Tokyo's historic heart, Asakusa is home to the impressive Senso-ji temple, among many other cultural sites. The whole place feels a little bit like Disneyland, with everything done up to preserve an overall historic feel. Asakusa is the place in Tokyo to stock up on all those traditional trinkets and crafts you'll want to bring home. A day in Asakusa should be spent perusing street stalls while nibbling on traditional snacks made fresh in front of you.
Wherever you wandering around there is always cutest thing to see. Some houses in Tokyo is very small but beautiful, typical of lantern decoration. In Asakusa area there are many cafe and bars and here are a lot cheaper to drink than elsewhere.
The thing is, visiting in Tokyo most sign is not translated in English. For foreign visitor it will be hard to understand. But if your not ashamed to ask someone what it is mean, asked especially young people most of them speak English. We have asking a couple of times, and believe me they were very helpful
This is another shopping street under roof, here is different than the one outside. The shops are daily open from 9am to 6pm. Asakusa is an old town of Tokyo, this is not really a place for stylish shopping. Well, I didn't come either to shop, but out of curiosity this is a very expensive city for shopping
In this covered shops you will find almost everything, from small to big prices vary. Even though we're not intend to shop, but is nice to be curious about stuff and specially the price. Example we saw a traditional slipper and this 5500 Yen for bigger size which was 42 euro, this is quite a lot. But anyway we're just very curious.
As I remember we were here on a Sunday afternoon. We're on our way to see Sensoji temple, we know there is a daily market in Asakusa district but we haven't had a chance yet to visit. This is our last day in Tokyo, we took the advantage of visit the place.
But we did not know that can be very crowded on Sunday, is a big market where you found everything, from souvenir to local food. I don't how it is here on the other day, if you can avoid the Sunday if you don't want to get stuck in the crowds
In Japan "Bargain" is never used. So please never ask a discount when buying souvenirs because it's an offense.
The copper sculpture that sits far on the north east of Sensoji Main Hall is the statue. A greatest kabuki actors from the Meiji period. It doesn't look impressive but it plays a roll of history in Japan. It doesn't much around, we're on our way back to the hotel and we saw this green man. As I've looked pretty well to this man he wear this weird costume with some kind of heavy ornaments
Asakusa, is the terminus of the Metro Ginza line (G19), which is the best way to get into the area, perhaps by connecting from the Yamanote line at Ueno
Our favorite neighborhood in Tokyo's Asakusa. Here's no big neon lights or huge office buildings but a lively class neighborhood where you quickly feel at home. Especially during the evening hours, we could walk through the orange-lit streets, past the hubbub of the restaurants and the silent but eloquent painted shutters
Asakusa is a great place to visit lot’s of traditional shops and restaurants. Even when the shops are closed it’s fun to walk around, because the street lanterns and the temple will be lit up which creates an amazing scenery.
The area is a quiet place when it comes to nighttime. A complete opposite from the hustle and bustle during day. The place is however, although not as trendy as other parts of Tokyo, is by no means dead. In the back alleys, there are entertainment halls showcasing local comedians and even adults theaters, for those interested
I remember doing a random search on unique things to do in Tokyo, and I came across the cat cafe idea while browsing. Luckily, there was one close by to where we had stayed, so this place was perfect! "Neko" is the Japanese word for cat. This cozy little area on the sixth floor of an apartment building houses a few adorable felines within it's walls. I heard this was one of the best cat cafes in Tokyo, and I'm so glad we could come here and experience this unique part of Japanese culture. Perhaps there might be other cat cafes outside of Japan, but of course, remember where the culture comes from!
The cafe opens at 11:00 A.M. The cost, as of 2014, was 800 yen for an hour of cat time.Once you get off on the sixth floor, there is a tiny little space where you can set aside your shoes (don't forget to take them off!) and your coats. Put on your little cat-themed slippers and enter this quaint little area. The owner is really friendly and happy to tell you about her cats. There are snacks and drinks for purchase if you wish, or you can just play with the cats using toys. You can even feed them some treats, like my friend did. There's also manga and other things cat related in this space. The place reminded me of a kindergarten class room for some reason, but that's a good thing, because the atmosphere is cozy and happy. There are lots of little areas the cats can chill in. I even had one come up and sit on my lap! There was a fat cat there that amused me, but the cat that had sat on my lap got all my attention instead!
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of busy Tokyo, just come here and forget your troubles for a while. Rest your feet and relax here at Asakusa Nekoen. Please remember, no flash photos while here!
When we are in Tokyo, I always like to stay in Asakusa. It is a bit different from other Tokyo districts. It feels more spacious as streets are wider and buildings are shorter. It is at the end of two underground lines so it is not a bad base for travelling around to other districts.
In the past Asakusa was the naughty red-light area of Tokyo, famous for strip clubs and brothels. This is no longer the case. Nowadays in addition to just aimlessly wandering through the streets looking at a variety of shops which still follow traditional crafts (e.g.shoe-making, drum making, plastic-food model making), and passing an assortment of brightly lit restaurants, people come to Asakusa to see its famous temple.
Senso-ji Temple, also called Asakusa Kannon Temple, is the beating heart of Asakusa. Its origins date back a thousand years or so to an incident in which three fishermen are said to have netted a golden statue of the goddess Kannon,the goddess of mercy, and decided to build a shrine to her.
