One of the many parts of Tokyo’s Metropolis is Asakusa, the center of Tokyo’s shitamachi (lower city) districts. Here, the traditional vibe of Tokyo’s history survives while still living within a contemporary lifestyle.
Its main tourist attraction is the Sensoji temple. The temple was built way back in the 7th century; which easily makes it one of Asakusa’s historical landmarks. The route going to Sensoji can be found down a local shopping street called Nakamise.
The local icon, the Asakusa Kaminarimon (photo above) is a well-known gate and can be spotted easily because of the large lantern that hang in the doorways.
Nakamise street has been providing local and international visitors access to the temple, as well as offering them a wide variety of other activities. On this street you’ll be able to spot a variety of both traditional items, local snacks and a selection of tourist souvenirs. Along the street, there are also some retro and vintage toy stores that you can pick up interesting finds. If you’re a fan of older Japanese character icons, then these stores are a must-visit. You’ll be sure to find something unique there.
The best way to explore Asakusa is by foot. This allows a better opportunity to really immerse yourself in the local culture and to stop by the different shops along the street. If you want a unique way to travel around the area, there are jinrikisha (manually pulled rickshaws) available for 8000 yen for every 30 minute tour for two people. But whether you decide to walk around or travel by jinrikisha, some points in Asakusa are easy to spot. Some of those attractions will be introduced in this post so just scroll down~!
The Asakusa Shrine, also known as Sanja-sama, which was built during the Edo period.
The Dempoin Temple, recognizable because of its multi-tiered tower. However, due to preservation reasons, admittance of tourists into the temple has been suspended.
Overall, the best experience you will walk away with from Asakusa is the traditional feel of the area. Because of the many traditional venues in your surroundings, it is impossible not to feel the essence of being Japanese here.
There are also many stalls where visitors can try out different green teas and even matching green tea flavored ice cream. There is no better place to try green tea ice cream than in Japan!
From anywhere in Asakusa, you can also spot the new Tokyo Sky Tree Tower.
Make Asakusa part of your Japan visit. Let us know which attractions in Asakusa you put into your itinerary!