Saturday, 30 January 2010

Asakusa - Day Trip

I wanted to share some photos of Asakusa; famous with tourists not only for its temples but also for its winding back alley streets with food stalls, souvenir shops and rickshaws. Asakusa is always our preferred base when we are in Tokyo. It's quiet yet convenient.
When one think of Asakusa, one would think of Sensoji Temple. Here in the photo is the Kaminarimon (or Thunder) gate. Just behind that gate is Nakamise-dori, there is a shopping street with more than 50 shops selling local specialties and souvenir items. Nakamise-dori ends at the temple second gate, Hozomon.
 
A magnet for local and foreign tourists alike, this place will be swarmed with people come weekends and public holidays. Be prepared for a huge crowd if you come during these times.

It is nicer to visit the temple complex early in the morning when there were only locals about without the tourists crush.
Away from Nakamise-dori but still nearby to the temple complex, you can experience more vibrant alley with plenty more shops.
There are a few supermarkets around too. We always buy our fruits here. The residential feel of the place is what drawn us to Asakusa every time. I always love to walk around the area with Raimie in the evening (while Zaini went on his solo trip), meeting friendly people along the way.

If we were staying at Toyoko-Inn Asakusa Komagata, there is a bonus for Raimie before reaching our hotel. The hotel was nearby Bandai Office and outside the office were statues of Doraemon, Ultraman, Gundam, to name a few. He loves taking photos there. We literally had hundreds of them in our collection.
Doraemon in a raincoat because it rained earlier. Even Ultraman statue had one.

For Entrecard members, my EC profile banner is of Hanayashiki Amusement Park; located in Asakusa. The amusement park is more than 150 years old and is the oldest amusement park in Japan. The area around Hanayashiki is quite "interesting" with what I think several 'adult" theaters about.

Some photos on my post a year back, here

12 comments:

  1. I kind of dislike places where there are loads of tourists. Things can get really hectic and the whole place can become so touristy and commercialized.

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  2. Asakusa looks like an interesting place to visit with plenty to do within its vicinity. how fortunate of you to explore this place!

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  3. @Mei Teng,
    Me too.

    Luckily for us, only part of Asakusa is like that. For most part, Asakusa is pretty quiet.

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  4. @Life Ramblings,
    We are fortunate to be able to return to this place. :)

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  5. I am not a traveler kind of person. I dont feel easy too long away from my home or family. :) When i see you so often in Japan, u r indeed adventurous

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  6. @Bengbeng,
    Not adventurous enough lah because yet to cover other parts of the world.

    It's nice to travel because after your travel, you'll start missing home and loving it more. :)

    If Benghui and Mrs BB go with you, that'll be fun, right? :)

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  7. Wow! I think I'll like Asakusa! Maybe go there during the weekdays and not weekend - maybe less tourists then?

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  8. I like the temple buildings! So many shops there? Must be interesting to walk around that area!

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  9. Oh! So now I know what is that picture you used for your EC banner! The amusement park is more than 150 years old? That's very old! Still functioning? : )

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  10. @foong,
    definitely lesser tourist on weekdays. Anyway, they are mostly concentrated at the temple area and not so much elsewhere.

    Yeah, many shops around. The most touristy is of course the Nakamise Dori, but there are plenty more interesting shops nearby if you care to venture a bit.

    The amusement park is still functioning.

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  11. You have some great photos. We stayed in a hostel right behind Hanayashiki last spring. Our room looked out over the park. I was surprised that it wasn't very noisy at all. Asakusa was a nice place to visit. I wish we could have spent a little more time there!

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  12. @Kara,
    Yes, it is indeed.
    Will you be visiting Asakusa (and Tokyo) again during your trip?

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