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4 Unique Experiences That Can Be Found At Asakusa

Asakusa is a district in Tokyo, where elements of tradition and culture
from decades past have withstood the test of time.

After World War 2, when large parts of the area was destroyed by air raids, Asakusa has made a steady comeback
and established itself as an iconic spot for tourists to get a feel of Tokyo's heritage.

Here are some of Asakusa key attractions.

Sensouji

Sensoji Temple

Founded in 628, Sensoji Temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo. As you approach the temple, there is an iconic Kaminarimon.

Kaminarimon is the main gate leading to Sensoji Temple and is a symbol of Asakusa. It is widely known as a major tourist attraction in Tokyo.

After passing through Nakamise and past Hozomon, you will see the magnificence of the main hall.
Amulets, bills, temple books, etc. can be found on the approach roads or on the precincts.

There are also omikuji or fortune telling stripes in the approach to the main hall. In total, you can see seven types of omikuji: Daikichi, Kichi, Hankichi, Shokichi, Sue shokichi, Suekichi, and Evil.

Shop at Nakamise Shopping Street

Between Kaminarimon and Hozomon, there is a 250 meter long street that houses more than 80 shops, which sells many popular souvenirs and delicious snacks.

This iconic shopping street has been around since the 18th century, and some shops are more than 100 years old!

Nakamise also sells some must-try snacks, including the very popular Ningyo-yaki, a bite size sponge cake that comes with sweet bean paste, custard or chocolate filling. They have the motif of Shichifukujin and Sensoji Temple.

Among all the ningyo-yaki stands, Kimuraya honten is one of the more popular ones to get your sweet cravings satisfied.

Sensouji Nakamise

Hop on a Rickshaw

One popular way to view Asakusa's many sights is through a guided tour on a rickshaw. These energetic rickshaw drivers speak english and will give you a personalised tour, telling stories about the sites while bringing you to Asakusa's many attractions and hidden spots only known to locals.

The best part? Along the scenic route, your rickshaw man will also take perfect photos of you at your favourite spots.

Hanayashiki Amusement Park

Hanayashiki - Visit a Vintage Amusement Park

Hanayashiki, Japan's first and oldest amusement park has been around since 1853.
It originally began as a flower park, until its management started added in more attractions to transform it into an amusement park.

The park is most noted for its classic 1950s atmosphere, featuring rides such as the popular roller coaster and a haunted house.

Hanayashiki also offers cultural show, kimono and tea ceremony experiences.

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With a host of different experiences in Asakusa, it is an area that offers everything a tourist would want: shopping, culture, scenery and food.
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