Top 100 Things to Do in Asakusa, Tokyo’s Oldest Traditional District in 2018!

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  • Asakusa (浅草) is a district in Taito-ku (台東区), Tokyo (東京) that is home to many historical and modern sights, making it one of the most popular go-to destinations for visitors to Japan. The area is home to various department stores, restaurants, affordable youth hostels, and the famous Senso-ji (浅草寺) Temple, which is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo.

    Here, we will introduce 100 things to do in Asakusa to add to your itinerary!

    For more things to do in other areas, check this list out!
    Would you like to stay in Asakusa? Check out all the hotels in the area here!

    1. Soak Up the Sights on a Rickshaw Tour

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    In Asakusa, you can book a tour on a real rickshaw, so you can sit back, relax, and drink in the sights without having to walk! Your guide will show you some of the best places in the area and even tell you some interesting information about them.

    The company that provides the tour, Ebisuya (えびす屋), makes their own rickshaws in Gifu Prefecture (岐阜県). When you sit in these beautiful red carriages, you can feel like those who rode rickshaws 150 years ago.

    You can choose between the 30-minute, 60-minute, 90-minute and 120-minute tours, so it can suit any schedule!

    Booking details:
    Enjoy a historical rickshaw tour in Asakusa with Ebisuya!
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    2. Learn to Write Japanese Calligraphy

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    If you’d like to learn how to write your name in Japanese, why not take a class in Japanese calligraphy? In Asakusa (and 原宿; Harajuku), you can take a 60-minute crash course on “shodo (書道)”, or the traditional writing of Chinese characters (漢字; kanji). Learn to write your name in Japanese and create a souvenir to take home!

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    Japanese Calligraphy in Tokyo
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    3. Join a Special Asakusa Food Tour

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    If you’d like to try different Japanese foods, try out the Asakusa food tour with locals! You can enjoy a special sashimi (刺身) lunch from Tsukiji Fish Market (築地市場), taste green tea from Kyoto (京都), and try seasonal snacks from all over Japan. This tour is family-friendly, so feel free to bring your kids along.

    Booking details:
    Asakusa Food Tour with Lunch and Samplings
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    4. Visit Senso-ji Temple on a Private Walking Tour

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    Senso-ji Temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo and well worth a visit if you’re interested in Japanese architecture and history. It is easily recognizable with its large red lantern, and with the surrounding shops and a short distance from the train station, it’s an easily accessible sight.

    If it’s your first time in Tokyo and you’re not sure about going by yourself, you can book a private walking tour and be guided to the best spots by local people. All of the tours are available in English.

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    Visit Sensoji! Enjoy an Asakusa Private Walking Tour!
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    5. Learn How to Use a Samurai Sword

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    Have you ever wondered how ancient samurai (侍) warriors wielded their weapons with such skill and grace? In Asakusa, you can attend a Samurai training course, where you can dress up in a samurai’s uniform, learn how to use a sword, take photos of your experience, and even get a certificate for your training!

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    Become a Samurai and learn to use a sword in Asakusa, Tokyo
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    6. Write Your Name in Japanese on a Lantern

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    This is similar to the Japanese calligraphy class, except this time you can write your name in kanji on a traditional Japanese lantern! The teacher will help you translate your name into two or three characters, and teach you how to write it properly with a real calligraphy pen.

    You can also choose different colors for your lantern and take it home as a great memory of your trip!

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    Learn How to Write Your Name in Kanji on a Lantern
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    7. Make Your Own Ramen

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    Do you like Japanese ramen (ラーメン)? This delicious noodle dish is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. In a restaurant in Asakusa, you can book a session to cook your very own chicken ramen! This includes wearing a traditional chef’s costume and time to eat the ramen you cooked.

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    Make Japanese chicken ramen in a ramen restaurant, Asakusa
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    8. Experience Traditional Japanese Dyeing

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    If you’re interested in Japanese culture and dyeing techniques, why not try out a real Japanese dyeing experience in Asakusa? Here, you can learn about different techniques of Japanese dyeing, and even dye your own clothes, handbags, handerchiefs and more!

    The tour is available every day except Wednesdays and you can book anytime between 10:00am and 7:00pm.

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    Enjoy Dyeing Experience at an Atelier in Asakusa, Tokyo!
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    9. Take a Beginner’s Japanese Class

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    Would you like to take a quick crash course in Japanese? While you are visiting Tokyo, you might as well learn some phrases! In Asakusa, you can take a two-hour lesson where you will learn to introduce yourself, ask for directions and more by a certified teacher.

    Perhaps by attending this class you can learn to chat with the locals more easily by practicing some of your new language skills!

    Booking details:
    Take a Japanese Language Class for Beginners in Asakusa!

