Walk around the finest parts of Asakusa district, Tokyo

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Walk around the finest parts of Asakusa district, Tokyo

Highlights

  • Asakusa is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tokyo.
  • You can enjoy the panoramic view of Asakusa from the top of Asakusa Culture Tourist Infomation Center.
  • You’ll be able to experience the difference between Buddhism and Shintoism or a Buddist temple and a Shinto shrine.
  • You’ll see what common Japanese people do and how to pray at Buddhist temples or Shinto shrines.
  • If you fancy a snack heading to or from the temple, shops lining the Nakamise-dōri sell popular local specialties. It’s possible to spend a lot of money on the many traditional trinkets and souvenirs on offer.

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There are many traditional temples and shrines such as Sensōji Temple, Matsuchiyama Shoden Temple, Asakusa Shrine, Imado Shrine and etc. These temples and shrines host at least one festival or matsuri a year. Therefore Asakusa is famous for its frequent matsuri or festival. The largest and most popular one is the Sanja Matsuri which is held in late May. There are various restaurants in Asakusa, which specialize in Japanese cuisine such as Tempura, Sushi, Sukiyaki, eel which fulfil your appetite. Furthermore you’ll be attracted by popular local specialties sold by about 89 shops, lining on the street which is called Nakamise-dōri. As I mentioned above, Asakusa provides you with such diverse and attractive spots that you won’t feel disappointed. But one thing that might depress you is you might have not enough time to experience all of them as a tourist. So I believe I can guide you to Sensōji Temple and Asakusa Shrine which are the spots that you definitely must visit on this tour. The Sensōji Temple The Sensōji Temple is a Buddhist temple. It is the main feature of Asakusa and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tokyo. The temple is dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon. So the Sensoji is also known as Asakusa-Kannon and about 30 million visitors visit every year. It was established in 628 and it's the oldest temple in Tokyo. The Asakusa Shrine The Asakusa Shrine, also known as Sanja-sama, literally "Shrine of the Three gods", is one of the most famous Shinto shrines in Tokyo and famous for its annual festival Sanja Matsuri, held in late May. The shrine honors the three men (Hajino Nakamoto and HInokuma brothers, Hamanari and Takenari) who established and constructed the Sensō-ji.

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