Enter the temple through its massive Thunder Gate and wander along a heaving, stall-lined lane to the main temple building. The stalls here sell all sorts of traditional clothes, snacks, souvenirs and more.
In front of the main temple building there is an enormous cauldron wafting the scent of incense into the air.
Take a peek at the tiny statue of Kannon. Then wander through the temple grounds which contain a five story pagoda and a variety of small Buddhist shrines and traditional gardens.
If you are not able to visit Kyoto the mother of temples in japan, then Go to asakusa and you will get little of kyoto's atmosphere. visit the temple Sensoji, it's nice but for sure NOT like those in kyoto, specially considering the landscaping.
their is a lot of souvenier shops and just go out of the temple and head toward the river to take nice photos with the world tallest tower "sky tree".
This really is a must see for anyone with a puerile sense of humour. The Asahi beer building is designed to look like a giant beer, the golden beverage with white foam on top. Next to it, the company planned to erect a giant flame sculpture to symbolise their employees' passion to deliver high-quality beer to the Japanese nation. Unfortunately, the architects got the logistics wrong and found that having got the flame up there, they were completely unable to erect it upwards. My Japanese uncle Yasu took one look at it and said (in Japanese), "it looks like a giant turd".
You know you've gotten to the temple complex when you see the so-called Thunder Gate (Kaminarimon), which is the icon of Asakusa with its massive red lantern. Once past the gate, you're on a shopping street called Nakamise, which leads to the temple's second gate, the Hozomon. I can't imagine how crowded it must be on a sunny day. With all the rain, the several blocks leading to the shrine were crammed with people wielding a dangerous assortment of umbrellas. There is a narrow walkway running between booth after booth of mostly tourist junk, although here and there was a purveyor of slightly better quality goods -- a parasol maker, a sword shop, an emporium where you could spent hundreds of dollars on chopsticks! There are also booths with traditional Japanese snacks (rice crackers, bean-paste cakes). Once on the temple precincts, the commerce doesn't stop; it just changes character. There were seven or eight different vendors of the charms. None of the booths had English explanations (and each of the salespeople whom I asked merely shook their heads), so I just randomly pointed out things that looked interesting. I continue to believe that charms from the individual temples and shrines make much more original (and welcome) mementos for the folks back home.
The main attraction here is the Senso-ji Temple that is presently being renovated, there is no admission price and there is a series of shops that line the pedestrian street leading up to the main temple. The shops itself are one of the few places where you can buy souvenirs to take back home...The best part of Tokyo is that the shop keepers don't hound you like they do in China. The prices are fair, not cheap and not expensive. Also bargainning isn't done in Japan, so the price is the price on it. As for the temple there is a series of building around the main one. As much as it seemed that it's crowded the place is sooo big that you can walk around exploring the other building almost alone, or at least it seemed that way. Highly recommend it... It's one of the top tourist attraction in Tokyo.
This is the Shinto Shrine beside the Asakusa Temple since there is a dichotomy in the religions of Japan between Buddhism and Shinto. The Asakusa Shrine Asakusa Jinja) is a Shinto shrine next to the temple Sensô-ji. It is dedicated to the three men who established Sensô-ji. Two of them, fishermen named Hinokuma Hamanari and Hinokuma Takenari, found a statue of the bosatsu Kannon in the river Sumida in 628. The third, the village headman, Haji no Nakatomo, built the temple. The Asakusa Shrine, also known as Sanja-sama, was built during the Edo Period and survived the air raids of 1945. The shrine's festival, the Sanja Matsuri, is one of Tokyo's most spectacular and popular. It starts every year on the 3rd Friday of May and lasts for three days. Once a part of the Sensô-ji, Asakusa Jinja became separate during the Meiji period. Again the Asakusa Shrine was built in order to worship these men as deities. The shrine and its surrounding area and buildings have also been the site of many Shinto and Buddhist festivals for centuries. The most important and famous of these festivals is Sanja Matsuri, held in late May.
these rickshaws are popular means of touring around the asakusa area and the tour includes the asakusa shrine, nakamise shopping street, sumida river facing asakusa and other places in asakusa. The ride is a large attraction to tourists and people who don't want to walk hehehe. If you're the one who doesn't want to walk then you can consider a guided tour on a rickshaw (jinrikisha, lit. "man powered vehicle"). A 30 minute tour for two persons costs around 8000 Yen. Shorter and longer courses are also available but again the average is 30 minutes.
the main gate leading to the Asakusa Shrine. Kaminarimon is the first of two large entrance gates leading to Sensoji Temple. First built more than 1000 years ago, it is the symbol of Asakusa. Four statues are housed in the Kaminarimon. On the front of the gate, the statues of the Shinto gods Fûjin and Raijin are displayed. Fûjin, the god of wind, is located on the east side of the gate, while Raijin, the god of thunder and lightning, is located on the west side. Two additional statues stand on the reverse of the gate: the Buddhist god Tenryû on the east, and the goddess Kinryû on the west side. In the center of the Kaminarimon, under the gate, hangs a giant red chôchin (or Japanese Lantern) that is 4 meters tall, 3.4 meters in circumference and weighs 670 kilograms.