After arriving at the port of Asakusa, do not cross the Sumidagawa River. Follow westward along Kaminarimon Boulevard. After passing through the Kamiya Bar founded in Meiji 13rd year and the Owariya Soba Shop established in Meiji 3rd year, you can see Sensoji Temple and Kaminarimon on the right side. Do you know the official name is "Furaijinmon"? Because it is said to be the door guarded by the gods of wind and thunder.
The blue god facing the right side is the God of wind, and the red god on the opposite side is the God of Thunder. Passing through the big lantern in the middle, you will come to one of the oldest commercial street in Japan Asakusa Nakamise Commercial Street in the temple area.On the two sides of the 250-meter commercial street, there are about 90 shops ranging from restaurants to craft shops. If there's a chance, you can experience the hustle and bustle of the Shitamachi culture.
Asakusa Nakamise Commercial Street
It is the only place in Tokyo where you can easily eat all kinds of Japanese classic snacks such as ramie candy, human-shaped baking, Japanese fried steamed bread and so on. In addition, there are traditional Japanese crafts everywhere such as fans, circular fans and Edo Kiriko as well as products full of Japanese style such as handkerchiefs and T-shirts of Ukiyo-e into where modernism is integrated.
- 1-36-3, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
After walking through Kaminarimon and passing through the Asakusa Nakamise Commercial Street, you will come to the Hozomon Gate. To the right is the Statue of Nioh made by Kyusaku Muraoka, and to the left is that made by Nishikido Sinkan. The two statues stand there without losing the spectacular momentum of the gods of wind and thunder, which are of great value to visit. Besides, do not miss the big straw sandals used for decoration.
After entering the front of the Hozomon Gate, you can see the hall of the Sensoji Temple and the Five-storied Pagoda on the left. The Sensoji Temple is known as the oldest temple in Tokyo and it is very lively since there are many tourists every year. According to the statistics, there are about 30 million visitors here every year. From the fact that Tokyo has a population of only about 10 million people, it is conceivable that there are so many visitors.
Various seasonal ceremonies held here are all sights that can only be seen in Asakusa, such as sour Physalis Peruviana Market in July, Asakusa Lantern Festival in September, Cock Market in November and Hagoita Market in December. A point to note here is the most popular Sanja Festival in May. Apart from the lively and extraordinary streets, you can also see the gorgeous mikoshi and the newness scenes that are usually not seen such as Kaminarimon big lanterns folded for the mikoshi.
- 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
After visiting the Sensoji Temple, you can go straight to the left to enter the Hanayashiki Street. Go along the nostalgic shop, you can see the Asakusa Hanayashiki on the right side. How nostalgic the retro look and the mini-scale Hanayashiki that suddenly appear in the middle of the street is.
Asakusa Hanayashiki, which is known as the oldest amusement park in Japan, was opened in 1853, the same year when Perry's black ship entering Uragaoki. It is obvious of its long history. From the end of the Shogunate to modern times, this amusement park, which is developed together with Japanese history, is very worth seeing!
There are nostalgic recreational facilities that are not common in many modern amusement parks, for example, " roller coasters with the maximum speed of 42 km/h" and "Rowing with a foot Helicopter". This is a special and profound amusement park for old people to remember and young people to experience freshness.
- 2-28-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
After appreciating the ancient and wonderful Japanese cultural traditions on the west side, let's walk to the east to get in touch with Japan's most sophisticated technology. That is the Tokyo Skytree® that stands back from the port of Sumidagawa River and in front of you.
If you have enough time, you can walk through the Azuma-Bashi Bridge and enjoy the scenery while walking. At the beginning of the land, you can see the ancient buildings that survived from the air raids and there are still some ancient streets in the area.
However, if you don't have enough time, you can take the Tobu Skytree Line at Asakusa Station and get off at Tokyo Skytree Station after one stop. Once you get off, you can go directly to Tokyo Skytree Town.
Tokyo Skytree Town®
Tokyo Skytree, which is about 634 meters high, is the most eye-catching in Tokyo Skytree Town® and it is included in the Guinness World Records. If you compare it with the 333-meter-high Tokyo Tower and the 599-meter-high Mount Takao, you can feel the height of it. Standing at the belvedere, you can see the scenery from Tokyo Bay to Mount Fuji.
In addition, it is necessary to mention the large-scale shopping center TOKYO Solamachi® located in the Tokyo Skytree. There are more than 300 shops gathered from restaurants to fashion shops. Just like the word “Town” in its name, it can be said that a large commercial street is loaded into a building.
- 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
The most recommended facility in Tokyo Skytree Town® is Sumida Aquarium. All kinds of fun facilities are available here, such as an indoor, open pool-type tanks with a close-up view of penguins and fur seals, the 50-meter-long sloping wall and the Kaleidoscope Tunnel that’s covered with mirrors.
The highlight is the Tokyo Tank, which reproduces the ocean of Bonin Islands, the only natural heritage of Tokyo. In the water tank with a depth of 6 meters, you can see as many as 55 kinds of 550 aquatic creatures, from the Carcharias taurus (shark) and the Taeniurops meyeni, to the Paracaesio xanthura, the Gnathodentex aureolineatus and the Lutjanus kasmira, which are inhabiting in the ocean near Bonin Islands.
- Floor 5/6, Solamachi, Tokyo Skytree Town, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
What is also recommended is the Konica Minolta Planetarium "Tenku" in Tokyo Skytree Town®. After the experience of fantasy space and the impression of the starry sky away from the hustle, it will help us dispel the tiredness after the Asakusa walk. Please be careful not to fall asleep.
Konica Minolta Planetarium "Tenku" in Tokyo Skytree Town®
What is recommended is the customized three-seat limited special seat “Mikazuki Seat”. You can lie on the seat and look up at the night sky, appreaciate the planetarium. The seats are also equipped with the latest stereo system. Depending on the works, you can also experience a variety of new performances such as aromatherapy.
- Floor 7, East Side of Tokyo Skytree Town, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Asakusa, which was prosperous by the handicraft industry; the western side that inherited the past tradition to the present; and the east side that shows the near future and the technology. It is the original meaning of “understand the present by reviewing the past”, that is, “understand the present by reviewing the history”. Come to Asakusa, the integration of new and old, and look for the “understand the present by reviewing the past”.