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Follow the footsteps of centuries of worshippers along a street filled with traditional snack stalls and through the gates of one of Tokyo’s most popular temples.

Asakusa’s gentle charm contrasts against the typically hectic atmosphere of modern Tokyo. Many of the buildings you’ll see here are post-World War II reconstructions; however, this district’s long history is still evident in its old-world pace. Visit the temple Sensō-ji, one of Asakusa’s most famous attractions, known for its distinctive red coloring and status as Tokyo’s oldest temple.

During the Edo Period, this area was considered to be outside Tokyo’s city limits, making it an ideal setting for a red light district. Note that after spending decades as one of Tokyo’s most popular entertainment areas, much of the original Asakusa was destroyed during World War II.

The traditional route to Sensō-ji is via Nakamise Street, an attraction in itself. Enter Nakamise Street through the imposing Kaminarimon, or “Thunder Gate,” notable for its enormous red paper lantern. Vendors on this famous shopping street have sold snacks and souvenirs to temple visitors for centuries. Here, find folding fans, yukata robes and other traditional souvenirs.

Sensō-ji, dedicated to the bodhisattva of compassion, attracts more than 30 million visitors annually. Visit in the early morning to enjoy this spectacular temple without the distraction of crowds. The Buddhist temple is also quieter in the evening and looks particularly lovely when lit up after dark.

While you’re in Asakusa, sample Tokyo street food. Nakamise Street is famous for its ningyo-yaki, fried sponge cakes filled with red bean paste. Although these snacks are prepared all over Japan, on Nakamise Street they’re made in the shapes of well-known Asakusa attractions.

Save time to stroll through tranquil Sumida Park, which offers gorgeous views of the famous Tokyo Skytree across the Sumida River. Head to Asakusa Pier and take a sightseeing cruise down the river. The popular route that runs between Asakusa and Odaiba offers a beautiful perspective of the city.

Asakusa is easy to reach by both metro and train lines. Visit any time of day, but expect many shops to begin closing around dusk. Sensō-ji is open year-round and admission is free.

Top hotels in Asakusa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
3.5 out of 5
2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
SG$109
per night
5 Jan-6 Jan

Located in Asakusa, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Ueno Park, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Dome. Tokyo Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (2,190 reviews)

"Great breakfast buffet, excellent service, very affordable price. Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov,2019

Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
nine hours Asakusa
nine hours Asakusa
2.5 out of 5
2-6-15 Asakusa, Tokyo, Tokyo
SG$57
per night
9 Dec-10 Dec

Located in Asakusa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Sensō-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. Ueno Park and Tokyo National Science ...

4.2/5Very Good! (414 reviews)

"We got there and we were received very well. Hotel is tight next to the train station and also had great customer service. Good breakfast and great price will come again thankyou"…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec,2019

nine hours Asakusa
Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Springs
Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Springs
3 out of 5
2-7-20, Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Tokyo
SG$128
per night
9 Dec-10 Dec

Located in Asakusa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Sensō-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. Ueno Park and Tokyo National Science ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (40 reviews)

"Quiet but very close to major sites.wonderful onsen"…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov,2019

Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Springs
HOTEL WBF TOKYO ASAKUSA
HOTEL WBF TOKYO ASAKUSA
3 out of 5
2-27-10, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
SG$72
per night
5 Jan-6 Jan

Located in Asakusa, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Asakusa Shrine and Sensō-ji Temple. Tokyo Sky Tree and Ueno Park are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (294 reviews)

"I loved that the staff greeted me with warm and genuine smiles from the first moment I walked in after the journey from hell and through torrential rain in Tokyo. The room was pleasant and cleaned on a daily basis. The housekeeping staff are to be commended for their thoroughness and diligence, always ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Nov,2019

HOTEL WBF TOKYO ASAKUSA
Red Planet Tokyo Asakusa
Red Planet Tokyo Asakusa
3 out of 5
1-11-6 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
SG$76
per night
9 Dec-10 Dec

Located in Asakusa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kaminarimon, Sensō-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. Ueno Park and Tokyo National Science Museum are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,229 reviews)

"Rooms are really small. But the hotel is really close to Asakusa."…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov,2019

Red Planet Tokyo Asakusa
Richmond Hotel Asakusa
Richmond Hotel Asakusa
3 out of 5
2-7-10 Asakusa, Tokyo, Tokyo
SG$94
per night
9 Dec-10 Dec

Located in Asakusa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Sensō-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. Ueno Park and Tokyo National Science ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (21 reviews)

"Helpful staffs, cleanliness and modern facilities."…"

Reviewed on 2 Nov,2019

Richmond Hotel Asakusa

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Sensō-ji Temple
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Asakusa Shrine
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Tokyo Afternoon Tour
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Tokyo Afternoon Tour

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Explore Tokyo’s historical landmarks, impressive views, and magnificent imperial residence on an afternoon tour. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view (2019)from the World Trade Center Building, marvel at the Imperial Palace Plaza, (2020)from Tokyo Tower, observe traditional Buddhist structures at Senso-ji, and cruise along the Sumida River.

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Asakusa Street-food and Cultural Walking Tour Experience

SG$96

Let’s discover the history and traditions of the old town in Tokyo, Asakusa with a local guide! You shouldn't finish your trip to Asakusa with just passing through the main street and taking photos of the famous landmarks.

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Traditional Woodblock Printing Workshop in Asakusa
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Traditional Woodblock Printing Workshop in Asakusa

SG$30

Get hands-on experience with an iconic Japanese art form during this woodblock printing workshop. Learn the steps that go into making these beautiful prints, from carving the blocks to choosing pigments, and make a print for yourself under the guidance of friendly and helpful instructors.

Sumo Wrestling Demonstration with Lunch
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Sumo Wrestling Demonstration with Lunch

SG$125

Discover the age-old rituals surrounding the ancient art of sumo wrestling. Watch a powerful Sumo performance as you learn about this ceremonial sport, which dates back over 2,000 years.

5 hour tour in Tokyo with Maru
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5 hour tour in Tokyo with Maru

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Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Senso-ji Temple, 2-3-1, Asakusa, Taito 111-0032 Tokyo Prefecture We visit the oldest temple in Tokyo and learn Japanese tradition. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Meiji Jingu Shrine, 1-1 Y

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