Sensoji (Sensō-ji) / 浅草寺.

Tips for your trips. Tourist information. Official websites.

Sensō-ji (map) is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of its most significant. Adjacent to the temple is a five-story pagoda, the *Asakusa Shinto shrine, as well as many shops with traditional goods in the Nakamise Shopping Street (map).

The Sensoji Kannon temple is dedicated to *Kannon Bosatsu, the Bodhisattva of compassion, and is the most widely visited spiritual site in the world with over 30 million visitors annually.

Asakusa Shrine, also known as Sanja-sama (Shrine of the Three gods), it is one of the most famous Shinto shrines in the city. The shrine honors the three men who founded the Sensō-ji. Asakusa Shrine is part of a larger grouping of sacred buildings in the area.

Also сheck оut мore info: Sensoji Temple (japan-guide.com).

With so many religious establishments, there are frequent matsuri (Shinto festivals) in Asakusa area, as each temple or shrine hosts at least one matsuri a year, if not every season. The largest and most popular is the Sanja Matsuri in May, when roads are closed from dawn until late in the evening.

Sanja Matsuri (三社祭, “Three Shrine Festival”), or Sanja Festival. It is considered one of the wildest and largest. Sanja Matsuri is held on the third weekend of every May at Asakusa Shrine.

The Kaminarimon (雷門, “Thunder Gate”, map) is the outer of two large entrance gates that ultimately leads to the Sensō-ji (the inner being the Hōzōmon) in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. The gate, with its lantern and statues, is popular with tourists. It stands 11.7 m tall, 11.4 m wide and covers an area of 69.3 m2

The Hōzōmon (宝蔵門, “Treasure-House Gate”, map) is the inner of two large entrance gates that ultimately leads to the Sensō-ji. A two-story gate (nijūmon), the Hōzōmon’s second story houses many of the Sensō-ji’s treasures. The first story houses two statues, three lanterns and two large sandals. It stands 22.7 metres (74 ft) tall, 21 metres (69 ft) wide, and 8 metres (26 ft) deep. On the Hōzōmon’s north (back) face are the waraji, two 4.5 m long, 1.5 m wide straw sandals that weigh 400 kg each.

 

Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

Metro | Subway Navigation for Tourists APP | Toei

Also сheck оut мore info: Getting Around (gotokyo.org) • Transportation in Japan (japan.travel) • Transportation (japan-guide.com)

BUS: Japan Bus Online is a comprehensive website that allows you to search for and book bus tickets across Japan. Willer Express is a major bus company in Japan that offers long-distance bus services. + Highway Bus / JR Bus / kate.co.jp.

TRAIN: JR-EAST – operates largest railway network, including the Yamanote Line loop that circles the center of downtown (Rail Map).

Japan Railways (JR): The official website of Japan Railways provides information about train routes, schedules, fares, and services offered by JR. + Central JRWest JREast JR

AIRPORT: Most international flights arrive at either Narita Airport near Tokyo or Kansai Airport near Osaka; a smaller number use Chubu International Airport near Nagoya.

WATERWAYS: The Cruise Ship Company operates a series of Water Bus ferries along the Sumida River and in Tokyo Bay, connecting Asakusa, Hinode, Harumi and Odaiba. Port Ferry Terminal (map), Takeshiba Terminal (map)

Direct Ferries • Ferry Sunflower • Willer Ferry

Sensoji Temple [Asakusa].

Let’s pay our respects at Sensoji, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Tokyo.

video source: NHK WORLD-JAPAN / youtube.com /

Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

Foreign Residents Support Center (FRESC) MOFA Visa Information. + JAPAN eVISA – for online visa application to visit Japan.

HyperDia.Com

HyperDia is a service which offers the route of the railway and the aviation within Japan. Rental car and hotels etc around the station.

Tokyo Cheapo.

A website focused on budget travel in Tokyo, providing tips on affordable accommodation, dining, transportation, and free/cheap activities.

HyperDia – A website for checking train schedules, routes, and fares in Japan. It’s particularly helpful for planning your train travel.

Japan Rail Pass – If you plan to explore Japan using the Japan Rail Pass, their official website provides information on pass types, eligibility, prices, and how to purchase.

Tokyo Cheapo – A website focused on budget travel in Tokyo, providing tips on affordable accommodation, dining, transportation, and free/cheap activities.

Explore Accessible Japan

Food

Just One Cookbook – A popular website featuring authentic Japanese recipes, including traditional dishes, street food, and regional specialties.

Savor Japan – An online guide to Japanese food and dining, featuring information on traditional cuisine, sushi, sake, local specialties, and more. It includes restaurant listings and articles.