Known for its old-town atmosphere and historic Buddhist temple named Sensoji, Asakusa is a magnet for many foreign visitors. It is a sacred place but also it used to be a amusement center. Sensoji temple is the Buddhist temple in Tokyo built in the 7th century. Along with its Main Hall, another attractive structure is Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) with its huge red lantern whose light indicates us the right road as a human being. And shopping arcade called Nakamise up to the hall is one of the best places in Tokyo to buy traditional Japanese souvenirs. See the movie on the left.
The Thunder Gate with two guardian gods, Thunder God and Wind God on each side is the entrance leading to the Main Hall. A huge red and black paper lantern is hung up there. This is a landmark of Asakusa.
Inside the Main Hall
Outside the main Hall.
If you are lucky, you may stumble upon geishas at Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center.
Here is a shopping street leading to the Main Hall. You can buy something really Japanese like folding fans or Yukata (light cotton kimono).
You can see Tokyo Sky Tree from Asakusa and even through branches of cherry trees in spring.
This is the festival held in mid-May, one of the three most popular ones in Tokyo from the Edo period. During that period the deities sit on the portable shrines carried on the shoulder of local people.
In front, you can see the magnificent Main Hall, where the hidden statue of Kannon is enshrined. With the Five-story Pagoda, they are also awe-inspiring lit up at night.
A pond close to the Main Hall where colored carp are swimming is a typical garden seen in a relatively wealty family.
There are many Japanese restaurants from snack to authentic cuisine. The one above remains a flavor of old Japan serving Okonomiyaki, a Japanese-style pizza cooked on your table.
The Edo-Tokyo Museum is a unique one which exhibits plenty of things and information related to the history and culture of Edo and early Tokyo. You will be sure to feel as if you were back in those days. To name a few, you can see large models of Nihonbashi bridge, a playhouse and a row house reproduced in full size and even get on a palanquin of Edo era. In most cases, even those who hated to go to a musium said to me "Thank you for taking us here." at the end of the day.