Located in Asakusa, part of Taito-ku, Tokyo, Senso-ji was -- according to legend -- founded with the enshrining of a statue of the Kannon-Bosatsu (goddess of mercy) caught in the net of a fisherman on the Sumida-gawa in the spring of 628. Members of the shogunate, based in Kamakura in present-day Kanagawa Prefecture in the latter half of the 12th century, were devout worshippers here. The temple retained official support under the Tokugawa shogunate which took power in the 17th century in Edo (present-day Tokyo). Most of the buildings were destroyed by fire during air raids in World War II. Subsequent donations by people from all over the country. however, made it possible to reconstruct the Kannon-do, the Kaminari-mon (the main front gate) and other parts of the temple complex. Today, Senso-ji attracts many visitors from all over Japan and abroad as one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Tokyo. Nearby is another popular attraction -- the shrine Asakusa-jinja. The Sanja Matsuri ("Festival of Three Shrines"), held in May every year is known as one of the major festivals of Edo.
Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Admission Fee: Free in the temple precincts
Closed: Open throughout the year
[Rail]JR Tokyo Stn./JR Yamanote Line/2-min. ride/Kanda Stn./Eidan Subway Ginza Line/10-min. ride/Asakusa Stn./5-min. walk