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Tokyo's Historical Side: 10 Most Popular Spots in Asakusa (October 2019 Ranking)

Tokyo's Historical Side: 10 Most Popular Spots in Asakusa (October 2019 Ranking)

Date published: 10 November 2019
Last updated: 14 November 2019

These are the top recommendations for Asakusa, with travel tips and more, according to LIVE JAPAN, a top-class travel website for visitors to Japan. Our ranking is based on the most popular pages viewed by foreign visitors in a given category.

For instance, Senso-ji Temple, Studio Nanairo Asakusa, Asakusa Kimono Rental『DAIKICHI』 and other related spots will be listed. Be sure to check them out during your visit to Asakusa!

1.Senso-ji Temple

1.Senso-ji Temple

After passing the Kaminarimon Gate with the huge paper lantern, the symbol of Asakusa, you can enjoy food hopping and souvenir shopping, there is Nakamise street, which, leads up to the temple grounds. Founded in 628 AD, Senso-ji Temple is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the metropolis. It is surely a must-visit spot when you visit Japan.

Asakusa Kannon, the main object of worship, is said to grant material benefits to the worshipers. The temple grounds are constantly filled with people seeking such benefits, and the number of annual visitors is 30 million, including overseas visitors. The five-storied pagoda and the giant waraji straw sandal said to ward off demons placed at the Hozomon Gate are some of the draws of this temple.

On Nakamise Street, events such as the Chinese Lantern Plant Fair and the Hagoita-ichi Battledore Fair are held, and you can experience Edo period scenery (1603-1868). It is a five-minute walk from Asakusa Station on various railway lines such as the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and the Tobu Isesaki Line.

  • Senso-ji Temple
    • Address 2-3-1, Asakusa, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 111-0032
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    • Nearest Station Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line / Tobu Isesaki Line (Tobu Sky Tree Line) / Tsukuba Express)
      5 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3842-0181

2.Studio Nanairo Asakusa

2.Studio Nanairo Asakusa

Conveniently located only a three-minute walk from Asakusa Station (subway/Tobu lines), Studio Nana-iro is a “transformational photo studio” right next door to Asakusa’s famous Kaminarimon gate. It can be found in an 8-storey building easily recognizable owing to its scarlet pillars. One of the largest of its kind in the capital, the whole building is set aside for the studio’s photography and transformational experiences. Come delight in a wonderful opportunity to transform yourself into an oiran (courtesan), maiko (apprentice geisha), geisha or samurai and meet a brand-new you.

*The reception staff provide service in English (and Chinese, too), so overseas customers can visit without worry.
*There are more than 200 costumes (both kimono and dresses) in stock. In particular, the elegant and colorful wedding kimono are popular among both Japanese and overseas customers.
*A professional hair stylist will bring out the very best of your charms.
*A professional photographer will capture a perfect moment at one of four different photo studios.
*The studio is partnered with and offers coupons for a number of neighboring Asakusa enterprises, including rickshaw services, restaurants, and cake shops. There are also events held to provide customers with a wonderful experience while visiting the Asakusa area.

  • Studio Nanairo Asakusa
    Studio Nanairo Asakusa
    浅草変身写真館 スタジオ七色
    • Address 2-17-8 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0034
    • Nearest Station Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line / Tobu Isesaki Line (Tobu Sky Tree Line) / Tsukuba Express)
      3 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3843-7716

3.Asakusa Kimono Rental『DAIKICHI』

3.Asakusa Kimono Rental『DAIKICHI』

Here are the 8 top reasons to visit DAIKICHI:
1) They offer the most reasonably priced rental rates in the Asakusa area! Men's and women's kimonos and yukatas can be rented for as little as 1880 JPY!
2) They welcome walk-ins and large parties, and we are open all year round, Just bring yourself!
3) They are conveniently located just a minute's walk from Asakusa Station and the Asakusa Senso-ji temple (Kaminarimon gate)!
4) They have English and Chinese-speaking staff, so we can look after you in English and Chinese!
5) A professional photographer will take a photo of you in the studio located in our store for free (we also have lots of photo props ready).
6) If the weather is bad on the day of your reservation making going outside difficult, you can switch to our photo course!
7) All family members are welcome (We can handle children who are 80cm or taller and adults up to L size)
8) Of course we can help with your graduation photos and shichi-go-san celebration!

*Please note that business hours change according to the season.
Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from November to March
9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from April to October (Open year-round)

4.Phiten Asakusa Store

4.Phiten Asakusa Store

All Phiten products represent the company’s uncompromising search for health, as encapsulated in the slogan, “Everything we do, we do for your health.”

The store carries an extensive selection of products addressing the diverse needs of customers, including sports, wellness, and beauty products; RAKUWA series ; supporters; and items from apparel companies.

Phiten Asakusa Store is conveniently located near the station. There is one section in the store devoted to body-care products. The store features a hyperbaric chamber, which delivers extra oxygen to your body. The store also offers various accessories, such as bracelets and necklaces. Body care products, such as supporters and titanium tapes, are popular.

Please stop by for a moment of relaxation while you are sightseeing in Asakusa. International visitors can enjoy a tax-free shopping experience. Product descriptions are available in seven languages via a device set up in the store.