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    10. Experience a Tea Ceremony and Tour of Asakusa

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    One of Japan’s ancient traditions is the tea ceremony. In Asakusa, you can experience it first-hand with a tea ceremony and Asakusa tour package. Learn how the Japanese traditionally prepare and drink their green tea at a local shop, then explore Senso-ji with a guide.

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    Experience tea ceremony and tour Asakusa
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    11. Go Drinking in a Japanese Bar

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    If you’re wanting to go drinking during your trip to Tokyo, you’ll likely step into a Japanese-style bar, called an izakaya (居酒屋) in Japanese. You can join a tour to see the best izakayas in the Asakusa area with local people, then choose your favorite to go and enjoy a drink!

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    Join us on Asakusa Izakaya Bar Hopping Tour
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    12. Experience a Real Escape Game

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    If you ever played the flash Escape Games on the internet, you might be interested to hear that you can participate in a real escape game in Asakusa! There are two to choose from, the Red Box and the Haunted Manor. They’re available in English, and would be a fun and different thing to do to add excitement to your trip!

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    Experience a Real Escape Game in Asakusa, Tokyo
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    13. Duel with Sumo Wrestlers and Eat Chanko Nabe

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    While in Asakusa, why not meet with real sumo (相撲) wrestlers and see their show? You can also challenge them to a friendly duel and enjoy some Japanese hotpot called chanko nabe (ちゃんこ鍋).

    This family-friendly tour is especially for international visitors and is available in English.

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    Duel with sumo wrestlers and eat chanko nabe in Asakusa show
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    14. Try All-You-Can-Drink Sake

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    If you’re interested in sake (酒), you should definitely try the all-you-can-drink sake plan in Asakusa! There are over 100 types of sake to try, and you can take your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. The plan runs until 10:00pm, and you can come and go to the restaurant as you please.

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    Taste 100 Kinds of Sake With an “All-You-Can-Drink” Plan!
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    15. Learn How to Play Japanese Chess

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    In Asakusa, there is a chance to learn how to play Japanese chess, or shogi (将棋)! Even if you have no idea how to play, you can learn and play a real game in this two-hour session. You will be taught by the Kyoto champion, and as well as the rules, you can learn a bit about the history of the game.

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    Take a Japanese Chess (Shogi) class in Asakusa, Tokyo
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    16. See a Private Geisha or Biwa Show at a Tempura Restaurant

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    In a tempura (天ぷら) restaurant in Asakusa is the opportunity to see a traditional show – either geisha (芸者) or biwa (琵琶), it’s up to you – and enjoy an authentic tempura meal, including dessert. This special package will transport you back to the Edo period (江戸時代) and give you an idea of old life in Japan!

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    Private Geisha or Biwa Show at an Asakusa Tempura Restaurant
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    17. Explore Tokyo’s Ancient Yoshiwara “Pleasure Quarter”

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    Explore Tokyo’s old red light district in old Yoshiwara (吉原)! One of Tokyo’s most significant red light district areas, this area is the setting for many Japanese books and movies, including Yoshiwara Enjo (吉原炎上) and Sakuran (さくらん).

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    Explore Tokyo’s Historic Wild Side in Yoshiwara
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    18. Make Your Own Sushi

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    As well as ramen, you can have the chance to make your very own sushi (寿司) in Asakusa! A chef with 30 years of experience give a short lecture on how to order and eat sushi, how to grate fresh wasabi (山葵), and how to cut fish with a real sushi chef’s knife. You’ll also get a chance to make and taste your own sushi! If you’re interested in Japanese food, definitely don’t miss out on this tour.

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    Enjoy a sushi workshop in Asakusa!
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    19. Tour Asakusa and Ryogoku with a Sumo Wrestler

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    A tour is one thing, but how about a tour with a real sumo wrestler? This is a rare opportunity to meet and chat with a Japanese sumo wrestler and have him show you the best sights in town.

    You can choose either Ryogoku (両国) or Asakusa, or you can choose both for a longer tour. The program is available in English.

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    Tour Asakusa and Ryogoku with a sumo wrestler
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    20. Try on a Japanese Kimono or Samurai Outfit

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    While in Asakusa, why not try on a traditional Japanese kimono (着物) or a samurai outfit? You can try on a full outfit, take photos and take the pictures home with you! This package is only an hour long, leaving plenty of time to see the surrounding Asakusa area beforehand or afterward. Children under four years old can join for free!

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    Wear a Japanese Kimono/Samurai set in Asakusa!
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    21. Make Traditional Japanese Soap

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    Enjoyable for both children and adults, this class in Asakusa offers the chance to learn about traditional Japanese soap and how to make it. You can make your own from rice bran and herbs, and take it home as a souvenir. Afterwards, you can have the opportunity to visit the Asakusa Shrine (浅草神社) nearby.

