Asakusa is situated in the district of Taito in Tokyo. It has an old school vibe to it and offers plenty of activities to do to keep you entertained. Here are 5 Things to do in Asakusa, Tokyo.
1. Senso-ji Temple
Asakusa is most famous for being home to the ancient Sensoji Temple. It’s a splendour to look at and a favourite tourist attraction.
Senso-Ji Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple and is one of the oldest temples in Tokyo. The temple is dedicated to Kannon Bosatsu, the Bodhisattva of compassion. A Bodhisattva is a person in Buddhism who is on a path towards Buddhahood.
The God of Thunder and the God of Wind surround the entrance of the temple. The temple area is vast, and there are ample photo opportunities available. It is filled with amazing old Tokyo architecture.
At the temple, you can pay 100 yen to check your fortune. If you receive a bad fortune you are able to tie this at the temple. As it is said that if you tie it there it will remove the bad luck.
There are also other shrines at Senso-ji which are dedicated to other Gods and Goddesses.
- Address: 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
2. Tokyo Skytree
Secondly, there is the world’s tallest tower which is Tokyo Skytree. It is actually a broadcasting and observation tower which offers 360-degree views of the city. In order to enter the tower for viewing purposes, you have to purchase tickets. However, the ticket prices vary depending on which level you choose as a viewing point.
Tokyo Solamachi is located at the base of the Tokyo Skytree tower. It is a shopping complex with multiple levels. The retail complex is filled with over 300 stores and restaurants.
It features authentic Japanese brands including the Sanrio Hello Kitty Japan and Pokémon stores. There are also fine dining and fast-food eateries on offer.
- Address : 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-8634, Japan
Hanayashiki is an amusement park in Asakusa. It is claimed to be the oldest amusement park in Japan and is said to be operating since 1853.
Although it is quite old now, it is completely functional. In addition to paying an entrance fee, you have to pay for each ride you choose to enjoy.
There are also refreshment stands, ample vending machines and photo booths. This is a fulfilled place that is suitable for everyone.
- Address: 2 Chome-28-1 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
4. Nakamise Shopping Street
Nakamise is the most popular street for shopping in Asakusa. The street connects to the main gate of the Senso-Ji temple. This was a top pick to secure many of our gifts and souvenirs. There are also craft shops and street food stalls which fill the street.
The vendors sell the goods here at a cheaper price in comparison to other markets in Tokyo. But make sure you first walk around to enable you to find the item at the best price.
When stalls are closed, shutters are pulled down and each shutter has hand-painted murals which make for a pretty sight.
- Address: 1 Chome-36-3 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
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5. Sumida Park
Sumida Park is located next to the water in Asakusa. The park is situated next to the Sumida River, from which it derives its name. From the park, you can enjoy impressive views of the Tokyo Skytree.
As the park is right by the water you can watch the boats pass by. There are cafes at the park where you can enjoy a lovely meal or you can have a picnic on the grass.
The park hosts festivals and during spring you can see the cherry blossoms (sakura).
As Sumida park is a public park, there is no entrance fee to enter and explore the park.
- Address: 1 Chome-3 Mukojima, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0033, Japan
Have you visited Asakusa? Have I missed any stops which need to be added to this post? Let me know in the comments below. I look forward to hearing about your experiences.
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