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Asakusa is a thrilling blend of exotic tradition and ultra-modernity. It’s a must-see for visitors looking to experience the Tokyo of years gone by. The history of the exquisite Sensō-ji temple stretches all the way back to the 7th century, while the temple grounds play host to spectacularly colourful annual events like the Hozuki-ichi, or ground cherry fair. But this being Tokyo, Asakusa’s tranquil shrines sit side-by-side with gleaming skyscrapers, while the streets throng with hordes of enthralled visitors.

Things to see

Asakusa’s star attractions is undoubtedly Sensō-ji, Tokyo’s oldest and most spectacular temple. The imposing Kaminarimon, or Thunder Gate, with its enormous bright red lantern, is one of the city’s most iconic sights. The ornate, beautifully reconstructed main hall sits alongside a mesmerising 5-storied pagoda, while the approach to the complex is lined with bustling stalls selling colourful trinkets. After you’ve taken it all in, head to the riverside Sumida Park for a rejuvenating stroll. If you’re lucky enough to visit in spring, you may be greeted by the glorious sight of hundreds of cherry blossom trees in full bloom. Hanayashiki amusement park is an absolute must for the young, and young at heart. Reputedly Japan’s oldest amusement park, it’s bursting at the seams with thrilling retro attractions, including a Ferris wheel, a rattling steel-track rollercoaster, and the iconic Bee Tower, which elevates riders to a height of 45 metres, offering glorious views of Asakusa and beyond.

Hotels in Asakusa

There’s a good range of hotels in Asakusa, many of which offer unbeatable value for money. The neighbourhood is a haven for backpackers and budget travellers, with some of Tokyo’s most popular guest houses and hostels – you can expect clean and cosy dorms, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and home comforts like free WiFi and self-catering facilities. If you have a little more money to spend, you’ll also find mid-range options, boasting appealing amenities like flat-screen TVs, free toiletries, and irresistible hotel buffets.

Where to stay

Asakusa offers easy access to all the neon-soaked excitement of central Tokyo, whilst delivering a more relaxed and authentically Japanese experience than other popular districts. The neighbourhood is packed with charming, family-run restaurants, where you can slurp down home-made udon noodles served in comforting miso broth, or wash down freshly-fried tempura with an ice-cold beer. Asakusa was once Tokyo’s most raucous and racy nightlife district. Today it’s an altogether more sedate affair, but you’ll still find an abundance of laid-back bars, traditional Japanese theatres and mesmerising Geisha shows.

How to get to Asakusa

If you’re travelling to Tokyo by air, you’ll land at either Narita International Airport or Haneda Airport. Haneda is the more convenient of the two – from here you can reach Asakusa in about 35 minutes by train, on the Keikyu-Kuko Line. By taxi, the journey should take 25 – 35 minutes, depending on traffic. If you’re travelling from Narita, the train is your quickest and cheapest option – the Narita Sky Access line will take you direct to Asakusa station in under an hour. Alternatively you could take a taxi or limousine bus, but this may take up to 90 minutes.

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