday, National Holiday)

"Dance of treasure"
May 5, 2017 (Friday, National Holiday)

"Denboin Garden (Place of Scenic Beauty of Japan) Special Viewing and The Exhibition of Temple Treasure including Large Wooden Votive Tablets"
from March 10, 2017 (Friday) to May 8, 2017 (Monday)
*This exhibition is open from 10:00 to 16:30 (Last Entry: 16:00).

"Sanja Matsuri"
from May 18, 2017 (Thursday) to May 21, 2017 (Sunday)

"Shogoku Daigoma"
May 28, 2017 (Sunday)

"Sangen-e"
from June 3, 2017 (Saturday) to June 4, 2017 (Sunday)

"Yojijosuikaji-e"
June 18, 2017 (Sunday)

"Hyakumikuyo-e"
June 18, 2017 (Sunday)

"Hanako-e"
June 30, 2017 (Friday)

"Yogodo Hall Kusonbutsu Grand Buddhist Memorial Service"
July 7, 2017 (Friday)

"46,000 Days Buddhist Memorial Service"
from July 9, 2017 (Sunday) to July 10, 2017 (Monday)

"Ground Cherry Fair"
from July 9, 2017 (Sunday) to July 10, 2017 (Monday)

"Urabonsegakie"
July 15, 2017 (Saturday)

Necessary Time
It is estimated that It is 1 hour in a regular pace, 30 minutes in a hurried pace, and 1.5 hours in a slow pace. In case of "Exhibition and Garden Viewing," it is 1 hour in a regular pace, 30 minutes in a hurried pace, and 1.5 hours in a slow pace.

Opening Hour
It opens all day. Also, it is lighten-up from sunset time to around 23:00. Main Hall opens from 6:00 to 17:00 from April to September, while it opens from 6:30 to 17:00 from October to March.

Closed Day
It opens every day.

Admissions Fee
It is free to enter Sensoji Temple. In case of "Exhibition and Garden Viewing," it is 300-yen for the general public.

Access
The closest railway satation is Asakusa Station of Ginza Line (Tokyo Metro), Asakusa Line (Toei Subway) and Tokyo Skytree Line (Tobu Railway).

Nearest Railway Station
◎ Asakusa Station (Tobu: Tobu Skytree Line)
◎ Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro: Ginza Line)
◎ Asakusa Station (Toei Subway: Asakusa Line)
◎ Asakusa Station (Metropolitan Intercity: Tsukuba Express)

Fellow Travelers
◎ Alone
◎ With Friends
◎ With Significant Other
◎ With Family
○ With Children

Name in English
Sensoji Temple

Name in Roman Letters
Sensoji

Name in Japanese
浅草寺
せんそうじ

Address
2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo, Japan, 111-0032

Telephone Number
03-3842-0181

URL
http://www.senso-ji.jp

Map

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Purpose: Garden

Purpose: Religion

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