Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe
10 Reasonable Tourist Attractions and More in Asakusa
There are countless tourist spots in Asakusa, including shrines, a museum where you can learn about Japanese culture, and much more. In this article we'll be introducing some of the best tourists attractions you're going to want to visit when you're in As
Written by Mami Wakamatsu
People from around the world who visit Tokyo love Asakusa. You can enjoy the atmosphere of traditional Japan as well as delicious foods, all just 15 minutes by train from Tokyo station.
There are museums, shrines, and countless other spots to learn about the Japanese culture in Asakusa. Today, we'll be introducing 11 must-go sightseeing spots for when you visit Asakusa.
1. Sensōji Temple and Nakamise-dōri Street
Asakusa's number one tourist spot has to be Sensōji Temple. The Kaminarimon gate entrance is always crowded with visitors taking photos. Beyond the Kaminarimon is Nakamise-dōri, a street lined with various Japanese souvenir shops. You can also enjoy the dignified atmosphere of the main temple where Kannon bodhisattva is worshipped.
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2. Sumida Park
Many people come to enjoy Sumida Park on a bright sunny day. Located by the Sumida River, it's complete with playground and cafe. It's known for its view of Tokyo Skytree and for its sakura in the spring.
Read also: Sumida Park: Three Reasons to Visit This Little-Known Spot in Asakusa
3. Omatsuri Museum
Asakusa Omatsuri Museum is a place where you can learn about Japan's omatsuri (festivals). Here you can find displays of a miniature Sanja Festival, a model of a mikoshi used at the festivals, traditional clothes, and numerous other things related to omatsuri. There is no entrance fee which is a big plus, making casually dropping by much easier.
Read also: See Japan’s Festivals Any Time – Omatsuri Museum, Asakusa
4. Hanayashiki Amusement Park
Asakusa Hanayashiki is said to be Japan's oldest amusement park. Its history goes all the way back to 1853. It's a unique amusement park even within Japan where you can enjoy the retro rides and attractions.
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5. Kappabashi and Food Sample Shops
Kappabashi is renowned for the numerous shops that sell cooking utensils. Most popular among them are the food sample shops. A food sample is a copy sample of food made from resin or wax.
Various types, both large and small are displayed for you to admire. You can purchase a food sample that you like as a souvenir, or even try making your own.
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6. Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is where to go to learn everything you need about enjoying Asakusa. There's an information desk, computers you can use to search the internet, and an exhibition space. They even have an observation terrace where you can get a great view of Skytree and Sensōji Temple. It's great that you can use the space to relax and take a break for free.
Read also: Asakusa Tourist Culture Information Center: An Asakusa Traveler’s Best Ally
7. Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum
You can learn about traditional Japanese crafts from Edo (Tokyo's former name) at Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum. Demonstrations by craftsmen are also held on Saturdays and Sundays every week. Traditional crafts are available for purchase at the first floor counter, so that you can take home some nice crafts for yourself. No admission fee here either!
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8. Imado Shrine
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Imado Shrine is known to be the home of the Maneki-neko You can find many cat figurines inside. “Izanagi” and “Izanami”, said to be Japan's first married couple, are worshiped here. They're famous for being the gods of love and creating relationships.
Read also: Imado Shrine, Find Love at the Home of the Maneki-neko
9. Hoppy Street
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Hoppy Street is a street famous for retro Japanese bars. Many of the shops offer the famous alcohol "Hoppy" drink, a home-style dish called gyu-suji nikomi, and other foods and drinks unique to Japan. It's always bustling with tourists and local regulars.
Read also: Asakusa Hoppy Street: Nostalgic Cheap Bars
10. Amuse Museum - Textile Culture and Ukiyo-e Art Museum
Amuse Museum is located by the eastern entrance to Sensōji, the Nitenmon gate. This is a spot where you can purchase crafts, folk art, and antiques from all over Japan at a "WA Select Shop", and watch ukiyo-e works through digital video at the "Ukiyo-e Theater". They also have displays featuring clothing and tools from the Edo Period to the early Showa Period at the "Textile Culture and Ukiyo-e Art Museum". You'll enjoy the Japanese "WA" culture and art.
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Extra: MATCHA Headquarters
MATCHA headquarters is a 7 minute walk from Asakusa station. We continue to create articles in the middle of a highly touristy and culturally rich location. Staff from around the world await you at the MATCHA office, so if you're interested, stop by to say hello!
Read also: How to get to MATCHA Headquarters from Asakusa Station
The above are all tourist spots you can enjoy for free or a reasonable price. We hope this article helps you enjoy Asakusa to the fullest!