Asakusa, as the Monzenmachi (temple town) of Sensoji, with streets of the atmosphere of Shitamachi, is showcasing the vitality and prosperity as it was before, and welcomes 30 million tourists annually. Its history dates to Edo period and it has made remarkable progress as a key logistic center. This time, we share the 3 key points on how to enjoy Asakusa to the fullest.

Point 1: A must for the route to Sensoji

There are many shrines and temples in Asakusa. You may do a Shichifukujin-meguri (a tour of the Seven Deities of Good Fortune) if you have a goshuin-cho (a notebook for sealing the red seals of sacred place). The starting point is nonetheless the “Sensoji”, the oldest temple in Tokyo.

The huge lantern hung at the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) of Sensoji is 3.9m tall with a diameter of 3.3m and weights 700kg. A photo with a background of the photogenic “Kaminarimon” with its huge lantern is a must! Once entering Sensoji from the “Hozo Gate”, you may cleanse your hand and mouth at the “Chouzusha (purification trough)”, “cover” yourself with the smoke from the “Jyoukouro (incense burner)” and pray for sound health. After praying in the main hall, get yourself an amulet or pick a fortune slip. There is a lot of fun. 

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Sensoji (浅草寺)
  • Address: 〒111-0032 Tokyo, Taito-ku, Asakusa 2-3-1
  • Access: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line: 5-minute walk from Asakusa Station, Toei Subway Asakusa Line: 5-minute walk from Asakusa Station Exit A4

Point 2: Want to be stylish? Try Kimono rental

There are shops where the rental of kimono, bag and hair accessories, including the dressing and hair setting, is available from 3000 yen. You may take a ride on a rickshaw to go around the streets, or take a stroll through the Nakamise-dori shopping street as if you are a uptown girl in the Edo period. These will be memorable experiences. Let's have an Asakusa experience that is different from what your friends had!

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Asakusa Kimono Rental “Yae”
  • Address: 〒111-0032 Tokyo, Taito-ku, Asakusa 1-chome, 16-2 Quatre Chic 6th Floor
  • Access: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line: 3-minute walk from Asakusa Station, Toei Subway Asakusa Line: 3-minute walk from Asakusa Station A4 Exit 

Point 3: Gourmets in Asakusa: Kagetsudo, Funawa, Imahan…

At the Nakamise-dori which leads from the Kaminarimon to the main hall of Sensoji, there are a few famous gourmets which are available only here. These include the Kagetsudo’s freshly baked melon bun which is crispy at the outside but fluffy inside, Funawa’s sweet potato, hand-baked doll cake, fried manju, ice-cream with gold foil, etc. So many snacks are available! And for Japanese food, the varieties are so many that you can would need to have more than 3 meals a day. For example, Sukiyaki from Imahan, Doze-nabe from Iidaya, Soba from Nabikiyabu-soba and sushi from Kibunzushi.

Spot Information

  • Kagetsudo (花月堂)
  • Address: 〒111-0032 Tokyo, Taito-ku, Asakusa 1-chome, 18-11
  • Access: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line: 2-minute walk from Asakusa Station Exit 1, Toei Subway Asakusa Line: 2-minute walk from Asakusa Station Exit 1

Spot Information

  • Funawa Kaminarimon Branch (舟和 雷門店)
  • Access: 〒111-0032 Tokyo, Taito-ku, Asakusa 1-chome, 3-5
  • Access: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line: 2-minute walk from Asakusa Station Exit 1, Toei Subway Asakusa Line: 2-minute walk from Asakusa Station Exit 1

Spot information

  • Imahan Main Branch (今半本店)
  • Address:〒111-0032 Tokyo, Taito-ku, Asakusa 1-19-7
  • Access: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/ Toei Subway Asakusa Like/Tobu Line: 3-minute walk from Asakusa Station 

Tips about Asakusa Station

Ginza Line, Asakusa Line and Isesaki Line run through into Asakusa Station. And the best access to Sensoji is Ginza Line Exit A4. The station, with its design which takes Sensoji into consideration, is also selected as one of the “100 Greatest Stations in Kanto”

What not staying in Asakusa?

Many feels that they only need a day for a trip to Asakusa, however the Kaminarimon light-up at night is very picturesque. Also, to taste all the gourmets mentioned before, it is worth staying a night in Asakusa. There is an increase of new concept hotels here in recent years. For example, the “Overnight bookstore” BOOK AND BED TOKYO, and BUKA HOSTEL TOKYO, a dormitory-type which encourages communication among travelers, are all very popular.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: BOOK AND BED TOKYO
  • Address:〒111-0034 Tokyo, Taito-ku, Kaminarimon 2-chome, 16-9 Pagoda Asakusa 6th Floor
  • Access: Toei Subway Asakusa Line: 3-minute walk from Asakusa Station Exit 2

Spot information

  • Spot name: BUNKA HOSTEL TOKYO
  • Address:〒111-0032 Tokyo, Taito-ku, Asakusa 1-chome, 13-5
  • Access: 5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Asakusa Station / Toei Subway Asakusa Line Asakusa Station

What do you think? What about start your Japan trip from Asakusa where you can pray at the temple for safety during your trip?