Established in 645, this classic temple is dedicated to Kannon, Goddess of Mercy. With its vast crimson eaves, an enormous red lantern suspended at its entrance and a traditional five-storey pagoda, it will transport you back to a Tokyo of times past. Waft yourself in the smoke from the incense burning furnaces – said to cure any ailment and improve health. For a donation, take part in the noisy fortune-telling activity: shake the wooden box until a numbered chopstick falls out, and exchange it for your personal manuscript (Japanese characters with English translation). Afterwards, try out some of the tempting rice cakes, rice crackers and green tea-flavoured treats for sale in nearby Nakamise Dori – the street leading from the temple.
Sensoji TempleBe immersed in the Edo culture of traditional Japan at Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple
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