Asakusa is a pocket of tradition and home to Tokyo Sensoji, the oldest and most popular temple. If you want to visit, avoid the first few days of the new year as queues will be several hours long.
In front of the temple, there is a shopping street – Nakamise. This street has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional snacks and souvenirs for centuries. Asakusa, is also the best place to try Japanese cuisine. You can find ramen, soba, tempura and snacks like rice sugar, shortcake and sakura paste.
Asakusa also hosts a cluster of domestic kitchenware stores on Kappabashi-dori. Many people visit these for essential supplies. Kappabashi-dori is also known as Tokyo’s restaurant wholesale district. You can buy plastic food, metal spatulas, deep fryers and affordable crockery. Some shops only sell in wholesale quantities, but many are happy to sell single items and factory-made Japanese pottery. Another bargain is the high-quality Japanese kitchen knives – these are much cheaper in Japan than anywhere else in the world.
Visit the Japan Summer Festival and partake in the snacks, souvenirs and mini-games, like the fishing game. Don’t miss the Taiko show – it’s so Japan! Not far from Sensoji, there is the Tokyo Skytree. The views from this 634-meter structure are incredible and there are wonderful shopping and dining facilities at ground level.
Asakusa Jinja Shrine
This is a Shinto shrine that is famous for its Sanja Matsuri Festival held in May.
Asakusa Ameya (Candy)
Asakusa Ameya is a candy store offering traditional Japanese candies and lollipops.
Yamamoto Soroban Shop
This is traditional Japanese abacus (soroban) specialty shop in Asakusa. Closed ever third Wednesday of the month.
Zenizuka Jizo Hall
Zenizuka Jizo Hall is a part of Senso-ji Temple, often visited by those who want to pray for their business to prosper.
A copper statue of the 9th Danjuro Ichikawa(1838-1903), the famous kabuki actor. He is shown in the role depicting “Shibaraku”.
Naritaya is a Halal ramen restaurant located in Asakusa. A prayer room is located on the second floor.
Bunko-ya Oozeki is a 85-year old leather good store that offers leather wallets and purses with intricate patterns that are all hand-painted.
This kimono rental shop is located a 3-minute walk from Asakusa Station. For 4400 yen, visitors can book a set plan including a tea ceremony. For those interested only in the tea ceremony without kimono experience, the shop has an offer for 2700 yen. As prior
Khaosan Tokyo Origami
Khaosan Tokyo Origami is a hostel located in Asakusa, at an 8 minute walk from Asakusa station(Metro Ginza line) and a 15 minute walk from Asakusa station(Toei Asakusa line).
Asakusa Terakoya-i is a cultural center located just a 5 minute walk from Senso-ji Temple.
Chiffon Cake Shop Otaco
Otaco is a family-run Chiffon cake shop located in Asakusa. All of the cakes are hand-made, and use 100% domestic rice flour for their many variations of Chiffon cakes.
Kagetsudo is a popular Melonpan (Japanese sweet bread) shop and cafe in Asakusa. They are open every day all year round from 9 am until they sell their last Melonpan of the day.
Hanayashiki is the oldest theme park in Tokyo and arguably one of the most popular. Regardless of your age or interest, you will find rides that interest you. The variety of rides and attractions here are wide and eclectic. Unlike many contemporary amusemen
Hanayashiki BBQ Garden
The Hanayashiki BBQ Garden is a special summer beer garden inside the Hanayashiki amusement park close to Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa.
Denboin-dori is a shopping and dining street along the South end of the Senso-ji Temple area.
Named after the Japanese drink "Hoppy (ホッピー)", Hoppy Street, also known as Nikomi Street (Stew Street), is a collection of old bars serving delicious food and drinks at reasonable prices.
Kameya is a doll cake (Sponge cakes in various shapes filled with a red bean paste) and hand-made senbei (rice cracker) shop in Asakusa.
With Bunny (Asakusa)
This is a five storied-bunny cafe (usagi cafe) in Asakusa where guests can take photos with bunnies, give them snacks, brush them, and dress them up. This cafe is foreigner-friendly, and English and Chinese-speaking staff is available.
Super Hotel Asakusa
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Super Hotel Asakusa offers accommodation in Tokyo. Guests can rent a bicycle for free to explore the surroundings. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle
Via Inn Asakusa
Via Inn Asakusa is located in the cultural area of Asakusa, a 5-minute walk from Senso-ji Temple. It offers modern accommodation with a restaurant, massage services and rooms with free wired internet. WiFi access is available in a
Khaosan Tokyo Origami
Located in central Asakusa, Khaosan Tokyo Origami is a 5-minute walk from iconic Kaminari-mon Gate and Senso-ji Temple. Open from October 2014, this hostel offers dorm beds and Japanese-style private rooms, while hosting various e
Located a 3-minute walk to Senso-ji Temple in historic Asakusa, Oyado Matsumura offers simple Japanese-style guest rooms and a shared lounge with an electric kettle and tea bags. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.
Sakura Hostel Asakusa
Featuring a fully equipped free-use kitchen and a free internet PC lounge, Sakura Hostel Asakusa is just a 5-minute walk from Asakusa Station and famous Senso-ji Temple. Friendly English-speaking staff welcome guests at the 24-hou
Richmond Hotel Asakusa
Opened in March 2012, Richmond Hotel Asakusa is a 3-minute walk to Sensoji Temple and boasts free Wi-Fi. Rooms come with a 40-inch LCD TV, and the Italian restaurant serves a breakfast buffet.
Asakusa Hotel Wasou
A 15-minute walk from Asakusa Station, Asakusa Hotel Wasou offers simple affordable accommodations. Guests can stay in capsule rooms or in private Japanese-style rooms with tatami (woven-straw) floors.