Japan (Japan)

Languages: Japanese

Currencies: JPY · Japanese yen (¥)

Capitol: Tokyo

Continents: Asia

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Area: 377,930km2

Population: 125,836,021

Traffic/driving side: left

Landlocked country: No

Independent country: Yes

United Nations member: Yes

IDD Prefix: +81

Timezones: UTC+09:00

Last updated on June 9, 2024

Are you looking for an adventure-packed trip to Tokyo? Tokyo is the ultimate dream destination, the biggest metropolis in the world. But it’s so much more than that. The longer you are in Tokyo the more you want to explore. One of the most popular places in Tokyo is Asakusa – Tokyo’s historical downtown, with a complex of colorful, amazing buddist temples and delicious street food. Here are all the top things to do in Asakusa district, which is a perfect starting point for meeting this giant metropolis. 

Top things to do in Asakusa district in Tokyo - Asakusa Temple.

Top things to do in Asakusa district!

Asakusa Senso-Ji Temple is the heart of the district. Despite the crowds everything seems so organized and friendly with Japanese people gathering gently around significant spots. The temple is one of the most beautiful pictures I’ve seen along my travels. There are many rituals and ceremonies going on in the temple area. The Japanese believe strongly in omens. They deposit huge amounts of money, especially ahead of important moments in their lives (like university exams).

“Ji” means temple in Japanese. You’ll notice two powerful Guardian Gods. It is the wind God and thunder God.

Get the panoramic view of Asakusa district.

For panoramic views of Asakusa and its surrounding areas visit Asakusa Culture and Sightseeing Center.

The observatory deck on the 8th floor offers stunning vistas of the Senso-Ji temple, Tokyo Skytree and the Sumida River. It’s an ideal spot for capturing breathtaking photographs of the cityscape and gaining a deeper appreciation for Asakusa’s beauty.

Top things to do in Asakusa district in Tokyo - Senso-Ji Temple.

Visit stunning Senso-Ji Temple.

A visit to Asakusa is incomplete without exploring Senso-ji – Tokyo’s oldest and most significant Buddhist temple. As you approach the iconic Kaminarimon gate, you’ll be greeted by a massive red lantern – which gives visitors an impressive welcome, and a lively shopping street – Nakamise, offering an array of traditional snacks and souvenirs. 

The temple’s main hall, pagoda and beautifully landscaped gardens provide a serene escape from the bustling city. There is no admission fee, but you can make a donation if you wish at the temple.

Asakusa Temple carries 5 roofs. Every has elemental meaning e.g. earth, water, fire, wind and air. At the top of the temple remain ashes of Gautama Buddha – the founder of Buddhism in India. 

Courtyard located in front of the temple, is a large incense-burning kettle. Its smoke is prized for its invaluable medicinal properties. You will see endless queues toward the kettle. People cup their hands and move the smoke towards their face or body. 

Top things to do in Asakusa district in Tokyo - Asakusa Temple.

Nakamise Shopping Street.

Nakamise Shopping Street is one of the finest things to do in Asakusa district. It stretches from Asakausa Temple gate for about 250 metres and is packed with souvenir local shops and food stalls, which are an amazing spot to try a local cuisine (try different bites of hot snacks).

One of the best fun experiences is going on a Tokyo Bar Hooping Night Tour in Shinjuku.

Sumida Park and River Cruise.

Sumida Park amazes especially during cherry blossom season when the park is adorned with stunning pink blooms.

Go on a thrilling adventure and take a river cruise along the Sumida River, where you can witness Asakusa’s landmarks from a unique vantage point and absorb the lively atmosphere along the waterfront.

Get the rickshaw ride!

It’s a very popular attraction in the area. Get a unique insight into Tokyo, explore Asakusa streets, historic sites, temples and shrines on a traditional rickshaw. 

Top things to do in Asakusa district in Tokyo - Rickshaw ride in Asakusa

Kimono shop in Asakusa.

One of the most popular things to do in Asakusa district is kimono shopping or rental. There are many kimono rental shops in the area available at affordable prices starting from ¥2500. Some places are even providing potography services.

Explore the dark side of Tokyo.

Discover the nightlife, backstreets and most impenetrable parts of the city – this is a thrilling adventure – totally safe when guided. 

Asakusa Entertainment.

Explore Asakusa’s entertainment scene by catching a traditional performance at the Asakusa Engei Hall or experiencing a taiko drumming show at Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center. It’s a taste of Japan’s artistic heritage, which captivates audiences with their dynamic presentations.

Top things to do in Asakusa district in Tokyo.

Cuisine Exploration.

Asakusa is a paradise for food enthusiasts (as the whole Japan), offering a wide array of culinary delights. One of the most popular are yakitori (grilled chicken skewers), senbei (rice crackers) or ningyo-yaki (small doll-shaped cakes). For a more substantial meal dine at a tempura restaurant for a taste of deep-fried perfection.

Two best caffee places in Asakusa:

  • Maid Cafe MAID MADE Akihabara Ekimae.
  • Ninja Experience Cafe Asakusa.

One of the finest things to do in Asakusa is attending No1 Cooking Class in Tokyo- Sushi Making Experience in Asakusa.

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