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5 Attractions For 1000 Yen?! Exploring Asakusa On A Budget
One of the charms of Asakusa is that there are many things you can enjoy here for a reasonable price. This article introduces five places to see and enjoy in Asakusa for only 1000 yen in total!
Written by Mami Wakamatsu
Asakusa is a good place to feel the atmosphere of an old Japanese town; just being there and looking around the houses and down the streets is great fun. Besides, it's one of the busiest destinations for travelers coming to Japan from all over the world.
But did you know that you can enjoy the best of what Asakusa has to offer on a low budget? Let's check out five recommended attractions you can visit for only 1000 yen in total.
1. Free: Join A Guided Tour and Visit Sensoji Temple
Asakusa is famous for Sensoji Temple and Kaminarimon Gate. When visiting the temple there may be things that you would otherwise miss, or things that you are not quite sure how to do, such as how to buy omikuji (luck divining papers) and omamori (talismans) mainly because of language barriers and cultural differences.
Therefore, we highly recommend that you take part in a free guided tour of Sensoji and Kaminarimon, as you will get to see these two places at their best. The tour is held every Saturday and Sunday, twice a day, starting at 11:00 and 13:15. The tour starts at the Asakusa Tourist Culture Information Center.
The Asakusa Tourist Culture Information Center has a free observatory on its 8th floor which allows visitors to enjoy vieweing the whole Asakusa area from above! The sight of Sensoji and Tokyo Skytree are really amazing, so we definitely recommend i!
2. 320 Yen: Taste Some of the Best Ramen in Japan
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If you feel hungry while touring Asakusa, how about trying ramen, one of the most popular Japanese dishes, for lunch?
You can eat ramen for 320 yen at Ramen Menmaru. Many people are in love with the simple but authentic taste of their shoyu (soy sauce) ramen. There is always a long line at lunch though, so please take that into account when you plan your day.
3. Free: Explore Japanese Culture at the Festival Museum
With free admission you can get to know more about o-matsuri (Japanese festivals), a defining point of Japanese culture, at the Asakusa Omatsuri Museum. Here, miniatures reproduce the sights of Asakusa's famous Sanja Matsuri Festival, and models of mikoshi (a portable shrine carried during the festival) and festival costumes are displayed.
The Sanja Matsuri is held only once a year, but thanks to this museum you can see parts of it all year round.
4. Just 300 yen All Day?! Enjoy Cycling Around Asakusa
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After exploring Japanese culture, why not rent a bike and enjoy some of the town scenery of Asakusa?
There are four public bike rental shops: "Sumida Park Bike Parking Lot" located near Sumida park, "Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station South Bike Parking Lot" located in the underground bicycle parking lot at the Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station, the "Shin-Okamachi Bike Parking Lot" and "Naka-Okachimachi Bike Parking Lot". You can return bikes to any of those four locations.
It costs only 300 yen to rent a bike for a day. You will surely have a wonderful time cycling along Sumida river with Tokyo Sky Tree in sight.
5. 340 Yen: Try Real Matcha Gelato
Now that you managed to do some exercise on your rented bike, why not get some bittersweet matcha gelato ice cream?
You can try the richest matcha gelato in the world at Suzukien Asakusa Main Store. The gelato is available in either a single or double scoop and comes in either a cone or a cup. A unique point of this shop is that the price of the gelato isn't based on scoop size, but depends on how bitter the gelato is. A single scoop costs from 340 yen to 550 yen, and the double ranges from 440 yen to 650 yen.
Once you take a bite, the fresh flavor of the matcha really spreads on your tongue. Suzukien Asakusa Main Store is located 10 minutes away from Sumida Park.
Enjoy Your Time in Asakusa!
So, what do you think of these fun, free and almost free things to do in Asakusa? If you would like to see more of Asakusa or try something you might have missed before, these are definitely bargains not to be missed!