Senso Ji

Things to Do in Tokyo

Photo Image of Senso Ji
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Rich with an blend of history, devotion and legend, the original Senso-ji ancient Buddhist temple in the Asakusa area of Tokyo was opened for worship in 645 AD, making it the oldest temple in Tokyo, and certainly one of its most important. Sadly, during the firebombing raids carried out on Tokyo during World War II, much of the temple was destroyed, but it was rebuilt in the same vernacular thereafter.

To say Senso-ji is colourful is an understatement. By day its red/orange and gold walls, contrasted with white trim, reflect the sun; by night it is artificially lit and oozes the dominant red. As such, it is one of Tokyo’s most-photographed attractions. Its ancient Buddhist roots waft through tourists’ nostrils with the continually burning incense; it’s a trip to the distant past in the current moment.

Senso-ji is complemented by a five-storey pagoda building, adding height to the solid, albeit decorative, main temple. And the street that leads toward the front doors of Senso-ji is lined with small shops selling tasty treats, souvenirs and Japanese crafts. Many visitors opt to enjoy a cup of green tea and a rice biscuit before they tour the temple and gaze at the Buddha and Chinese lions statuary. Senso-ji is the postcard-picture you’ll want to take home from your trip to Tokyo, Japan.

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