Asakusa district 浅草

  • Published on : 09/04/2020
  • by : J.L.T.B. / I.D.O.
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Tokyo: Asakusa, the beating heart of the city

One of the capital's most popular districts, both tourists and locals shop here before going to Senso-ji temple. From the revered Senso-ji temple to the futuristic Tokyo Sky Tree Tower, this district is a perfect example of the blending of old and new in Tokyo. Asakusa beckons.

On the other side of Nakamise-dori, Arai Bunsendô, has been in business for over 120 years. It is a fan shop whose clientele is mainly made up of kabuki actors, rakugo storytellers and nihon buyô (Japanese dance) dancers.

Throughout the neighborhood, small shops sell traditional handicrafts: wooden combs, brushes, geta, Japanese socks, and other objects that transport visitors to another era.

A little further west of Senso-ji Temple, Hanayashiki Amusement Park has been thrilling its customers since 1949, making this kind of place the oldest in Japan. The rides and other attractions have - fortunately - been modernized, but the vibe has remained intact and the place has a delightfully old-fashioned side.

Edo Oshie Hagoita

Edo Oshie Hagoita

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Depuis sept générations, la boutique Yonoya Kushiho est un emblématique fabricant de peigne à Asakusa (Tokyo).

Depuis sept générations, la boutique Yonoya Kushiho est un emblématique fabricant de peigne à Asakusa (Tokyo).

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Le Parc Hanayashiki avec la Tokyo SkyTree en arrière-plan

Le parc Hanayashiki avec la Tokyo SkyTree en arrière-plan

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Modern Asakusa: Tokyo Skytree Tower

Visible from the Sensoji temple is the most recent attraction on the outskirts of Asakusa, the Tokyo Skytree. Rising 634 meters above sea level, this futuristic tower offers panoramic views of the city and, on a clear day, all the way to Mount Fuji.

Although this is an impressive show all year round, travellers and locals gather at Sumida Park, especially in the spring, to admire the tower surrounded by cherry blossoms.

La Skytree vue depuis Asakusa

La Skytree vue depuis Asakusa

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Tokyo by night: Visit Asakusa at night

Besides being very photogenic thanks to the illuminations of the Senso-ji temple complex, Asakusa has always been a place where Tokyoites gather after sunset to relax over a drink while nibbling a few dishes in the many izakaya, the Japanese-style tapas bars that dot the neighborhood. If we can not really speak of a terrace, we can still enjoy the place outdoors thanks to the many establishments that set up tables and chairs in the pedestrian streets.

In addition to countless restaurants, you will also find cinemas and traditional theaters .

 

Matsuri in Tokyo: The many festivals of Asakusa

On the festival side, Asakusa has no reason to envy neighbouring districts: 

La pagode à 5 étages borde le temple Sensô-ji d'Asakusa (Tokyo).

La pagode à 5 étages borde le temple Sensô-ji d'Asakusa (Tokyo).

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    Asakusa Station is served by the Ginza, Asakusa and Tobu railway lines.

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