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    Make Traditional Japanese Soap in a 1-Day Craft Class, Tokyo
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    22. See the Area Beyond Senso-ji Temple

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    This unique tour offers a tour of the area beyond the popular Senso-ji Temple and to less-visited areas such as Imado Shrine (今戸神社), and areas such as the old red-light district and the execution grounds. Although a little gloomy, this is some fascinating history you don’t want to miss.

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    See the area beyond Sensoji: half-day tour north of Asakusa
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    23. Stroll Around Asakusa in a Yukata

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    Similar to the kimono wearing mentioned earlier, except this time you can take a walk around Asakusa wearing your yukata (浴衣)! Choose your own yukata design at a local shop, take a photo near the big gate, and try local snacks. If there’s time, your guide will also show you more areas upon request!

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    Wear Yukata and tour Asakusa with a guide
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    24. Make Your Own Candy Figurine

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    During your tour of Asakusa, you can try making your own candy figurine! See the local sights and take home your own sweet little treat. This tour is great for kids.

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    Make a Japanese candy figurine during a tour in Asakusa
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    25. Learn About Traditional Japanese Weaving Methods

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    If you’re interested in Japanese culture and how things are made, why not try weaving your own merchandise in Asakusa, including your own coaster, centerpiece, or place mat? Children can enjoy this activity, too. Create your own souvenir and take it home as a gift for yourself or loved ones!

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    Enjoy Weaving Experience at an Atelier in Asakusa, Tokyo!
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    26. Wear a Kimono Jacket and Take a Drum Lesson

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    In Asakusa, you’ll have the chance to learn to play the Japanese “wadaiko (和太鼓)” drum while wearing a kimono jacket! You’ll also get to see a Nihon-buyo (日本舞踊) dance and powerful drum performance. The class is available in English and French.

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    Japanese Drum Lesson & Kimono Dance Performance in Asakusa
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    27. Eat Your Fill of Japanese Sweets

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    This tour offers an opportunity to try many delicious Japanese desserts while touring Asakusa, including a visit to Kappabashi (合羽橋), one of Japan’s largest kitchen goods streets. If you’re interested in this, be sure to bring walking shoes as it includes a three-hour tour of walking.

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    Explore Asakusa’s wonders and sweets on a walking tour!
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    28. Make Japanese Okonomiyaki with Local People

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    Are you interested in Japanese food? Would you like to make Japanese okonomiyaki with Japanese people? Try this tour, where you can visit an ordinary traditional Japanese home in Asakusa, learn about okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) and how to cook it, and sip Japanese tea while you chat! This homely package is something a little different from the usual tour but offers you the chance to spend time and cook with local people.

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    Visit a Japanese Home and Make Japanese Pizza!
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    29. Cook Japanese Food

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    Similar to the previously mentioned tours, this is an opportunity to learn to cook Japanese food. This time, you’ll have a wider range of choices, from yakitori (焼き鳥) to sushi to green tea and desserts. You can choose from the Japanese Culinary Experience and the Japanese Cafe Experience.

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    Try cooking Japanese Food in Asakusa!
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    30. Visit the Best Parts of Asakusa Dressed as a Ninja

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    If you’d like to do something a little different, why not visit Asakusa dressed as a ninja (忍者)? You can wear a real ninja costume, eat lunch with locals, visit the best spots in Asakusa such as the Kaminarimon (雷門) gate and Nakamise Street (仲見世通り), and take pictures (プリクラ; Purikura) in a Japanese photo booth.

    The tour is held every weekday from 11:00am and 3:00pm and is great for kids as well as adults!

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    Take an exciting tour in Tokyo dressed as a ninja!
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    31. Visit the Kappabashi Kitchen Street and Make Your Own Food

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    If you’re interested in cooking, the Kappabashi Street is within walking distance from Asakusa and sells many kitchen items such as knives, refrigerators, and other tools. In this tour, you can make your own food samples as well as browsing the items on offer.

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    Visit Kappabashi street and make food samples with a guide
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    32. Visit the World Beer Museum

    If you are a beer lover, you won’t want to miss this place. Although it is called a museum, it is more of an izakaya-style beer hall with an impressive selection of more than 150 types of beer from all over the world. Visitors can sample as many as they can handle, and can also enjoy great food including German Sausage. It is situated just by the Tokyo Sky Tree and has some lovely views!

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    33. Ride on the Sky Duck

    The brilliant Sky Bus Tokyo offers a course in Asakusa which includes an amphibian bus which can also ride on the water! This is an amazing and fun way to tour the area and visit sightseeing spots in Asakusa! Known as the Sky Duck, this course will take on a memorable trip which can show you another side to Tokyo!

