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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

From the venerable Sensoji to the futuristic Tokyo Sky Tree, Asakusa is a great juxtaposition of the old and the new

Enter through the enormous bright-red Thunder Gate, Kaminarimon, and walk through whorls of incense smoke before leaving a traditional five-yen offering at the capital's iconic Sensoji Temple.

With delicious street food, abundant shopping, and retro charm around every corner, Asakusa is an unmissable stop during your visit to Tokyo.

Don't Miss

  • Tokyo's most famous temple, Sensoji, and its Nakamise shopping street
  • Laid-back bars serving Denki-Bran and Hoppy—Asakusa's famous post-war drinks
  • Views of Tokyo Sky Tree from Sumida Park

How to Get There

Asakusa is filled with things to see and do, but most of the major sights are centered around Sensoji.

The temple is a 5-minute walk from Asakusa Station, which is served by the Ginza, Asakusa, and Tobu railway lines.

Sensoji, the heart and soul of Asakusa

The origin of this striking temple is the stuff of legend. The story goes that all the way back in 628, two fisherman brothers pulled a statue of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, from the Sumidagawa River. Although they tried to return it to the river, it always came back to them. They built Sensoji to house this sacred statue and to honor Kannon, completing it in 645.

For centuries, a constant flow of visitors has come to pay their respects and pray in the temple's main hall. Around the central building, you can also see the Goju-no-To five-tiered pagoda, several smaller halls, and charming little gardens, one of which houses Tokyo's oldest stone bridge and wooden structure. To the right of the main hall, you will find Asakusa Shrine, where the three men who founded Sensoji are enshrined.

Asakusa during New Year celebrations

Traditional shopping streets and snacks

After passing through the Thunder Gate, explore the bustling Nakamise Street where traditional crafts, printed cotton kimono, and the wafting scent of Japanese sweets will compete for your attention. Try the famous old-school snacks dorayaki, fried manju buns, or mochi skewers.

Branching out, you will find dozens of smaller shopping streets, perfect for a leisurely wander. Denpoin-dori, Kannon-dori, and Asakusa Chuo-dori are particularly attractive, and still maintain the flair of the Asakusa of yore as people are carted around on rickshaws past bright-red lanterns and bridges.

For those looking for more modern shopping opportunities, the nearby Rokku district is home to several department stores, discount shops, and entertainment venues, including the (in)famous cabaret club Rockza which launched comedian Beat Takeshi's career.

21st century attractions beyond the temples

Visible from within the Sensoji temple grounds is Asakusa's newest attraction, the soaring Tokyo Sky Tree. Rising 634 meters, this futuristic tower offers panoramic views of the city (and on clear days all the way to Mt. Fuji). While an impressive sight all year round, during the spring visitors gather in Sumida Park to capture photos of the tower surrounded by cherry blossoms.

Party like a samurai

Everyone loves a good festival and the residents of Asakusa are no exception. Throughout the year, the neighborhood hosts several exciting events. The Sanja Matsuri Festival in late May sees the streets filled with the cries of teams heaving heavy portable mikoshi shrines, and the Sumida River fireworks display is a highlight of the summer. Sensoji also has yearly markets, including the Hozuki-ichi (ground cherry market) in July, Tori-no-ichi in November and Hagoita-ichi in December.

Asakusa after dark

Most visitors to Tokyo seeking a fun night out head towards Shibuya or Roppongi, but Asakusa is where locals have been coming for decades, even centuries, to relax after the sun goes down. Lit up until 11 p.m. most nights, Sensoji offers an entirely different atmosphere after sundown, so check it out before going in search of delicious local food and famous old-school drinks.

Just west of Sensoji is Hoppy Street, so named for the drink made with this non-alcoholic beer and shochu, sake's stronger cousin. Aside from the fizzy beverage, Hoppy Street also has a number of casual open-air eateries where you can get fresh-grilled yakitori skewers or the area's specialty: beef stew. You also won't want to miss stopping by Kamiya, Japan's oldest Western-style bar, famous for its original brandy-based cocktail Denki-Bran.

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