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Sensoji Temple
The temple dates back to the 7th century when local fishermen found a gold statue of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy in the nearby Sumida River.

Approaching the temple (of 1950s construct) from the Asakusa subway, you enter via the Kaminarimon - or Thunder Gate (right). The Gate has large statues of the guardian gods of thunder and wind. Try to have your picture taken standing under the large red lantern.

Passing through the Nakamise shopping precinct, the main temple is generally thronged with visitors. Although the image of the Kannon itself is hidden from view, here can be found an impressive 5 storey pagoda

Demboin Temple, or 'Abbott's residence', located near the five storey pagoda, has a very pleasant strolling garden offering good views over it.

Asakusa Shrine
Shrine in honour of the fishermen who found the Kannon statue.


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