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    34. Try Amazing Woodblock Printing at Mokuhankan

    For something a bit different, visit the wonderful Mokuhankan. This woodblock printing workshop, gallery, and shop is run by David Bull, a Canadian-born printmaker. Here, you can make your own beautiful woodblock prints with expert guidance and watch the skilled ‘masters’ at work. The atmosphere here is wonderfully friendly and staff English. This really is a special experience for anybody interested in art of any kind.

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    35. Eat Tempura at the Historic Daikokuya

    Asakusa is famous for its numerous tempura restaurants. Daikokuya is one of the oldest and most popular in the area. Situated just a short walk from the Senso-ji Temple, you can enjoy tempura and tendon vegetables and seafood over beautifully cooked rice in a very traditional Japanese setting. This is a real treat for any visitor to Tokyo and will definitely fill you up!

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    36. Learn About Japanese Textile History at the Amuse Museum

    The Amuse Museum is a great little museum showcasing Japanese textiles, graphics, and folk arts. If you are interested in Japanese fashion or textile history, this is a very informative place. It also holds great exhibitions and workshops, including kimono events where you can dress up in kimono yourself. This is a very interesting place with lovely little exhibits of rare items, and worth visiting!

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    37. Try Indulgent Matcha Gelato at Suzukien

    If you fancy an indulgent treat at a first-class gelato shop, this is the place! Suzukien is an old tea house which has been open for more than 150 years. The specialty here is beautiful Matcha gelato, but you can also sample other flavors and a selection of fresh teas. Be prepared to wait in line, as it gets very busy at peak times!

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    38. Treat Yourself to All-you-can-eat Lunch at Mugitoro

    If you are in Asakusa and fancy a filling lunch, make your way to Mugitoro. This popular eaterie has been serving decent lunch buffets since 1929. You can get the standard buffet for a very reasonable 1000 yen, which includes omelet, rice, vegetables, pickles, and a meat or fish dish. For 2000 yen you get a much bigger selection of dishes and also a seat on their seventh floor which has incredible views!

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    39. Visit the Asahi Beer Headquarters

    This recognizable building is home to the headquarters of Asahi Beer. It worth a visit just to look at the unique architecture, but if you are a beer enthusiast then you can pay for a tour. You will get to drink plenty of beer, and also learn about the history of the Asahi company.

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    40. Buy Plastic Food at Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya

    If you want some famous plastic food to take home as a souvenir or gift, you won’t be short of stalls and shops selling them. However, if you want the best range and quality, check out this great store located in Kitchen Street (Kappabashi). You can find all sorts of wonderful plastic foods here!

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    41. Check out the World’s First Drum Museum

    For a noisy museum experience, head to the Asakusa Drum Museum. You can see many percussion instruments here and even play some yourself! Among the drums is a huge taiko drum from Northern Japan, and other instruments such as chimes, gongs, and xylophones! This is great fun for all the family!

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    42. Practice your Baseball at Asakusa Batting Stadium

    If you are a baseball lover or want to practice your skills, head to the cool and modern Asakusa Batting Stadium. It’s a great place to let off some steam, has all the equipment you’ll need, and is open until 1 am!

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    43. Visit the Historic Hanayashiki Amusement Park

    This historic amusement park is one of Japan’s oldest, in operation since 1953. Conveniently located just a five-minute walk from Asakusa Station, you can enjoy fun (if a bit dated) amusement rides, a 3D theater, rides for children, a ferris wheel, a Japanese garden, traditional tea ceremonies, and nice flowers. This is not as modern as DisneyLand, but can be just as fun and will entertain both children and adults!

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    44. Traditional Theater at Asakusa Engei Hall

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    The Engei Hall is a traditional theater which specializes in rakugo (comical storytelling). It also stages stand-up comedy acts, magic shows, music, and acrobatics! Of course, some of these acts will be difficult to follow for people who don’t understand Japanese, but some acts are very physical and would be entertaining for anybody! It is accessible via Exit A1 of Asakusa Station (1 minute away on foot).

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    45. Dance at the Asakusa Samba Festival each August

    You won’t want to miss the spectacular annual Samba Festival in Asakusa. Held every year in August (dates vary but in 2017 it was August 26th), this show features dancers dressed in wonderful costumes, all in specific teams with different themes. Each team has a float and you can dance along with them and enjoy the amazing atmosphere and friendly welcome!

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    46. Authentic Japanese Comfort Food at Sometaro

    This cozy and highly popular restaurant serves comforting okonomiyaki which people line up to savor! It has a friendly atmosphere and amazing tasting food, and is a real treat for anyone in the Asakusa area with an empty stomach!

