Things To Do In Asakusa, TokyoBy
Tags: Kappabashi market, Nakamise shopping street, Sensoji temple, Things to do at asakusa tokyo
Asakusa is one of my favorite place in Tokyo. Why? It is so amazing to visit the Sensoji Temple and shopping along Nakamise shopping street. Join me now to find out things to do in Asakusa, Tokyo!
1. Try rickshaw ride around Asakusa
For Yen3000, you can tour around Asakusa area on a rickshaw. Mind you, the person pulling your rickshaw is not old uncles. Rather you will see young, strong, and handsome man pulling the rickshaw.
2. Visit Sensoji Temple
Sensoji is an ancient Buddhist temple located at Asakusa, Tokyo. It is Tokyo’s oldest temple. Kaminarimon is the first of two large entrance gates leading to Sensoji Temple. It was first built more than 1000 years ago and is the symbol of Asakusa. If you visit this place, you won’t miss the big red lattern as many tourists posed to have their pictures taken.
As you look at the ceiling where the red lattern is hanging, you will notice a dragon craving.
There is even instructions for foreigners on how to draw OMIKUJI, which is a written fortune. Do put a Yen100 as donation after drawing an OMIKUJI.
If your OMIKUJI is a bad fortune, fret not. Tie them to the string and leave them behind.
3. Eat Your Way Through Nakamise Shopping Street
The Nakamise shopping street leads from Kaminarimon to the temple grounds. It is bursting with visitors and presents a great opportunity for one to taste the local delights and many photo opportunities.
Japanese adore cats and you can find many cute cats at nakamise shopping street. In fact, whenever you walk into a Japanese restaurant, you probably will notice the cat raising one hand to tell you “Quick come in… try the food here!”
I also noticed that quite a few shops in Japan sell knife. Wonder if these knives are the same ones used by sushi chef to cut the thin slices of sashimi?
As we approach the temple grounds, we saw some tents where serious food stall owners are dishing out bowls of hot food. You can actually purchase the food and dine under the covered tent.
4. Check Out Nearby Kappabashi Market
There are over 80,000 restaurants in Tokyo and they all buy most of their cookware and kitchen equipment from Kappabashi Market, which is just a short walk from Asakusa’s subway, train and boat station. You simply cannot miss the big chef head!
There are shops selling kitchen utensils, plastic food wares, Japanese lanterns and etc. Many professional chefs and restaurant owners come to Kappabashi to buy kitchen utensils here. Interesting right?
So this is how you can enjoy sightseeing at Asakusa. I am looking forward to return to the shops there. I simply love the atmosphere at Nakamise shopping street. Hope you enjoy it too!