sights / Religious

Dembō-In information

Tokyo , Japan
2-3-1 Asakusa
+81 3 3842 0181
Getting there
Underground Rail: Ginza & Toei Asakusa lines to Asakusa (exits 1 & A5)
Opening hours
09:00-16:30, closed for ceremonies
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To the left of the temple precinct lies Dembō-in, a garden that adjoins the residence of the chief priest of Sensō-ji. The grounds are thought to have been designed sometime in the late 18th century to resemble those of Katsura-rikyu, the sprawling imperial villa in Kyoto.

Dembō-in is not usually open to the public, but if you'd like to take a peek at the 12,000-sq-metre area, whose pond is reputedly shaped like the Chinese character for 'heart', call ahead to the main office, which is to the left of the five-storey pagoda.