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    47. Get your Fortune Told

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    Fortunes (called Omikuji in Japanese), are a real tradition here in Japan, and you can get your fortune on life, love, and other aspects at many temples throughout the country. One such place is Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. In this temple, you can get paper fortunes, which are also written in English. If the fortune turns out to be ba, you can tie it to a special post in the temple, which is said to prevent that bad fortune from affecting you. It’s really fun and very unique!

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    48. Satisfy your Sweet Tooth at Umezono

    If you have a sweet tooth and want to try traditional Japanese sweets, make your way to Umezono! This 160-year old shop sells classic sweets such as awazenzai (red bean soup with mochi) and oshiruko (jam and mochi rice cakes). You can choose to take it away or eat it there, and can also enjoy a variety of cold and warm beverages. You won’t regret enjoying the delicacies to be found here!

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    49. Check out Asakusa Panda Cafe

    This international panda-themed restaurant and cafe is very popular among locals and visitors. It features a play area for children, an outside terrace, and a wonderful choice of main meals and desserts. It also has some great panda-shaped food, vegetarian options, free wifi, and a friendly environment to relax!

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    50. Unwind and Relax at Jakotsuyu

    Located walking distance from Asakusa Station, this reasonably priced traditional onsen is a perfect foreigner-friendly bathhouse. It is very traditional and features several baths, a jet bath, and even an electric bath which gives a very mild electric shock! It is a great place for first-time onsen goers, and has everything you will need there to have the full experience!

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    51. Find your Feet at Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center

    The Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center is a must-visit if you are in the area and would like advice, tips, and suggestions to make the most of your time in the area. Located in a swanky building just a few minutes walk from Asakusa Station, here you can get English-language advice on sightseeing, food, and transport in the area, and use facilities such as a currency exchange, free intenret, a ticket center, a nursing rom, and a cafe. It is a great place for any visitor.

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    52. Spend an Evening at Kamiya Bar

    At the legendary Kamiya Bar, you can enjoy a lively and famously welcoming atmosphere, a large selection of drinks, amazing interiors, and traditional eats. Here you will see Japanese nightlife culture at its very best, in a homely yet buzzing bar which has been welcoming all kinds of people since the 1800’s!

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    53. Eat at Namiki Yabusoba

    This historic soba restaurant was established in 1913 and serves amazing yabusoba (soba with salty dipping sauce). It makes for a traditionally Japanese dining experience and has a menu which offers soba toppings including tempura, seaweed, eggs, and duck meat. Housed in a glorious bright white building, this is a fantastic soba experience for any visitor!

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    54. Buy Leather Goods in Asakusabashi

    Asakusabashi is famed for its selection of shops and stores. In particular, many people come here for a great range of top-quality and decently priced leather goods! If you are seeking leather bags, shoes, clothes, accessories, or other items, you might be able to find your perfect leather piece here! You can find some real bargains, too.

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    55. Check out a Bird Cafe

    The unique Torinoiru Cafe is a real experience, especially if you are a bit of a bird watcher. Here you can pet and look at beautiful birds flying around the cafe, while sipping on a drink. Birds here include parrots, owls, and other colorful and exotic birds. You can also feed them if you wish.

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    56. Go Drinking on Hoppy Dori

    If you are in the Asakusa area and looking for a watering hole, make your way to the popular Hoppy Dori. This street is famed for its selection of cozy and friendly drinking shacks. In the summer you can sit outside on huge tables, but it’s buzzing any time of the year and promises a great night!

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    57. Catch Beautiful Views on Ekimise Halle Terrace

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    Ekimise is a large and busy department store. On the rooftop is the Halle (or Hare) Terrace, which is popular due to its amazing views over the city! This lovely open space has its own shrine and has a selection of eateries and drinking options throughout the year. It’s a great place to enjoy the wonderful night views!

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    58. Relax at Demboin Temple Garden (in Senso-ji)

    The Japanese Garden which is part of Demboin Temple, within Senso-ji, is a must-visit in itself. Demboin Temple Garden is gorgeous and only costs 300 yen to view and stroll around. It features a pond, varieties of trees and flowers, an exhibition hall with traditional art works, and wonderful cherry blossoms in the spring.

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    59. Watch a Performance at That’s ZENtertainment

    This funky and innovative theater features dancing, tricks and magic shows, music, comedy, and acrobatics! It is good for English-speakers, too, as many perormances are non-verbal and there are English-speaking staff to assist. This theater runs very popular 30-minute shows for just 1,200 yen, which have proved a great way to begin an evening out!

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    60. Have a Great Night at Ninja Bar

    If you are looking for uniquely Japanese bar for a drink, look no further than Ninja Bar, situated just a few minutes on foot from Asakusa Station. At this popular bar you can dress as a Ninja, take pictures with Ninja staff, enjoy a large selection of drinks, and play some on-site arcade games!

