Asakusa Sensoji Temple Travel Guide

Asakusa Sensoji Temple
Brimming with history in a city of modernity, the majestic Sensoji Temple lies at the heart of the traditional Asakusa district, alive with temple-goers buying colorful souvenirs, busy street food stalls, tiny local restaurants, and hidden backstreet izakayas.

Nearby Food Experiences

Nearby Restaurants


Asakusa Sushi Ken

Fantastic nigiri sushi in Tokyo’s most exciting historic district, with halal certification opening the door to Muslim diners.
Lunch: ¥1,000-2,000
Dinner: ¥4,000-5,000


Savor refined Shanghai cuisine, at a top Shinjuku restaurant with humble beginnings.
Lunch: ¥6,000-7,999
Dinner: ¥6,000-7,999

Onigiri Asakusa Yadoroku

Choose your filling and have your fresh rice ball molded right in front of you at the oldest onigiri specialist in Tokyo.
Lunch: ¥1,000-1,999
Dinner: ¥1,000-1,999

Bentenyama Miyako Sushi

One of the oldest sushi restaurants in Tokyo, serving authentic historic dishes that you won’t often find elsewhere.
Lunch: ¥10,000-15,000
Dinner: ¥10,000-15,000

History meets modernity among the buzzing streets of Asakusa, where traditional culture pulses from Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple, Sensoji, in the heart of it all. One of Tokyo’s most visited districts, Asakusa’s temple-goers mingle among curious visitors, praying as incense smoke wafts through the air circling the 5-storied pagoda, and glorious lanterns hang marking the orange entrance of the Kaminarimon gate. The centuries-old Nakamise Shopping Street runs for 200 meters leading up to Sensoji, where vendors call out selling souvenirs while the smell of street food wafts through the air. Backstreets surrounding Sensoji offer tiny restaurants and hole-in-the-wall bars, alongside artisanal shop fronts showcasing local wares and traditional crafts. Just off to the west awaits the plastic food samples of Kappabashi, Tokyo’s Kitchen Street, selling high-quality knives and professional cooking tools. A little further beyond, Ueno Park’s zoo and museums offer wide open spaces and quiet contemplative places. Constructed in 645 for Kannon (the goddess of mercy), Sensoji serves as a significant religious monument offering a taste of traditional Japanese culture and food in Asakusa.

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