Where Is Asakusa?
It is where old meets new. This is probably one of my favorite places to go here in Tokyo. I love how you can feel the atmosphere of old Tokyo here. To learn more about their history, you can visit the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center. This is a great stop for all that are visiting the area. If you are looking for wi-fi, toilets and a cafe to relax in between walks, you can go here. They also have a viewing deck to see Asakusa in a different perspective. The information center is directly in front of the KAMINARIMON.
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How To Get Here?
There are many ways to get to Asakusa. It is in a very convenient location. You may take the metro, bus, or even a ferry depending where you are coming from. It is about 35 minutes away from Ginza via the metro. The Sumida River Cruise gives you another perspective of Tokyo, and is also recommended.
What To Do In Asakusa?
Experience The Japanese Kimono
You can spot a lot of people wearing the traditional Japanese Kimono here. If you are interested and would like to experience this, Asakusa is the best place to do it. There are a lot of rental shops here. Check out Asakusa Shichihenge and Asakusa Kimono Koto!
Nakamise Shopping Street
There are a lot of traditional and new restaurants and stores here in Asakusa. The gateway to the Senso-ji temple is the Nakamise Shopping Street, where there are many stores where you can buy souvenirs, clothings and other products. Most of the stuff are quite affordable. Perfect spot to buy gifts for your family and friends!
Try The Food
Another thing I love here, are the food! There are many restaurants here, but what I like are the snacks/street food that you can try here. Honestly, they are all good. There are so many to try! I didn’t even get to take a photo of all the food I tried, since I was so excited, I ate them right away. My ultimate favorite is the MOCHI WITH STRAWBERRY and the RICE CRACKERS.
Visit The Senso-ji Temple
The Senso-ji Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple. It is Tokyo’s oldest temple. It is very beautiful. The details of the temple are quite impressive. The temple is open to the public.
Before the temple, there is a huge bronze incense burner. It is believed that the smoke takes away your illnesses. This is done before you enter the temple to offer your prayers. Make sure to read or watch guides when visiting temples before you go!
Also before you enter the temple, you can try and see you luck for just 100 JPY. There are bamboo sticks inside a metal container that you shake, and when you take a stick, there is a corresponding number. The little drawers on the side states your luck. If you get a bad luck reading, don’t worry because you can tie the paper to one of the racks and it should reverse the bad luck.
Overall, my experience in Asakusa was amazing! I love visiting Asakusa. I love the atmosphere here. Thus, it is one of my favorite spots in Tokyo. Highly recommend this neighborhood!