Even for travelers with little interest in history or temples, this complex in the heart and soul of Asakusa is without a doubt one of Tokyo's must-see sights. Come for its local and historical importance, its garden, its 17th-century Shinto shrine, and the wild Sanja Matsuri–Tokyo's most famous festival–in May. The area also offers a myraid of interesting shops, winding back streets, and an atmosphere unlike anywhere else in Tokyo.
2–3–1 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tokyo, 111-0032, Japan
Oct 21, 2005
I will agree it is architecturally and historically significant -- but compared to Kyoto's and Nara's sights this place feels new, canned and touristy. Maybe we are all just unwilling to admit Tokyo is not a place to go to see beautiful temples. If you are not going to some of the older cities in Japan -- you should see Senso. I will also admit the gardens here are nice. But if you are seeing some of Japan's older, charming cities, I think you'll
find what you see at Senso disappointing. In Fodor's defense -- every tour book raves about Senso. Sorry guys...
Aug 5, 2004
You can envelop yourself with wisps of smoke from burning prayer scrolls. It supposedly is a healthy activity and done before saying your prayers at Asakusa Temple. Or, you can wash your hands to purify yourself before approaching the temple's halls. The main sanctuary is connected with the city's streets by rows of shops. Shopowners are hawking all kinds of delicacies and knick-knacks. The temple complex is architecturally well-composed and
very clean. The gardens adjacent to the temple are also well designed. Very tranquil. Along the passageways, one can really be exposed to different personalities. The only reason that 'Ease' is rated '4' is because you have to walk a distance from the subway station. However, Asakusa is served by several transportation systems.