Sensoji Temple

Sensō-ji tokyo

(81 3) 3842-0181

Built by two brothers to honor Kannon, the goddess of mercy, Sensoji is one of Tokyo’s most famous and popular temples. The ancient Buddhist structure was completed in 645, making it Tokyo’s oldest. Destroyed by bombings during the war, the buildings were reconstructed and today some 30 million locals and tourists visit it annually. Dominating the temple’s entrance is the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), where visitors can view the world-famous massive and vividly painted paper lanterns that adorn the gate. Inside the temple stand a five-storied pagoda and the temple’s main hall, which is devoted to Kannon. Nakamise, the street leading from the Thunder Gate to the temple itself, is lined with shops offering typical Japanese souvenirs and local snacks.

Written by Teva Kukan

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