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02 of 08

Traipse Through Tokyo’s Oldest Temple

The Most Amazing Things to Do in Asakusa, Tokyo

Robert Schrader


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Indeed, once you pierce its surface only a little bit, you'll realize that Asakusa is definitely one of Tokyo's more ancient wards. Senso-ji Temple, for example, is technically the city's oldest temple, having first been built in 645 AD. (You should be aware that it's been re-built several times, first after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, then during the bombings of World War II.)

Of course, the Japanese go to great lengths to be faithful to original architectural and design principles whenever they have to re-build something. Senso-ji will charm you as if it's original, even though it's not.