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Tokyo Trip – Asakusa 浅草

Asakusa Tokyo Japan

Asakusa (浅草) is a district in Taitō, Tokyo, Japan, most famous for the Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple. The attractions here includes the Kaminarimon (the gate with the big red lantern), Sensoji Temple, Nakamise Street, Denpoin Street, Azuma Bridge and some shotengai – and Tokyo Sky Tree is located around the area as well.

*This post was previously posted back in year 2014. When I did some websites updates earlier, a lot of my pictures hosted on my server has been deleted due to some bugs – so I decided to reupload this post with some Asakusa photos taken from year 2015 instead ^^;

Getting to Asakusa is easy – just get off at the Asakusa station. After that start heading to Kaminarimon, which the gate leading to the Sensoji temple. Kaminarimon is marked at the google map below.

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Jinrikisha (pulled rickshaw) service with pricing. I heard that you can rent a jinrikisha for a wedding but for roughly 10 times the price of a regular tour around the Asakusa.

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At Kaminarimon gates, the giant red lantern gets an overhaul done by Panasonic every once in a while. Under the latern you’ll see wooden carved dragons.

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^Walk past the gates, you’ll see tons of shops In Nakamise street selling foods & souvenirs.

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^These are deep-fired manju (buns) with different fillings.

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Very interesting-looking masks at sale here.

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Wide variety of japanese snacks. I have a sweeth tooth so I guess I kinda prefer the ones on the top row?

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More stalls selling fried manju. I did tried out the green tea flavored ones – nom nom nom.

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Sensoji temple – I have visited this place for several times over the past few years, it’s always filled with many tourists (particularly foreign tourists).

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The smoke from the incense is said to bring good luck. So many folks are waving as much of the smoke towards themselves.

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People come here to purify themselves with the water before entering the main shrine.

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These wooden plagues are called Ema, which people would wrote their wishes on and hang them up at the shrine. You can get these Ema by buying them from a counter nearby (forgot how much it would cost though :P )

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Very pretty paper cranes. In Japan, there is a believe that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the Gods.

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Someone drew a character art of Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist on their Ema. I think it’s not unusual to see people are drawing stuffs on Ema these days.

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Folks getting interviewed by NHK TV station to get their opinion on some local desserts. Nom nom nom.

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I have been traveling in west Japan (Kansai) recently and I’m still finding time to upload those photos (getting too busy with game development work these days >< ). At the meantime you can check out my other photo posts of Japan in the Travel category here.

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