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Sensouji temple & Asakusa shrine


Tokyo
2 hours
up to 4 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

Starting from Kaminari-mon, we walk on the busy shopping street.
It's a fun walk on "Nakamise-dori" lined with many small shops selling souvenirs, traditional snacks, fans, Japanese sandals and many more.
There are a lot of attractive spots on the temple ground.
But remember to pray at the temple main hall and shrine before leaving.

Itinerary

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  • Snapshot at the Thunder Gate with the giant red lantern
  • Walking and shopping on the busy Nakamise-dori street
  • Experiencing the traditional customs at the font and incense burner and drawing an English written oracle.
  • Seeing both the old 5-storied pagoda and new Tokyo Skytree fom the temple ground.
  • Offering a prayer at the temple main hall and Asakusa shrine

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What to Expect

The first entrance gate to Sensouji temple is Kaminari-mon or the Thunder Gate. Two wooden statues are welcoming the guests. Here you'll be excited to take a snapshot of two Gods and a big lantern.
Fujin or the God of Wind and Raijin or the God of Thunder are on either side. Between the two statues, the giant red lantern is hanging under the gate.

After passing under the gate, Nakamise-dori is right front of you. The busy street is lined up with many small shops selling souveniors and traditional foods. You'll enjoy looking for your favorites on the busy street.

Two Deva King statues invite the visitors to pray at the temple. Before a prayer, we need to follow the traditional customs at the water basin and incense burner. Smoke bathing is also believed good for healing the unhealthy part of your body.

In the main hall, look up and see the Dragon and Heavenly Maiden drawn on the ceiling. This is the holly place where you offer your prayer. It is exciting to draw a written oracle. You may buy a good luck charm of Sensouji Temple, which is said to be good for safe transportation, good health, successful business and study because of its rich history of the temple.

Asakusa shrine is next to the temple. The Torii gate made of stone leads the way to the shrine. It escaped from the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and Tokyo Air Raids in 1945. The color paint and lacquer were repaired in 1996. You 'll see the beautifully decorated building. This shrine's architectural style is called "Gongen-zukuri", which is also seen at Nikko Tousho-gu shrine. You'll be able to see it here without going there.

You may see two towers from the temple ground. The 5-storied pagoda and the silvery shining Tokyo Skytree.

Let's find the old and new in Asakusa together.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 12:00 PM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your major hotel within 10 minutes walk from any JR station of Yamanote(Circle) line
Ending Point Asakusa

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, major hotel pick-up in Tokyo.
Hotels should be within 10 minutes walk from the JR station of Yamanote(Circle) line or Yurikamome monorail.

What‘s not included

Transportation(Railway, monorail, subway, bus and taxi) fee(you and guide), meal(you and guide), drawing an orcle(¥100) and admission fee(you and guide) if any.
Personal expenses

Important

No insurance coverage

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Lorraine Lorraine United States ( Friends )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Day tour of kamakara ”

Takayasu was an excellent guide! His explanations were clear we, enjoyed the historical information he presented. He adjusted the day at our request, because of rain and our need to be at the airport for our return home. He made sure our bags were taken care of appropriately, walking us in to the counter . I would recommend him wholeheartedly !

Takayasu:

Hi Lorraine, Thank you very much for your great words appreciating my guiding. It is a geat honor for me to have such warm review on my Kamakura tour. It was raining hard in the morning but it became sprinkling by the time we arrived at a shrine and temples. Therefore,we could visit more spots than I ecpected. I am glad to know you liked my explanation. Both of you were so eager to listen to my historical presentation. There are lots more spots in this ancient city. So please come again and I am happy to guide you.

Dennis Dennis United States ( Couple )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ All good Tax was very knowledgeable ”

Great tour

Takayasu:

Dennis, Thank you very much for your wonderful comments on my tour. I am very glad to know that you and Sandra enjoyed the traditional spots,shopping and food. You visited two of three ancient cities in Japan. I would like to show you around my home town. Kamakura which you have saved for the next visit. Please keep in touch. Takayasu

Rosalie Rosalie Australia ( Family )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ Highlight was seeing the wedding at the temple ”

Takayasu was full of information about the area. He knew exactly where to go in the quickest time and fitted in a tea ceremony for us. We ran out of time to complete the tour. We would recommend Takayasu and his tour to anyone

Takayasu:

Rosalie, thank you so much for your deep gratitude to me and my tour. I am happy to know that you enjoyed the wedding, tea ceremony and my talk, which is my utmost pleasure. I remember having Bento lunch to save our limited time. Please get in touch with me and set up another visit plan to Japan. Takayasu    

Haydee Haydee Argentina ( Couple )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ Una muy buena elecci?n! ”

Solo tengo palabras de agradecimiento para el Sr, Takayama. Nos ayudo en nuestro primer dia en Tokio enseñándonos como viajar en los medios de transporte. Hicimos todo el recorrido contratado con muy buenas explicaciones y ajustándose a nuestro ritmo. Lo recomiendo si es q desean disfrutar del tour con una persona agradable, amable y divertida. Gracias Taka.

Takayasu:

Haydee y Bob, Mucho Gracious! Thank you very much for electing me as your guide. I am very happy that both of you were satisfied with my showing around the typical Tokyo and stories and legends. I want to guide a nice couple like you, Haydee and Bob again next time you visit Japan. Takayasu

Jonathan Jonathan United States ( Couple )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ 1 Day of Tokyo ”

Takayasu was a fantastic guide! He was incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable. His English is really good and he goes at an excellent pace. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.

Takayasu:

HI Jonathan and Samantha, Thank you very much for your highest appreciation to my guiding. I also enjoyed having spent some time with you, a beatiful couple. I wish I had more time to show you around. I hope your belongings come back to you. Tak

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