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.
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.
The beating heart of the lower city
One of the capitals 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 juxtaposition of old and new in Tokyo. Becoming one of the most popular areas 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.
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.
- To read : Senso-ji Temple
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.
- To read : Tokyo Sky Tree
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.
- To read : 10 things to do in Asakusa