Translated by Misaki
5000 Yen Plan For An Asakusa Stroll - Kimono and Sake Included!
Written by Mami Wakamatsu
It's easy to see why Asakusa is so popular with tourists. However, its old Japan charms and many restaurants can leave your wallet empty. Here's a plan to keep that from happening!
Asakusa is the most famous sightseeing spot in Tokyo. Its charming atmosphere reminding one of old Japan attracts many visitors every day of the week.
When you visit Asakusa, you'll find many attractions and restaurants including Sensōji Temple. You might end up spending way too much money without realizing it. Not to be penniless while in Japan, here is a great plan for you to enjoy a day in Asakusa on just 5000 yen.
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1. Free: A Vista Point Overlooking Asakusa
The Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is a good place to start. It's located in front of the train station in Asakusa, and they have an information counter, free internet access and exhibition space. I recommend stopping by here before heading out to the city.
While you are here, don't forget to check out the observation terrace. You can see Tokyo Skytree and Sensōji Temple. This spacious area with its astonishing view is completely free of charge.
2. 1000 yen: Sake Tasting at Terakoya-i
Image courtesy of Terakoya-i, a Tourist Spot for Asakusa's History and Culture
Terakoya-i (寺子屋i) is a tourist information center with a twist. It's not just for information but also a place where you can experience Japanese culture.
On the first floor of Terakoya-i is a cafe. You can enjoy Japanese beverages including matcha green tea and sake. The matcha is 500 yen but for 100 yen more, you can have the unique experience of preparing your own whipped green tea.
Sake starts from 600 yen. For sake lovers, I highly recommend the sake tasting; for 1000 yen, you can taste 3 different types of sake.
3. 2500 yen: Stroll About Asakusa in Kimono
They have a kimono classroom on the 2nd floor of Terkoya. They also offer kimono rentals, making it possible for you to walk around the streets of Asakusa in kimono. The class costs 2500 yen, and it includes hands-on instruction in how to properly wear kimono as well as 4 hours of kimono rental. However, the class is not always available. Please check the schedule on their official website in advance.
4. 1000 yen: Tororo Soba at a Historical Soba Shop
Image courtesy of Namikiyabu Soba: a 100-Year-Old Soba Shop Loved By Everyone! (Asakusa)
One of the most historical soba (buckwheat noodle) stores in Japan is located in Asakusa, right by Kaminarimon Gate. It's called Namikiyabu Soba.
One of the most popular items is their tororo soba (1000 yen). Tororo is grated yam, which has a sticky texture but tastes both refreshing and flavorful at the same time. Tororo may not be common overseas, but here in Japan, people often use it in different types of food including rice and soba dishes.
It also goes well with the soba dipping sauce. I recommend trying tororo soba at least once. By the way, please be aware that this restaurant is very popular and often has a line during meal times.
5. Free: Enjoy Japanese Traditional Arts and Crafts
Image courtesy of Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum!
At the Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum, they exhibit Japanese traditional arts and crafts from the neighborhood of Asakusa.
They also have a gift shop on the first floor where you can find a piece or two for yourself or as souvenirs. It's nice to know that the admission is free. Go ahead and see if you'll find a piece that speaks to you.
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From hundred year old restaurants, kimono lessons and rentals, sake tastings and great views of Asakusa, all for 5000 yen - if you would like to get a greater sense of the culture and charms of Asakusa, please try this plan for yourself.