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    61. Visit the Small Temple of Komagata-do

    Komagata-do is a small but pretty temple located nearby the site of Senso-ji, and is well worth a visit. Located just on the southern edge of Asakusa, this historic temple features a Kannon statue with a horse’s head. It is less touristy than Senso-ji but this makes it quieter and more reflective.

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    62. Check out Sumida Aquarium

    Sumida Aquarium is a great way to spend an afternoon and brillint fun for children and adults alike. This large aquarium features penguins, fur seals, many kinds of fish, and jellyfish, among other animals and plants. It is a modern and well-maintained aquarium and definitely a nice way to spend a few hours! It is situated on the 5th floor of Tokyo Skytree Town.

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    63. Grab some Great Onigiri at Yadoroku

    Onigiri is a traditional Japanese snack that you can find just about anywhere in the country. However, for some truely amazing onigiri check out Asakusa Onigiri Yadoroku. This historic shop makes homemade onigiri with fillings including salmon, pickled plum, salted fish, and shrimp, to name just a few. Commonly said to be the oldest onigiri shop in Japan, you should come here with an empty stomach!

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    64. Visit the Tobacco and Salt Museum

    Despite the name, this museum has exhibits on more than just tobacco and salt, and is actually really worth a visit if you are in the area. Exhibitions include the history of tobacco and salt, some traditional artworks, tools, and a replica Mexican Mayan Shrine!

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    65. Dine Edo-style at Sakurada

    At the wonderful Sakurada restaurant, you can dine like in the Edo period. This means you cook your own food over a charcoal grill. You can enjoy a selection of high-quality meats, fish, vegetables, and pickles. The atmosphere is tourist-friendly and very welcoming!

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    66. Celebrate at Sanja Matsuri Festival every May

    Every year in May, you can enjoy the famous Sanja Matsuri, a traditional portable festival which starts at Asakusa Shrine and attracts both locals and visitors! Known as one of the great Shinto festivals in the calendar, this three-day celebration includes a parade through the streets while carrying ahuge shrine, traditional music and dancing, and a series of rituals and songs. You will surely be blown away by the incredible buzzing atmosphere at this festival!

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    67. Treat Yourself to Michelin-star Cuisine at Hommage

    If you really want to treat yourself to a dinner fit for kings, book a table at the two Michelin-starred Hommage. This stunning restaurant isn’t cheap but is worth every penny! It serves a menu of French and Japanese fusion featuring only the freshest ingredients. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, and the dishes are creative and absolutely first-class.

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    68. Meet Feline Friends at Cat Cafe Asakusa

    You probably know that Tokyo is famous for its animal cafes. In Asakusa, Cat Cafe Asakusa Nekoen is one of the most popular. here you can pet some very cute kitties, and relax and unwind either with friends or by yourself. The cafe itself is welcoming of foreign visitors and is only an eight-minute walk from Asakusa Station.

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    69. Eat Tasty Budget Ramen at Ramen Menmaru

    At this amazing ramen institution, you can treat yourself to a bowl of delicious ramen for just 320 yen! Located on the historic Hisago Street, this place is popular among locals and tourists for its cheap and tasty ramen and equally great atmosphere!

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    70. Check Out the Unique World Bags and Luggage Museum

    If you are interested in learning about the history of bags and luggage, tke a trip to this museum, which is definitely one-of-a-kind! This free-entry museum is actually a lot more interesting than it sounds, featuring luggage pieces from around the world and in history. It is a great place to kill a couple of hours and might inspire you to go bag shopping in the nearby markets of Asakusa!

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    71. Enjoy Nature and Tempura at Hyotan

    At Hyotan, you can enjoy beautiful surroundings while enjoyig your wonderful tempura. This restaurant is surrounded by a large garden resembling a forest setting. The food is traditional and delicious, so expect the place to be packed! However, it is well worth it for an authentic Japanese dining experience!

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    72. Have a Taste of India at South Park

    If you are in the mood for a classic Indian curry, look no further than South Park. It specializes in Kerala cuisine, and has sizeable lunch and dinner menus with traditional south Indian dishes.

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    73. Sample Fine Whiskey at the Historic Samboa Bar

    Samboa Bar, located close to Asakusa Station, is often regarded as one of the best whiskey bars in Tokyo, and for good reason. This warm and friendly institution has an old-school atmosphere and offers an unmatchable selection of whiskeys and other spirits, both domestic and imported. The service is welcoming and traditional, and you may feel you’ve stepped back in time when entering this historic place!

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    74. See Contemporary Art at This Asakusa Gallery

    ASAKUSA is a great little art center close to Tawaremachi Station. Here you can stroll the gallery and enjoy exhibitions showcasing work from around the world and here in Japan. The art pieces are very contemporary featuring live acts and abstract concepts and ideas. It is well worth a visit for any art lover.

