Senso-ji temple in Asakusa 浅草寺

Senso-ji, the oldest temple in Tokyo

Located in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, not far from the Sumida River, the Senso-ji Buddhist temple is particularly popular with the Japanese but also arouses the interest of tourists. Explore this imposing and unmissable Japanese cultural site.

At the end of this alley, you will be able to see the monumental door which is the Hozomon ("Door of the treasure room"). It houses two large statues of Nio, traditional guardians of Japanese Buddhism, sporting a threatening face and responsible for preventing demons from entering the place. The Japanese have a habit of touching their oversized pilgrim sandals, the o-waraji, which are said to bring good luck and happiness.

The hondô (main building) can then be discovered, shining, and preceded by a large censer, the jokoro. The faithful have the habit of "bathing" in the smoke of incense, supposed to possess therapeutic power. To the left of the hondô stands the recently renovated 5-storey pagoda.

Senso-ji map

Address, timetable & access

  • Address

  • Timetable

    Asakusa station on the Ginza, Isesaki and Asakusa Toei lines
  • Price

    Free admission
  • Access

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 6 a.m., 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. religious ceremonies take place

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