Sensoji Temple

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Established in 645, the Sensoji Temple is the most famous Buddhist temple in Tokyo. The temple was built to honor the goddess of mercy, Kannon. Legend states that in 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon out of the Sumida River, and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. While the complex has been around for centuries, the oldest structures are the Nitenmon gate and Rokkaku-do, built in 1618. All other original structures were lost to various natural disasters. Today the temple complex is one of the most visited religious sites in the world.