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    75. Eat Like the Locals at Kikko

    The highly rated Kikko is a real gem for anyone looking for tradtional Japanese food cooked to absolute perfection and a whole lot more, too. Guests can enjoy an evening of top-notch Japanese cuisine with the finest seasonal ingredients, traditional music, entertainment, and excellent hospitality and service. The owner even plays his own music on traditional Japanese instruments and entertains the guests!

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    76. Enjoy Sensational Sake at Daimasu Sake Bar

    This busy and buzzing sake bar is a great place to enjoy fine sake and a lively atmosphere. Situated very close to Senso-ji Temple, you can enjoy a wide selection of sake’s (with an English menu), and sample some very tasty dishes to compliment your drinks.

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    77. Head To Sol’s for Amazing Coffee

    Finding a good cup of coffee in Asakusa is tricky as the area is very tradtional and mostly filled with Japanese-style places. However, at Sol’s Coffee, you can guarantee you will get a very decent coffee! Sol’s is a coffee stand located just by Kuramae Shrine. With hand picked coffee beans and skilled baristas, this is a great way to wake up before a day of sightseeing!

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    78. Enjoy Spectacular Views From Asahi Sky Room

    Located on the 22nd floor of the Asahi Tower, this sky bar offers beer, snacks, and stunning views of the city of Tokyo. This place is highly recommended as it is much cheaper than heading to nearby Tokyo Skytree, but still offers amazing views!

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    79. Relax at Sumida Park

    Located waking distance from Asakusa Station and running along the Sumida River, this scenic park is perfect for a stroll or a picnic It also holds various events throughout the year including cherry blossom celebrations, fireworks displays, and Japanese matsuri festivals. It’s an ideal place to get away from the bustling crowds for a while!

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    80. Find Fantastic Japanese Stationery at Kurodaya

    This hugely popular and traditional Japanese stationery store is a great place to find really unique and beautiful Japanese wrapping paper, cards, kites, figurines, and other handmade items whic have been expertly crafted. It is a gorgeous shop to visit and creates its own designs to browse.

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    81. Stock up on Souvenirs at Kameido Umeyashiki

    One of the best places to find traditional and uniquely Japanese souvenirs is at Kameido Umeyashiki, which is actually a tourist information center. Here, you can find local Japanese sweets such as mochi cakes and macarons, as well as amazing woodblock print-style posters with traditional Japanese designs. If you are looking for quality items to bring home, this place is well worth a visit.

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    82. Buy Luxurious Chocolates at Liszt Asakusa

    Liszt Asakusa is a chocolate shop situated just a few minutes on foot from Asakusa Station. Chocoholics will love this place! You can enjoy rich chocolates, donuts and pastries, loads of amazing gift wrapped boxes of chocolates, and traditional Japanese sweets. This is a great place to treat yourself or someone else.

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    83. Discover Kabuki Art along Asakusa’s Shotengai Streets

    If you like street art, walk down Okuyama Omairimachi Shotengai, and you can see many beautiful street art pieces on the shutters of the stores! Make sure you walk down here hen the shops have closed, or you won’t see the unique paintings. Most of the images depict famous scenes from kabuki shows!

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    84. Try Wonderful Taiyaki at Naruto Taiyaki Honpo

    Conveniently located very close to Senso-ji Temple, this legendary taiyaki store serves hot, sweet, and tasty taiyaki and attract both locals and visitors! They serve the traditional red bean paste, but also limited edition flavors, and custard.

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    85. Stroll Around Yokoamicho Park

    Yokoamicho Park is home to a memorial to victims of bombings during the Second World War, and is a nice park to stroll through and take some quiet time away from the busy city streets. There are beautiful trees, flower beds, and walking paths, and it’s a perfect place for a picnic in the warmer months!

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    86. Create Customized Souvenirs at Asakusa Tonbodama Kobo

    At this great little workshop visitors can make their own souvenirs and gifts! This includes making your own jewelry with glass beads and designing your own patterns. You can also browse this cute shop for ready-made crafts whcih make beautiful gifts!

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    87. Enjoy Chunky Steak at Restaurant Katayama

    Restaurant Katayama promises high-quality steak from Australia, and is a great stop for a filling lunch or dinner! You can also enjoy crab dishes, omlettes, and a good selection of drinks and side dishes. It is quite busy, so make sure you arrive early or make a booking!

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    88. Go to Karaoke

    One fun activity you can do in Asakusa at any time of day is karaoke! You can find several karaoke venues in Asakusa, including big chains such as Big Echo and Karaoke-Kan. Karaoke is fun for all ages and you can sing your heart out all night if you wish!

