Asakusa   浅草

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The Port of Thunder, Kaminari-mon, marks the entrance to the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa (Tokyo).

The Port of Thunder, Kaminari-mon, marks the entrance to the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa (Tokyo).

Along the shopping arcades of Asakusa, the uninterrupted crowd sustains the neighborhood.

Along the shopping arcades of Asakusa, the uninterrupted crowd sustains the neighborhood.

A Asakusa (Tokyo), vendors of all kinds offer culinary products and souvenirs for the crowd.

A Asakusa (Tokyo), vendors of all kinds offer culinary products and souvenirs for the crowd.

In addition to its traditional side, Asakusa in Tokyo life as with festivals.

In addition to its traditional side, Asakusa in Tokyo life as with festivals.

The beating heart of the lower city

ONE OF THE CAPITAL’S MOST RECENT POPULAR DISTRICTS, BOTH TOURISTS AND TOKYO LOCALS SHOP HERE BEFORE GOING TO THE GRAND SENSO-JI TEMPLE. FROM THE REVERED SENSO-JI TEMPLE TO THE FUTURISTIC TOKYO SKYTREE TOWER, THE DISTRICT IS A PERFECT IMAGE OF THE JUXTAPOSITION OF THE OLD AND NEW IN TOKYO. BECOMING ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR DISTRICTS OF THE JAPANESE CAPITAL, WELCOME TO ASAKUSA!

THE UNMISSABLE PILGRIMAGE PLACE IN TOKYO

Over the centuries, a constant flow of visitors have come to pray in the main hall of the Asakusa temple. Today, these travellers come from around the world to admire the architecture.

Each year, the Sanja Matsuri draws a huge crowd in the Sensôju, the temple of Asakusa.

Each year, the Sanja Matsuri draws a huge crowd in the Sensôju, Asakusa temple.

Kaminari-mon (or thunder gate) is the first place must see in the neighbourhood. Thanks to its huge red lantern and wooden sculptures of the gods of thunder and wind, it has become one of the emblems of Asakusa. 

After crossing it, you will be immersed in the busy streets of Nakamise. It is lined with a myriad of small shops that compete with each other to attract the attention of onlookers. Here you will find shops selling traditional crafts, as well as dorayaki stalls, fried manju buns or dango.


At the end of this street is the Senso-ji Temple, also known as Asakusa Kannon, the symbol of the district. Do not miss the most discreet but also beautiful Asakusa sanctuary, located next door. 

This religious complex is known for being a healthy place where Buddhism and Shintoism live in harmony.

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.

Sanja Matsuri is the opportunity to scroll parade sacred shrines (mikoshi), in honor of the three founders of the temple.

Sanja Matsuri is the opportunity to scroll parade sacred shrines (mikoshi), in honor of the three founders of the temple.

FESTIVALS AND NIGHT LIFE IN ASAKUSA

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

ASAKUSA OF KAWABATA

Yasunari Kawabata, (1899-1972), winner of the Nobel Literature Prise, described the neighbourhood as follows: "Asakusa! ... universal Asakusa! All sorts of living things come out of there. It shows bare, all throbbing desires. It is a huge flood of various types and classes of men. At dawn or dusk, is an unfathomable and endless stream: Asakusa is alive... A huge dense crowd parades by. This district forged in an old mould belongs to the crowd and is completely transformed.”

When they want to go out in Tokyo, most visitors automatically head to Shibuya, Roppongi or Shinjuku. But Asakusa is the place where the Tokyo locals have gathered for decades, even centuries, after sunset to relax over a drink. You will also find, in addition to its countless restaurants, many traditional theatres and cinemas.

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