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Asakusa Walkaround. Sensoji Temple, Nakamise Street & Asakusa Culture and Tourism Information Center

November 2018
Right after lunch at Coco Curry House, we headed for Asakusa to enable us to return to our hotel early to avoid the evening rush hours.Taking the Hibiya Line from Akihabara, we needed to change to the Ginza line at Ueno station. Being a first timer, the change at Ueno was a little confusing and involves a fair bit of walking and direction seeking to get to the correct platform for Asakusa.

Asakusa

One of the platform we waited for our train but couldn’t recall which station.

Asakusa station.

Elevator Exit 3 of Asakusa station is 3.4 meters above sea level.

Asakusa

The inter-section of Kaminarimon Street facing Tokyo Skytree.

At Asakusa station, take exit 3 for the elevator and you’ll come out on the same side of the street that will take you to the Sansoji Temple. Taking a right and a 100 meters walk will take you to the Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) with that big red lantern. This is the first of two large entrance gates leading to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s most famous and popular temple.

Sansoji Temple

Kaminari Gate, the first of two large entrance gates leading to Sensoji Temple,

Nakamise Street
Past this gate you’ll be in the Nakamise shopping street, the oldest shopping street in Japan. It stretches over 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the main grounds of Sensoji Temple. It is lined with many shops which caters for local specialties and an array of tourist souvenirs. Choice of souvenirs depends on your liking but prices isn’t cheap. A few T-shirts and a number of small souvenirs will rapidly escalate to more than ¥10,000

Nakamise street

Nakamise shopping street just after the Kaminari Gate. The second of the large entrance gate to the temple is in the background.

Nakamise street

The crowd of visitors at Nakamise shopping street. In the background is Asakusa Culture and Tourism Information Center building .

One of the stores at Nakamise selling samurai swords.

Sensoji Temple
Sensoji (‘ji’ means temple) is Tokyo’s most popular temple visitors come to. Although the current buildings you see now are postwar reconstructions, the original buildings were built in the 7th century. It is the oldest of all Buddhist temple in Tokyo and also comprises of a five storey pagoda within it’s compound.

Sansoji Temple

Hozomon gate, the second of the large entrance gate to Sensoji temple.

Sansoji Temple

Another big lantern at Hozomon gate.

Sansoji Temple

A close-up of the lantern.

Sansoji Temple

The five storey 53.32 meters pagoda of Sensoji.

Sansoji Temple

After the Hozoman gate is the main hall where prayers are held.

Sansoji Temple

Lanterns with writings hang on bamboo poles.

Sensoji Temple

Useful map of Sensoji Temple complex.

Asakusa Culture and Tourism Information Center
The Asakusa Culture and Tourism Information Center is a distinctive seven storey building in Asakusa. It is located directly opposite the Kaminari Gate of Senso-ji Temple. The building features an observation deck on 8F with an observatory terrace with nice views of the area surrounding Sensoji Temple, Nakamise Street, Asahi (Gold building) and Tokyo Skytree.

Access to the observation deck is free to all visitors. You go up by elevators but expect queue as one would, for anything that’s free. What would usually be a desperate battle against the crowds at Nakamise Street or Sensoji to get a perfect photo, from the terrace it’s non-issue as nobody will be obstructing your view here. There are also seating areas with benches for you to rest after a long walk around Asakusa.

Asakusa Culture and Tourism Information Center

The unique design of Asakusa Culture and Tourism Information Center.

Asakusa Culture and Tourism Information Center

Proceeding straight from the elevator and looking down you’ll get a full view from Kaminari Gate to Sensoji temple and in between.

To your right is the Tokyo Skytree and the golden building of Asahi.

Asakusa Culture and Tourism Information Center

Tokyo Skytree, Asahi building and part of Sumida river.