Asakusa is a historic temple town which dates back over 1000 years, today it is one of Japan’s few traditional quarters and is a hugely popular tourist destination.

Thousands flock to the Senso-jo temple which although rebuilt after the war, dates back to the 6th century.

The area is also home to a lot of small time entertainment with small carnival parks, cinemas, and the conspicuous strip clubs and pachinko parlours.

Asakusa is a fantastic place to pick up traditional Japanese gifts, from fans, lanterns and lacquered goods. There is quite a few market like stalls in the streets surrounding the temple.



About Asakusa

Asakusa is located on the north-east fringe of Central Tokyo. It is located at the eastern end of the Ginza subway line and is situated…

Asakusa gate

Asakusa Map

Asakusa sits just outside the loop of the Yamanote Line one suburb over from Ueno. It’s home to Asahi beer headquarters, Senso-ji Temple and the kitchen district of Kappanbashi-Dori.

Asahi Beer Headquarters

Asahi Beer Headquarters

The Asahi Beer Headquarters is one of the most intriguing architectural wonders in Tokyo. It features two main buildings, the biggest building standing one hundred…

Kappabashi Dori


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Hope cigarettes

Tobacco and Salt Museum

The Tobacco and Salt Museum might seem like a quirky museum to outsiders, but to the Japanese both of these products have been very important…

Sensoji temple

Sensoji Temple

Also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple, Sensoji is a massive Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, and is one of Tokyo’s most popular tourist attractions. The…

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

The Tokyo Skytree, or Tokyo Sukaitsuri, is currently the second tallest structure in the world after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Standing at a height of 630 metres, the tower opened to the public in May of 2012.

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pink octopus

This little fellow scares off more customers than he attracts.