Visiting Asakusa

Visiting Asakusa

Asakusa is a place rich in Japanese tradition and it is a must go sightseeing spot in Tokyo. It is historical and yet lively and I personally love it very much. There are a lot of Kimono and Yukata rental shops, and they also offer accessories rental and hairstyle design. To better immerse myself in the environment and take memorable pictures, I rent a Yukata last time when visiting Asakusa and saw that many foreigners also did the same.



When you arrived Asakusa, you will be attracted by the huge entrance gate, Kaminarimon, which has a giant red lantern with Kanji “Thunder Gate”. This is the signature photoshooting spot that you should not miss.



Passing through the gate is the Nakamise Dori, which is a shopping street with various traditional Japanese snacks and crafts like samurai swords. This is the perfect place to buy souvenirs for your friends in hometown. Everytime when I go to the street, I am lured by all those delicious street snacks like matcha ice cream and Ningyoyaki which is a soft cake filled with red bean paste and shaped in famous Asakusa landmarks.



At the end of the Nakamise Dori is the Sensoji temple, which is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. Many people come to make a prayer, burn an incense and buy omamori charms which are said to be infused with the power of the gods to bring you luck. I bought one omamori charm for bringing good love relationship.



Last but not least, the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is also worth visiting since the observation deck in 8th floor is free to access and you can view the whole Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree across the Sumida River.

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