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Tokyo City Guide: Asakusa Sensoji Temple

Japan Tokyo Asakusa Seonsoji temple

Asakusa – one of Tokyo’s must-visit districts. Snuggled right next to the Sumida river, Asakusa is an step back in time. With its historic Seinsoji temples, traditional shopping street, and street food culture, Asakusa is an blend of old traditions in a modern city.

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How to Get to Asakusa Sensoji Temple?

There are 4 train/subway stations closest to Asakusa. Asakusa station serving the Ginza line from Ueno and Shibuya is the easiest one to use and super. You’ll need a Japan transit card like SUICA or PASMO or a timed subway ticket. You can get a physical SUICA card at klook.com. I purchased my SUICA Card and JR pass with KLOOK.COM

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What to do in Asakusa, Tokyo?

1.Explore Sensoji Temple in Asakusa

Sensoji Temple (kaminarimon Gate)

Sensoji temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo and is the temple of f Kannon Bodhisattva, a buddhist deity believed to take people sufferings away! Start at the Kaminarimon Gate also known as the Thunder Gate. When you go through make sure to look underneath the huge lantern called chochin. There’s a beautiful dragon engraving.

Tip: Arrive early and go during the week. The people and the kids visiting bring the temple back to life with their prayers and rituals.

2. Get your fortune!

Japan Tokyo Asakusa-5

Did you know you can draw your fortune from a wooden box at the top of the temple ! It comes in English too! I got a terrible one !!!!

3. Five-Storied Pagoda

Asakusa Five story pagoda

Next to the gate is the Five-Storied Pagoda where people come pay their respects before going to the main temple.

4. Jokoro

Asakusa Jokoro

In the middle of the temple there is a Jokoro, an earthenware for incense used for purification and good health. I saw people standing with this huge incense just holding them getting covered by the smoke.

Sensoki Temple

2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan

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5. SNACKS AROUND NAKAMISE DORI

Kibi Dango

Kibi Dango

Walk down Nakamise Dori, a shopping street filled with shops and food stalls with goodies to eat, drink and play. At “Azuma” you can eat Kibi Dango, a Japanese balls made from millet and mochi rice flour coated with soybean powder. They were delicious and soft. God forbid you of sneezing on that powder…it’ll get all over…ACHU!

1-chōme-18-1 Asakusa, 台東区 Taito City, Tōkyō-to 111-0032

Taiyaki | Tennen Taiyaki Sharaku

Asakusa Taiyaki
Asakusa Taiyaki
Japan Tokyo Asakusa Taiyaki

Taiyaki is a fish shaped pancak-like sweet filled usually with red bean paste, white bean paste. You can also finde it filled with chocolate, matcha and others. I swear the beans are sweet and naste nothing like savory beans. It’s usually made in batches but at “Tennen” it’s made the traditional way. The lovely owner makes it one by one with a single griddle and stuff so much inside.

Taiyaki Sharaku

3-chōme-9-10 Asakusa, Taito City, Tōkyō-to 111-0032

Mame Daifuku at Momotaro

Asakusa What to eat
Asakusa what to eat

Since 1871 Momotaro has been serving dango. Get the original mame daifuku, a Japanese sweet made of mochi stuffed with a sweet filing, in this case whole azuki beans (red sweet beans). It tastes so different than the ones you buy at the grocery store. It had wholes beans which I really liked.

Momotaro

Japan, 〒111-0035 Tokyo, Taito City, Nishiasakusa, 2 Chome−13−10 蔵田フラッツ西浅

6. Skytree walk by Sumida Park

Japan Tokyo Skytree in Sumida Park
Skytree view from Sumida Park

So… I got lost and ended up by the Sumida River to see the spectacular Skytree building! It was such a nice walk away from the crowds.

Sumida Park

1 Chome Hanakawado, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0033, Japan

Learn Asakusa Cultural History

Asakusa is a historic landmark and while exploring on your own is fun you’ll miss the historical facts and importance of Asakusa. There are many tours available to get to know the history of Sensoji temple. Here are a few.

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Where to Stay Near Asakusa?

Asakusa is a super popular spot to stay in Tokyo and a historical spot at that. So you can find ryokans around this area as well as hostels. To do all my bookings in Japan I used Agoda.com.

Tip: I would recommend staying close to the Asakusa train station for easy access to other attractions.

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