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This is a temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo. The Buddha here is Avalokitesvara, which is also referred to as the Asakusa Kannon. This was a center of Edo cultural development and the feeling of a downtown area of the Edo period still remains here. The entrance of the temple Kaminarimon is famous for its massive lantern that hangs from the gate, officially called the "Fujin Raijin Gate", on the right side is Fujin and on the left is Raijin. (These are the names of Japanese deities). It's a landmark of Asakusa and is a very popular filming area. Passing through the gate you come to Japan's oldest shopping district Nakamise. There are 250m worth of shops with about 54 stores on the east and 35 on the west, with a total of 89 shops. There are many shops that have lasted all the way from the Edo era and so the feeling of the Edo era remains in the area. Even if you're not looking for a souvenir it's a great place to just walk through. Attention has even been given to replicating the authentic shop shutters. Passing through the Nakamise you will reach the Hozomon with its two-story roof. This gate has a deva king's image on both sides. The upper layer of the gate is important cultural property. Passing through the Hozomon your eye will be caught by the main hall with its steep roof. The current main hall was rebuilt in 1958 after the previous one was burned in an air raid on Tokyo. The Asakusa Kannon is enshrined here in the main hall. Away from the main hall to the southwest is a 5-story pagoda dedicated to Kannon. The surrounding area has trees planted and so it has become an oasis. Admission times from October to March begin at 6:30 (AM).
By train, the Isesaki Tobu Railway's Asakusa Station (浅草駅) is the closest station. By subway the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Toei Asakusa Line's Asakusa Station is nearest. By bus, get off on the Asakusa Kaminarimon (浅草駅) stop of either the Toei or Keisei Town buses and the Taito Circulation bus's Kita Megurin stop is the closest (北めぐりん). By car, the Metropolitan Express Way No. 6 Mukojima Line's Komagata IC is the nearest. (駒形IC). There is nearby underground parking and business hours run from 7:00 to 23:00. The first 30 minutes of parking is 200 yen and every 12 minutes after is 100 yen.
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Description: Senso-ji Temple
|Sights||Senso-ji Temple (浅草寺)|
2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 03-3842-0181|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Senso-ji Temple