Sensoji Temple

Attraction

Treasured Temples

The tiered, gently curving roofs of Buddhist temples are a common sight on holidays in Japan, and each has its own distinct personality, history and culture. 

Sensoji Temple

Completed in the year 645 and dedicated to the goddess of Kannon, Sensoji Temple is Tokyo’s oldest and most famous Buddhist temple. For over 1,000 years, thousands of pilgrims have flocked here, to the dramatic entrance gate (the Kaminarimon, or Thunder Gate) and five-storey pagoda that is characterised by giant lanterns, curling red eaves and burning incense. There is opportunity for souvenirs and local snacks at Nakamise, the site's historic shopping street, and on the third weekend of May each year, the Sanja Festival is held in celebration of the temple's three founders.

Kiyomizu Temple

With panoramic views of Kyoto, this treasured temple, whose name translates to 'Pure Water Temple', has perched dramatically on its steep hilltop setting since 798, although most of the present buildings date from 1633. Best known for its wooden stage that juts out from the temple's main hall, Kiyomizu Temple stands 13 metres above the hillside ground and is surrounded by beautiful, blooming cherry and maple trees that come alive with colour in spring and autumn. Here, you'll also find the Jishu Shrine, dedicated to the deity of love and matchmaking, and the Otowa Waterfall, who's water you can drink to bring you longevity, success and long-lasting romance.

Meji Shrine

Dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meji and his wife Empress Shoken, this Shinto shrine is located in a forest right in the centre of Tokyo. A tranquil retreat from the city, the spacious grounds feature the Treasure House, which houses some of the Emperor's belongings, and the Inner Garden which blooms with irises in June. 

Todaji Temple

Home to the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha, Todaji Temple is one of Japan's most significant and famous temples and a true landmark of Nara. Its name translates to the 'Great Eastern Temple', and was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples. The main hall houses the largest bronze statue of Buddha on earth, towering at 15 metres tall and flanked by two Bodhisattvas. You can also encounter friendly deer from the nearby Nara Park when visiting. 

Kodaji Temple

Found in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto, Kodaji Temple was built in 1606 in memory of Toyotomi Hideyosh, one of Japan's greatest historical figures. The temple's main building boasts richly decorated interiors, and is surrounded by beautiful zen gardens featuring ponds, man made hills, decorative rocks and stunning pine and maple trees, the latter of which turn brilliantly red, gold and orange in the Autumn. You'll also find two traditional tea houses in the surrounding grounds, as well as the small Kodaji Sho Museum that houses treasures from Kodaji and Nene.

 

Essential Information

  • Hours: 
    05:00 - 16:00
  • Guide Price:  Free of charge
  • Useful Information:  You can easily find the temple from Asakusa Station, situated on the Ginza and Asakusa subway lines.