Best of Asakusa Walking Tour, Tokyo

The Asakusa district in Tokyo is famous for the Senso-ji temple and is one of the few places in Tokyo that retains the old world charm. The temple markets, narrow streets, traditional shops and restaurants provide a glimpse of old Tokyo. It is also known as Tokyo's oldest geisha district. Take a walking tour and live the carnival atmosphere that pervades this place.
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Best of Asakusa Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Best of Asakusa Walking Tour
Guide Location: Japan » Tokyo (See other walking tours in Tokyo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Author: ann
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Kaminarimon Gate

1) Kaminarimon Gate (must see)

The Kaminarimon is the first of the ornate gates that lead to the Senso Ji Buddhist temple in Asakusa, Tokyo. The word Kaminarimon translates as "Thunder Gate".

The Kaminarimon was constructed over a thousand years ago by Taira no Kinmasa during the Samurai period in 942. It was relocated to the present location in 1635. It burned down in 1639 and was constructed again by the shogun lord Tokugawa Iemitsu. The present structure was renovated in 1960.

The Kaminarimon is 11.7...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Nakamise Shopping Street

2) Nakamise Shopping Street (must see)

Nakamise-dori is a shopping street that leads from the Kaminarimon Gate to the Senso-ji temple in Asakusa, Tokyo. The shopping street is popular with both locals visiting the temple and tourists looking for souvenirs.

The Nakamise-dori was established in 1685. The 12 subsidiary temples that lined both sides of the Senso-ji temple were allowed to put stalls in front selling souvenirs after promising local residents that the area would be maintained and kept clean by them. The name Nakamise...   view more
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Hōzōmon Gate

3) Hōzōmon Gate (must see)

The Hōzōmon is the inner gate that houses the treasures of the Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo. It has two floors and the temple treasures are stored on the upper floor.

The Hōzōmon was first built in 942 by the then military commander, Taira no Kinmasa. He prayed at the Senso-ji temple that he may become the Lord of Tokyo and built the gate in gratitude when he achieved his goal. The original gate was burned by a fire in 1631. The 3rd Tokugawa Shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu rebuilt the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Gojunoto

4) Gojunoto

The Gojunoto or Five storied pagoda forms part of the Senso Ji complex in Asakusa, Tokyo. It is the second highest in Japan, the highest being the pagoda of the Toji Temple of Kyoto.

The first Gojunoto pagoda was constructed in 942 by the military commander Taira No Kinmasa. The original pagoda was burned down and another was built in1650 by Tokugawa Lemitsu. It was destroyed by a major fire in 1816 and rebuilt in 1818. In 1911 it was designated as a national treasure. The pagoda was damaged...   view more
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Senso-ji Temple

5) Senso-ji Temple (must see)

The Senso-ji Temple, also known as the Asakusa Kannon temple, is the oldest and most popular among Buddhist temples in Tokyo. It is the most visited temple by tourists in Tokyo and is famous for the many colorful and vibrant festivals and events that take place all through the year.

According to legend, two fishermen Hinokuma Hamanari and his brother Takenari drew a golden statue of the Bodhisattva Kannon, the Goddess of mercy from the River Sumida. They tried putting it back into the river...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Asakusa Shrine

6) Asakusa Shrine (must see)

The Asakusa Shrine is located on the east side of the Senso-ji temple in Tokyo. It is a Shinto shrine that was built to honor the three men who built the Senso-ji Temple.

The Asakusa Shrine was built in 1649 by the Tokugawa Shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu. The Bodhisattva Kannon statue in the Senso-ji Temple appeared in the fishing net of two fishermen brothers, Hinokuma Hamanari and Hinokuma Takenari. Its significance was recognized by the headman of the Asakusa village, Hajino Nakatumo who...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Ichikawa Danjuro IX Statue

7) Ichikawa Danjuro IX Statue

Located on the grounds of the Senso-ji temple, the Ichikawa Danjuro IX Statue is dedicated to one of the most famous kabuki actors in Japan - Ichikawa Danjuro. He was the head of Kabuki-za theatre and the first kabuki actor to appear in a...   view more
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Hanayashiki

8) Hanayashiki

Hanayashiki is the oldest amusement park in Japan and has entertained hundreds of young visitors for over 146 years. It is a small facility that is packed with 20 interesting rides for children and adults.

The Hanayashiki was first opened as a flower park in 1853 when the commodore of the US Navy, Matthew Galbraith Perry visited Tokyo in the late Edo era. In 1872, play equipments were installed to entertain children. Western movies were shown in a small theater and a small zoo with exotic...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Tokyo, Japan

Create Your Own Walk in Tokyo

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Yasukuni Shrine Walking Tour

Yasukuni Shrine Walking Tour

Founded in 1869, this shinto shrine became known as "Yasukuni" only in 1879. Built to commemorate the soldiers who died for their country and emperor, the Shrine is located in Chiyoda District and covers the area of over 6 hectares. Within the Shrine there are numerous cultural and historic sites such as Japanese War Museum. Take this tour to learn more about Yasukuni.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Shibuya & Minato Nightlife

Shibuya & Minato Nightlife

An international hub and thriving cultural metropolis, Tokyo has much in store for those seeking a thrilling nightlife scene. Possessing anything from high-end nightclubs and chic lounges, to hipster hangouts and casual bars, this city has it all. Whether shopping in the trendy Ginza district or exploring the streets of the vibrant Shibuya district, a great nightspot is available for guests to let loose of their inhibitions and dance the night away. Be sure to check out all the unique locations found in the Tokyo Nightlife Tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Religious Sites Walking Tour in Takanawa

Religious Sites Walking Tour in Takanawa

Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines dot Japan’s landscape. These temples and shrines are an architectural splendor and many of these can be found in every part of Tokyo. This guide will take you to the smaller Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in the Takanawa neighborhood of Tokyo. Most often overlooked by tourists, these temples and shrines are a beauty and should not be missed.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Ueno Park Walking Tour

Ueno Park Walking Tour

The Ueno Park, next to the Ueno station is a public park that offers visitors a large number of attractions. The area is home to many of the famous attractions in Tokyo. They are the Ueno Zoo, major museums like the Tokyo National Museum, The National Science Museum and The National Museum of Western Art. This walking tour would provide you an insight into old Tokyo. The museums here preserve the history and the spirit of the city as it has grown through the ages in meticulous detail.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Tokyo Imperial Palace Walking Tour

Tokyo Imperial Palace Walking Tour

The Imperial Palace, residence of the Japanese Emperor was once the site of the Edo Castle in the 17th – 19th Century. Located in the heart of the city, it is a vast expanse of green and is surrounded by moats. The palace is open only for two days a year - January 1st and December 23rd. However, walking tours of the inner palace grounds is conducted on weekdays except on special occasions. Prior approval from the Imperial Household Agency is required to join these walking tours.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Art Museums in Tokyo

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Like any city that is steeped in history and culture, Tokyo too boasts of a rich collection of art. Art museums and galleries across the city have a rich repertoire of art pieces that are worth a view. These museums are great places to learn about Japanese art, culture and a lot more.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 10.3 km

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