Tokyo - Asakusa (Day 1)

March 06, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Sorry Everyone, It has been a long time since I have had a chance to update this blog.

I thought I would take the opportunity to change things up a little now that I am back. Today I would like to do a little travel blogging about my most recent trip to Japan. 

Crossing from Tokyo StationCrossing from Tokyo Station

For the first leg of my trip I decided to stay in Asakusa which is located in the Taito district of Tokyo. Asakusa is a very old part of Tokyo and for centuries was known as the entertainment district of Tokyo. Asakusa is a major tourist destination and on the top of most people's list is Sensoji. Sensoji's history dates all the way back to the 7th century. It is easy to feel the rich history and tradition while exploring the rather large temple area.

After my flight arrived in Narita I took a bus to Tokyo station and the caught a taxi to check in at my Hotel in Asakusa.  One thing about Japan is service is always King even with my lack of Japanese language skills the process went very smoothly.

Hozomon Gate of Sensoji at NightHozomon Gate of Sensoji at Night

I am not one to sit in a Hotel room for long so I dropped my bags off and grabbed my camera ready to explore my temporary home for the next 5 days. Being a tourist area Asakusa if full of places to dine and things to see and do even late into the evening.

My first stop was Sensoji. This was my second visit to the great and colorful temple and I was no less impressed this time than my first time. I found it even more beautiful at night than in the day.

Tokyo Sky Tree and the Ashahi Beer Hall at nightTokyo Sky Tree and the Ashahi Beer Hall at night

After exploring the temple and area I made way along the Sumida River which is a short 5 minute walk from Sensoji. Sumida River offers beautiful views of several great Tokyo landmarks including the Asahi Beer Factory and Tokyo Sky tree. A wonderful park runs along both sides of the River and is very popular among locals and tourists alike. I will add more about Sumida River in my Day 2 update coming soon.

Late night in AsakusaLate night in Asakusa

After exploring some side streets and buying some snacks I called it a day. I wanted to get a good night sleep in anticipation for a busy Day 2. To see a lot more of Asakusa check out my Asakusa photo collection http://kfrates.zenfolio.com/p678304499


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