Neighborhood in Tokyo:

Asakusa

About Asakusa

Asakusa is a pocket of tradition and home to Tokyo Sensoji, the oldest and most popular temple. If you want to visit, avoid the first few days of the new year as queues will be several hours long. In front of the temple, there is a shopping street – Nakamise. This street has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional snacks and souvenirs for centuries. Asakusa, is also the best place to try Japanese cuisine. You can find ramen, soba, tempura and snacks like rice sugar, shortcake and sakura paste. Asakusa also hosts a cluster of domestic kitchenware stores on Kappabashi-dori. Many people visit these for essential supplies. Kappabashi-dori is also known as Tokyo’s restaurant wholesale district. You can buy plastic food, metal spatulas, deep fryers and affordable crockery. Some shops only sell in wholesale quantities, but many are happy to sell single items and factory-made Japanese pottery. Another bargain is the high-quality Japanese kitchen knives – these are much cheaper in Japan than anywhere else in the world. Visit the Japan Summer Festival and partake in the snacks, souvenirs and mini-games, like the fishing game. Don’t miss the Taiko show – it’s so Japan! Not far from Sensoji, there is the Tokyo Skytree. The views from this 634-meter structure are incredible and there are wonderful shopping and dining facilities at ground level.

Sights in Asakusa

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Senso-ji Temple

The symbol of Asakusa, Sensoji Temple is known as the oldest temple in Tokyo, founded in 628 after two fishermen hauled up a small golden statue of Bodhisattva

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Nakamise Shopping Street

The Nakamise Shoten-gai or shopping street is a popular shopping area with food stands as well as novelty and souvenir shops.

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Himiko Tokyo Boat Cruise

Designed by manga artist Leiji Matsumoto the Himiko Tokyo Boat takes you on a scenic cruise along the Sumida River.

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Ai Club

AI club is a bar/club with a focus on 80's soul music but with other generations of music as well. It is located right off of Kaminarimon street.

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Hanayashiki

Hanayashiki is the oldest theme park in Tokyo and arguably one of the most popular. Regardless of your age or interest, you will find rides that interest you.

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Sushi Isshin Asakusa

Sushi Isshin was awarded one star by the 2009 Tokyo Michelin Guide.

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Shochan

Shochan is a popular izakaya in Asakusa, especially known for its stewed beef (gyu nikomi).

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Ginmaku Rock

Burlesque decors and dancers in one of those unique bars you can find in Japan.

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Asakusa Jinja Shrine

This is a Shinto shrine that is famous for its Sanja Matsuri Festival held in May.