- October 08 2015
A half day sightseeing model course in Asakusa ~ the classical No.1 tourist spot~ Part 1
When you say a famous tourist spot in Tokyo, it’s definitely Asakusa (浅草) will come in to your mind first.
The oldest temple in Tokyo “Sensoji (浅草寺)”, famous souvenir street “Nakamisedori (仲見世通り)”, the great impression of gigantic red lantern Kaminarimon （雷門）, a lot of gourmet restaurants and river cruise… there are plenty things to do and see in Asakusa!
Today, I’d like to show you an efficient way to see Asakusa!
1) Take the subway Ginza line to Aasakusa station then get out at No.1 exit.
Fist, take the subway Ginza line and try to find the No.1 exit at Asakusa station. Ginza line starts from Shibuya bound for Asakusa. It’s about 30 minutes, really easy and handy.
2) In a minute walk then you’ll get to Kaminarimon(雷門). Take a picture here!
There are so many people gathering in front of Kaminarimon, so be patient to take a picture and wait until your turn comes.
Did you know this Kaminarimon was burnt down by the fire in 1865? After then in 1960, Kounosuke Matsushita, who is the founder of Matsushita Denki known as an electric company “Panasonic”, contributed to build a new gate. Since then, Panasonic is in charge of its maintenance every 10 years. This “松下電器(Matsushitadenki)” is the former company name of Panasonic.
The founder of Panasonic Konosuke Matsushita was a great man who made his company big in such a short term, so he was called “a god of management”. He was not only into his business but also gave a lot of influence to a Japanese culture and politics as well.
3) Let’s get some souvenirs at Nakamisedori
After passing through the Kaminarimon, this is the street Nakamisedori. Nakamisedori is a shopping street with plenty of Japanese souvenirs and some casual restaurants.
I recommend here the place you can eat Matcha (powderded green tea) and Odango (sweet dumplings).
Normally Matcha is quite bitter but here you’ll get a sweeten Maccha so it was quite easy to drink.
4) Sushi and Kimono at Shinnakamise dori
Nakamisedori is the large main street its leads to Sensoji (浅草寺) from Kaminarimon. Did you know there are a lot more little streets crossing Nakamisedori and more shops widely spread along? If you have time, I really recommend exploring around.
Today, I’d like to show you Shin-Nakamisedori (新仲見世通り) the street crossing in the middle of Nakamisedori
I’d like to recommend recycled Kimono shop”Tansuya”. This is the place where you can buy reasonable Kimono and Yukata (summer kimono). You can actually rent a Kimono there as well. It sounds really cool strolling around Asakusa wearing Kimono right?
At the back of Tansuya, there is a sushi train restaurant call Hinatomaru(日向丸）. This sushi restaurant has a good reputation among Japanese as they have fresh ingredients and the price is reasonable.
Now let’s continue the story on Part 2 “A half day sightseeing model course in Asakusa ~ the classical No.1 tourist spot~”
We’re going to visit Sensoji(浅草寺).