Gojunoto – Five Story Pagoda – Sensoji Temple

Attraction 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa Taito, Tokyo 111-0032 Japan Published on: 26-02-2016

2 hours
06:00 AM - 05:00 PM
06:00 PM
07:00 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Must see
Kids
Free
Architecture
Temple & Monument
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Gojunoto – five story pagoda – Sensoji Temple is one of the oldest Temple in Japan where people go to pray in the New year’s Eve. Gojunoto is the Five Story high Pagoda within the Sensoji Temple complex.

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Why Gojunoto – Five Story Pagoda – Sensoji Temple is special ?

Founded in 628, Sensoji Temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo. Many people believe that the Asakusa Kannon deity enshrined here has the ability to bestow benefits on earth, and around 30 million visitors from throughout Japan and abroad visit the temple every year. It was the epicenter for the development of Edo culture, and these traces still remain today. Many seasonal events are held including the Hozuki (Chinese lantern plant) Market and Hagoita (wooden paddle) Market. The huge lanterns hung at Kaminari (Thunder) Gate are very famous throughout Japan.


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What to explore at Gojunoto – Five Story Pagoda – Sensoji Temple?

Various events are held throughout the year in the Sensoji Temple area. The biggest of them is the Sanja Matsuri, the annual festival of the Asakusa Shrine, held in May. Other events are the Asakusa Samba Carnival in August and the Hagoita-ichi (Hagoita Market) at which decorated wooden paddles used in the traditional game of hanetsuki are sold.

When approaching the temple, visitors first enter through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), the outer gate of Sensoji Temple and the symbol of Asakusa and the entire city of Tokyo.

A shopping street of over 200 meters, called Nakamise, leads from the outer gate to the temple's second gate, the Hozomon. Alongside typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans, various traditional local snacks from the Asakusa area are sold along the Nakamise. The shopping street has a history of several centuries.

Beyond the Hozomon Gate stands the temple's main hall and a five storied pagoda. Destroyed in the war, the buildings are relatively recent reconstructions. The Asakusa Shrine, built in the year 1649 by Tokugawa Iemitsu, stands only a few dozen meters to the left of the temple's main building.

How to get to Gojunoto – Five Story Pagoda – Sensoji Temple?

From Tokyo Station

Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes, 140 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes, 170 yen).

From Shinjuku Station

Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes, 170 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes, 170 yen).

Selling points

  • Worth Seeing and Free”
  • Stunning Architecture and a Living Shrine ”
  • “Nice at Night”
  • Wonderful temple , very busy
  • Food vendors on the way”
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Duration
9.0 days
Estimated
1,379.63 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa Taito, Tokyo 111-0032 Japan

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Tips for you

  • The temple is also known as the Asakusa Kannon Temple.
    Hictoric
  • You should try an Ice cream with sake taste
    Food
  • If you visit at night when everything is lit up it is much
    Timming
  • You should not visit on weekday because it is crowded.
    Timming
  • You are suggested to come early in the morning to avoid the crowd
    Timming
  • The temple itself does not provide you with much information on its history and so it is best to find this out yourself before
    Other
  • The area is very busy, so be prepared for crowds
    Other
  • Inside the temple, people are throwing coins into this big box and they pray, so beware of arms waving and coins throwing everywhere.
    Other
  • It is very crowded so you should be to the pickpockets careful.
    Safety
  • It is an idea place to come on the New Year Eve.
    Location
  • The garden around the temple is very beautiful
    View
  • There is a ramen shop very close to the temple with was great
    Things nearby

Reviews

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Well, free is subjective! There are many ways to find tours and some are free, some are not even for the same attraction. If you go across the street of the museum at the Information Center, at 11 am, there is a free tour to this temple. It is one hour long. Be careful not to be distracted by the many shops on your way because you are given one complementary tour and the guide will disappear after so. You can always explore the shops after your guide leaves.Also I rated this as free but like I said, there are tours that charges.It is worth seeing with all so ancient history and a true representation of Japanese culture. The guide will tell you some "unwritten" culture and traditions such as, In Japan, it is impolite or improper to be eating while walking and he also told me how the buddhist pray. Explore this city and learn how they are so unique in their own way, how their culture is so admired and preserved.

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Amazing architecture in this very active shrine which plays an active role in the lives of many Japanese. Arriving at 06:30am and visiting all of the buildings including the pagoda - it was the steady stream of Japanese that impressed me most. Their devotion and prayers and respect show at several of the smaller shrines in site is inspiring. I am here now as I type this and feel at peace. This is a top site to visit and must not be missed.

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There a lot of souvenir shops before reaching the temple. We visited the temple early evening and there were a lot of people amazed by the temple including me and my hubby. One of the best temples we have visited so far especially with the night lights that added to the beauty of the temple. Definitely a place to visit when in Tokyo.

TripAdvisor View more

Well, free is subjective! There are many ways to find tours and some are free, some are not even for the same attraction. If you go across the street of the museum at the Information Center, at 11 am, there is a free tour to this temple. It is one hour long. Be careful not to be distracted by the many shops on your way because you are given one complementary tour and the guide will disappear after so. You can always explore the shops after your guide leaves. Also I rated this as free but like I said, there are tours that charges. It is worth seeing with all so ancient history and a true representation of Japanese culture. The guide will tell you some "unwritten" culture and traditions such as, In Japan, it is impolite or improper to be eating while walking and he also told me how the buddhist pray. Explore this city and learn how they are so unique in their own way, how their culture is so admired and preserved.

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