This museum is exhibiting traditional arts and crafts of Edo (the old Tokyo) such as furniture, embroidery, silverware and more. If you can find some time left from Sensoji Temple and Asakusa Shrine, you can visit here for a change. The admission is free. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 8 pm.
Kaminari Gate is the first of 2 large entrance gates leading to Sensoji Temple. It is the symbol of Asakusa. Sensoji is the most popular and famous temple in Tokyo. The original temple was built in 7th century and current buildings are postwar reconstructions. The main building of Sensoji Temple is open from 6 am to 5 pm. The pagoda next to the temple is also beautiful.
Asakusa is the area where you can still feel the ancient times of Tokyo. Besides the temples which will be covered in my other tips, you can take a cruise in Sumida river, walk around Kappabashi area for Japanese dishes, ceramics, iron tea kettles and many more. Nakamise Dori is a shopping street full of stalls where you can get souvenirs and you reach Senso-ji temple at the end of it. In Asakusa, you enjoy both the history and shopping.
Not far from Kaminarimon the outer gate of the Sensoji Temple are rickshaw drivers on the look out for tourists who want a ride. They will call out to you the tourists for attention.
If you got plenty of spare cash go for a ride around the block with Japanese Jinrikisha pull by rickshaw drivers. We didn’t go because it was expensive for us, I think it was 500yen.
Asakusa is the only place in Japan where you can get a rickshaw ride.
What is a hagoita (battledore)? It is a rectangular board with a handle used for playing a New Year game called hanetsuki. The hagoita sold at the Fair are not used for games, instead, they are good-luck charms for driving away bad luck. The front of the hagoita is designed with images of Kabuki actors, celebrities, TV personalities, comedians, athletes and anime characters.
The biggest and most ornately decorated hagoitas are expensive (selling at more than 10,000 Yen a piece), while the smallest ones (with simple designs e.g. zodiac animals) sell for about 800 - 1,000 Yen per piece.
This annual event is held at the front of the Sensoji Temple each year, for 3 days (17 - 19 December), do not miss it if you are in Tokyo during this period! This is a traditional fair dating back to the Edo Period. During this Fair, there are many open-air stalls selling hagoita (battledores), shuttlecocks, kites and other New Year decorations, and many people gather here from all over the country.
The Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) is the symbol of Asakusa. It leads to the Sensoji Temple. This gate sports a huge ornate lantern and statues of Raijin (God of thunder and lightning) and Fujin (God of Wind) are displyed at the gate.
Like drums? Well then give this place a look. They have drums from all over the world, many of which can be touched and played. Staff is friendly and can speak English.
No photography allowed.
After walking through the vendors' stalls leading up to the main hall at the Kannon Temple grounds, you will see a large bronze incense burner in front of the main hall. The smoke is believed to have curative powers, and you will see visitors stopping to breathe in or bathe in the smoke toward a troubled part of the body. You may just want to make a wish or buy a fortune from one of the nearby stalls. No harm in trying. It is an interesting experience regardless of how deeply you believe, even to just appreciate the traditional beliefs that have lasted through the growth of Japan's economy and Tokyo as a metropolitan area in recent decades.
You have seen the plastic food displays in restaurants all over. Well, in Asakusa you can explore the stores that sell these interesting items. Along Sappabashi Dogugai Dori there is an area that specializes in food service supply, including stores with thousands of these food items, from tiny sushi to huge platters of whole fish. You will never see anything like it anywhere else. Everything is for sale, of course, but they are not cheap; you will probably just enjoy it for the experience.
This is a great place to shop!! you can find a lot of japanese stuff to take home, since a key-ring to a kimono. The prices are ok compared with what you can find on the street. This is a shoppers' paradise!!!
For a 100 yen coin you can know what your future will be. After paying, you must take out a stick with a japanese sign from a bottle. Then look for the very same sign on the board in front of you to know your fortune. My sister found it very easy, but to me was very difficult, all the signs look the same!!
I was completely blown away as I enter this place. I had seen in on TV many times but been there is just another experience. This beautiful place is visited by both Japanese tourist and international ones. Make sure you inhale inciense before entering the temple to "clean" your sould and body. There are events held during the year.
It is better if you go during the week because it can be very crouded on weekends
The recommended line is called Sumida river line which is between Hinode-Sanbashi and Asakusa. I prefer start from Hinode-Sanbashi which you can get from Hamamatsu-Cho Station Yamanote-line. I like getting on before sunset and it offer an amazing ride, it’s very pretty looking out side, it's a nice 40minites trip. By the time you get to Asakusa it would be dark and it looks pretty at night around the dropping off spot. After you get off at Asakusa enjoy dinner and drinks at Kamiya Bar which has a history you can feel an old Japanese fravor. Try their famous drink called Denkiburan it’s strong.
This is where you will find many buildings with typical Japanese architecture mixed with modern designs. I would suggest Sumida Park (隅田公園) - a nice place for Hanami (cherry blossoms viewing), if you are there during Spring.
Otherwise, visit these any time:
Sensoji (金龍山浅草寺) - a Buddhist temple dedicated to the Bodhisattva, Kannon (観音), or “Goddess of Mercy” as known to many.
Hanayashiki Themepark (花やしき) - is the oldest amusement park in Japan (since 1853). I think its rather expensive so don't bother going in unless you are a die-hard fan for themeparks. No harm taking a picture with it though.
Taishou-kan (浅草大勝館) - a traditional Japanese theatre. Nice to visit if you understand Japanese plays.
Asahi Beer Headquarters - While the HQ is closed to public, no harm checking out Asahi Annex, a food and beverage place. Be prepared to pay though.
Jakotsuyu (蛇骨湯) - a natural Onsen to soak away stress and fatigue. A basic bath begins at 430yen. You deposit your shoes in a provided locker, buy coupons of your desired package from the vending machine at the door and go in to relax. Check out this movie.