Asakusa is the area located about 1-2 km east of Ueno station. And
Sumida River flows east of the area.
It is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Tokyo, then many tourists from home and abroad visit here almost daily.
Originally Asakusa has developed as the town of Sensoji temple. And
since the late 19th century many playhouses and comedy houses had
opened in this area.
So here became the entertainment district in Tokyo.
The Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and the World War II had damaged this town, but here had recovered strongly on each occasion.
Since 1960s, new downtowns such as Shinjuku and Shibuya has developed, so Asakusa has become an sightseeing town with the atmosphere of old Edo city.
The main sightseeing spot is Sensoji temple, and there are some spots
Asakusa-Hanayashiki is a small and old amusement park, and it is said that originally it was opeened in 1853.
ROX is the only commercial complex in Asakusa area.
Along Sumida River, there is Sumida Park and it is one of major cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo.
is the gate leading to Sensoji temple, and is located about 400
meters south of the main hall of the temple. A big red chochin
(Japanese paper lantern) with "Kaminarimon" in kanji character is
hung in the center of the gate.
In the right side of the gate, a statue of "God of Wind" stands.
And in the left side of the gate, a statue of "God of Thunder" stands.
This gate was rebuilt in 1960.
is the approach between Kaminarimon and Sensoji temple, and the length
is about 250
Nearly 90 small shops are lined on both sides of the street.
These shops sell souvenirs, toys, confectionery and other Japanese cultural goods.
is a Buddhist temple in the center of Asakusa area.
In 628, fisher's brothers found a small statue of the Goddess of Kannon in their fishing net at fish catching in Sumida River. And their boss changed his residence to a temple and he enshrined the statue there. Sensoji is said to originate from that.
In the precincts, there are some buildings.
These former buildings were built in the 17th century, but all of them had destroyed by Great Tokyo Air Raids (March 10th, 1945). So they had been rebuilt after the war.
Ryokan : Small residential architect designers house becomes
Only three rooms make you feel like you are at home in downtown Tokyo Asakusa.
Taito Ryokan : Traditional Japanese style house for travelers.
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