You did it! You got through your 10+ hour flight, navigated the trains, waded through the crowds, and finally made it to the world-famous Sensō-ji Shrine in Asakusa. You navigated past the Thunder Gate, down Nakamise-Dori, and finally through the Hōzomon Gate to the shrine proper. You impressed your hosts and friends by doing all of the right things (which you knew how to do because you read our How-To Visit a Shinto Shrine article, right?), and maybe did a little bit of shopping on the way.
But now what? If this is your first trip, it’s likely that just finding Sensō-ji Shrine took longer than the actual visit. So now you are in Asakusa, wondering what to do next.
No problem! Here at EnableJapan.com, we collected our Top 5 Spots in Asakusa (other than the shrine)!
5. Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center
What’s Here? Asakusa’s Tourist Information Center is the place to go for information in English (and many other languages). There are always volunteers ready to help you find souvenirs, restaurants, and sightseeing spots. They can also help you access the Taito Free Wi-Fi available throughout the Asakusa area (or you could get connected ahead of time with our handy guide to Phone and Wi-Fi services in Tokyo). The Tourist Center is easy to find, being right across the street from the Sensō-ji Shrine’s Thunder Gate.
Hours of Operation: open daily 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
4. Float Down the Sumida River with Tokyo Cruise
What’s Here? Take a trip down the Sumida River in a spacecraft boat from the future! Visit the Odaiba shopping area or just take in the view of the skyline. Multiple routes and English audio guides available.
Hours of Operation: varies; see their “Flight Status” page for details
3. Kitchen Town Kappabashi Street
What’s Here? The shops of Kitchen Town are devoted to supplying equipment, utensils, and other items required to run a restaurant. If you visited a restaurant in Tokyo and saw the cook use a peculiar gadget you’d like to have in your home, chances are you can find it here. And if it’s a high-quality kitchen knife that you’re after, you can’t do better than the famous Kamata Kappabashi knife store on the main street.
Another peculiarity of Japanese restaurants (at least to foreigners) is the “replica food” model stores. The plastic food samples you see in the restaurant windows? In Kitchen Town, you can buy the kits to make everything from burgers and fries to soba and beer. Creating replica food samples has expanded from restaurant displays to people who make them as a hobby.
Hours of Operation: varies by store, but most are open daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
2. Asakusa Hanayashiki Amusement Park
What’s Here? The oldest amusement park in Japan, perfect for a few hours with the kids. the highlight of the park is the Ninja Training Experience in the on-site ninja dojo. Don’t play it off on me–you’re going, and you’re going to get the T-shirt. OR IT’S THE DIM MAK FOR YOU!
Hours of Operation: open daily 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Hours of Operation: Weekdays 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Weekends 11:00 am – 8:00 pm. No reservation required.
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