  • Phiten Asakusa Store
    Phiten Asakusa Store
    ファイテンショップ 浅草店
    • Address Aqua Terrass Ull 1F, 2-20-3 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0034
    • Nearest Station Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line / Tobu Isesaki Line (Tobu Sky Tree Line) / Tsukuba Express)
    • Phone Number 03-5246-6563

5.Tokyo Japan Fishing

5.Tokyo Japan Fishing

The pier is near Asakusa and Tsukiji Fish Market. Both are a 2-minute walk from the nearest station. Easy access! Fishing is a fun activity in Tokyo!Head for the fishing sites enjoying close-up views of famous Tokyo sites such as Skytree and Tsukiji.

Boats are private rentals so you can board at the time you desire as well as select a course. One fish that is targeted in particular is Japanese sea bass.

The boats primarily fish with lures and avoid bait, so no need to worry about the smell. Many overseas visitors join us year-round. They also rent out a complete set of fishing equipment so there is no need to bring anything! The boats are limited to a maximum of four customers, but they do have toilets! Beginners welcome.

Please enquire about your preferred date and time using the email address on our website, or by sending message through one of our social media channels.
Home page: https://tokyo-japan-fishing.com/

  • Tokyo Japan Fishing
    Tokyo Japan Fishing
    Tokyo Japan Fishing
    • Address 1-23 Azumabashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 130-0001
    • Nearest Station Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line / Tobu Isesaki Line (Tobu Sky Tree Line) / Tsukuba Express)
      3 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 080-5389-8951

6.Asakusa EKIMISE

6.Asakusa EKIMISE

Directly connected to Asakusa Station so you don’t need to worry about getting wet in the rain, Asakusa Ekimise has over 150 shops. Matsuya Asakusa (B1, 1F, 3F) provides products like pre-made Japanese and Western meals, Japanese side dishes, Western and Japanese style confectioneries, and women’s clothing.

The Ekimise section extends from the 4th to the 7th floor and includes fashion items, miscellaneous goods and accessories, and traditional Japanese items and apparel. The 6th floor is home to the tax-free electric appliances shop Nojima, and on the 7th floor you’ll find the restaurant area where you can dine on Japanese dishes like sushi and udon noodles and items from Chinese and Corian cuisine.

From the rooftop Halle Terrace, take in the view of the Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest stand-alone communications tower. The view of the city at night here comes highly recommended. This is a complex where customers the world over can enjoy shopping thanks to the telephone interpretation service and Tobu Free Wi-Fi (7F only).

* Telephone interpretation service available

  • Asakusa EKIMISE
    Asakusa EKIMISE
    • Address 1-4-1 Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0033
    • Nearest Station Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line / Tobu Isesaki Line (Tobu Sky Tree Line) / Tsukuba Express)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-6802-8633

7.Asakusa Armor Experience Samurai Ai

7.Asakusa Armor Experience Samurai Ai

We recommend this shop for groups of guys on tour, but they're also located near a kimono rental shop, Asakusa Aiwafuku, which makes it a great area for couples, groups of friends, and families.

Customers can choose the type of armor from 'Black Samurai' or 'Sanada Yukimura' (red).
For the helmet, choose Date Masamune, Katakura Kojiro, Oda Nobunaga, Date Masamune, Kuroda Nagamasa, or Sanada Yukimura.

There are other shops offering experiences to try on samurai armor, but what differentiates our shop is:
1. Reasonable pricing at 4980 yen (without tax)!
2. You can enjoy a photo shoot and wear the armor for a walk around the area!

8.Kimono Rental「Asakusa Aiwafuku」

8.Kimono Rental「Asakusa Aiwafuku」

<About Asakusa Aiwafuku>

1. A reliable shop ran by the owner who has 40 years of experience in the kimono industry.

2. A highly-popular shop with over 50,000 customers annually.

3. A receiver of the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor trusted throughout the world. (as of Apr. 2018)

<7 Reasons to Choose Asakusa Aiwafuku>

1. Choose any kimono (or yukata (informal cotton kimono)) for the same flat price (800 brand-name kimono available)

2. Full hairstyling by a professional hairdresser is included in the price (with as many hair ornaments as you like).

3. Rental of 3 types of cute accessories − hair ornaments, an obijime decorative sash string, and an embroidered kimono collar piece − are included in the price.

4. Real kimono experience provided by professional kimono dressers

5. We can store large travel luggage and baby strollers free of charge.

6. English, Taiwanese, and Chinese-speaking staff are always available.

7. 3 min from the station. 4 min to Senso-ji Temple. Conveniently located at 1-min walk from Sumida Park for strolling.

9.Kappabashi Street

9.Kappabashi Street

Kappabashi Dogu Gai or the Kappa-bashi Cooking Tools District is a shopping district that stretches around 800 meters from north to south between the Asakusa and Ueno areas. It originated from the merchant stalls trading secondhand tools on both sides of the Shinbori-gawa River in the early Taisho era (1912-1926).

Around the same time as the reconstruction efforts were being made following the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, food-related stores began gathering around the Kappa-bashi area, particularly those selling confectionery tools. The area developed into a specialized shopping district where stores in various industries that meet the needs of the time for the food and drink industry are gathered.

Currently, around 170 stores in a variety of fields are operating. From cooking tools and tableware to kitchen equipment and baking supplies, many tools are being sold. In the center of the shopping district, a gold-leafed bronze “Kawataro the kappa” (the literal translation of kappa is a river boy, an imaginary figure in folklore) statue looks up at the sky and prays for a thriving business. The district is a five-minute walk from the Tawaramachi Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or a six-minute walk from the Iriya Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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