Asakusa, a Little Bit of Everything

We just got back home from an amazing trip to Japan. I had a fairly large list of sites to see, but I’m a sucker for old and authentic so when I read about Asakusa, which was the center of Tokyo’s “low city”, it went to the top of my list. I found Asakusa to be more touristy than I’d hoped, but with the narrow alleyways and low slung lanterns you can get a feel for what Old Tokyo might have looked like. The area offers a little bit of everything.  There are young men pulling rickshaws, both girls and guys wearing kimono, plenty of souvenir shops, as well as the main draw Senso-ji Temple.DSC_9290DSC_9286

Some seriously funky ice cream flavors. 🙂  DSC_9257DSC_9354DSC_9284DSC_9344DSC_9275DSC_9291

Senso-ji Temple

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The artwork on the ceiling of the main temple was so beautiful.DSC_9316DSC_9341

After we’d gotten our culture fix we switched gears, walked about 20 minutes, and took in some of Tokyo’s modern sites.  We headed down the road towards Skytree Tower.DSC_9355

We crossed the Sumida River where you get a great view of not only the Skytree Tower but also the Asahi Beer Tower.  Skytree tower reaches a dizzying 634m high making it the tallest freestanding broadcasting tower in the world.  Visitors can go up to the 350m Tembo Deck or do both and also go to the 450m Tembo Galleria.  DSC_9380

We were traveling as a family which includes my two young boys.  My boys aren’t all that interested in temple’s but Asakusa plus the Skytree Tower made for a fun compact half day of sightseeing.

Directions:  Make your way to Asakusa Station and go out exit 1.

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