    Asakusa Tours for Those Who Also Want to Go to Other Areas

    You may want to see Asakusa as part of a longer tour. Tokyo is jam-packed with things to do and see, so sometimes it’s better to organize a day where you can see two or more areas. Check out these things to do in Asakusa and beyond!

    89. See Skytree and Asakusa in One Day

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    This tour takes you on a bus to see some of Tokyo’s sites like the Imperial Palace (皇居), Ginza (銀座) and Akihabara (秋葉原) before taking you to the Tembo Deck (天望デッキ) in Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) and to Asakusa. Relax and be guided to the best spots in Tokyo.

    Booking details: Explore Tokyo SkyTree and Asakusa Sensoji Temple, Tokyo!

    90. Tour Tokyo While Practicing Your Language Skills

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    If you’re learning Japanese or English, this tour offers a visit to Tsukiji Fish Market and Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa to practice your language skills! The guide will give you many opportunities to get used to speaking Japanese, or practice your English with tourists. The tour is very flexible so it can suit any schedule. Half-day tours are also available.

    Booking details: Tour Tokyo while practicing your Japanese or English skills!

    91. Take a Full-Day Tokyo Tour from Yokohama Port

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    If you’re taking the cruise ship to Yokohama Port (横浜港), there’s an excellent tour of Tokyo that picks you up from the port and takes you to all the best sightseeing spots in Tokyo, including Asakusa.

    This seven-hour tour is by car, saving you having to navigate the railway system or spend time finding sightseeing spots on a map. If you’re completely new to Tokyo and would prefer seeing all the best spots with a professional guide by car, this tour is for you.

    Booking details: Shore excursion from Yokohama Port to Tokyo

    92. See Ueno and Asakusa in a One-Day Tour

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    It’s great when you can find a tour that covers more than one area. If you’re interested in seeing both Asakusa and Ueno (上野), check out this tour. In just two hours, you can see Ueno’s shopping street, the Kappabashi kitchen tools street, and the road leading up to Asakusa Temple.

    Booking details: Explore Ueno & Asakusa in a 2-hour tour

    93. Take a Boat from Asakusa to Odaiba

    Experience Japan from the historical to modern with a tour of Asakusa and a pleasant boat ride to Odaiba (お台場) all included in this trip! Buy souvenirs and see Asakusa’s important historical sites, and compare it to the lively Odaiba with its stunning view of Tokyo city from the ferris wheel.

    Booking details: Discover Tokyo from past to future: Asakusa to Odaiba tour

    94. Visit 3 of Tokyo’s Best Shopping Streets

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    For shopaholics, this tour is a must! A guide will show you the three best shopping streets in Tokyo, including Nakamise Street in Asakusa. The tour guide also has a high-quality camera and will take pictures for you as a free bonus.

    Booking details: Visit three of Tokyo’s most famous shopping streets!

    95. Take a Tour to See Asakusa and More

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    This tour offers a bus tour and a bay cruise, including Meiji Shrine (明治神宮), the Imperial Palace East Gardens and a view of the Hamarikyu Gardens (浜離宮庭園) from on top of a seaside hotel. If you’d like to see the above places as well as a tour of Asakusa, this tour is for you!

    Booking details: Panoramic Tokyo Bus Tour with Lunch and Bay Cruise

    96. Take a Photo Tour

    If you’re planning to take lots of photographs of your trip, consider taking a special photography tour of Tokyo. You’ll start in Asakusa, and make your way to Ueno. Your guide will give you tips on how to snap great pictures, and even help you create your own itinerary beforehand.

    Booking details: Discover Tokyo on a Classic Photo Tour

    97. Take a Tour of Asakusa and Nihonbashi on a Bicycle

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    If you love cycling and want to see Asakusa, consider taking this special tour to see Tokyo on a bike! This tour offers many packages, so take a look and see which one would suit you best.

    Booking details: Enjoy a full-day cycling sightseeing tour of Tokyo!

    98. Take a 5-Day All-Inclusive Package Tour with a Day Trip to Hakone

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    If you’d like to be able to relax and let a guide take care of your entire trip, this package deal is for you. With this deal, you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel (as long as you’re staying in Tokyo), and take you on tours on each day of your trip. These include all the must-see spots in Tokyo such as Tsukiji, Asakusa, the Imperial Palace, Shinjuku (新宿), Shibuya (渋谷), and Harajuku. On the 4th day, you will also get to visit Hakone (箱根) for a special day trip. Check out this 5-day tour!

    Booking details: Tokyo Guided Tour – 5 day Affordable Package

    99. Take an All-Included Tour with a trip to Fuji Q Highland Theme Park

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    This 5-day tour includes a trip to Fuji Q Highland (富士急ハイランド) Theme Park, and a trip to locations such as Odaiba, Shinjuku, and Asakusa. An airport transfer is also included.

    Booking details: Discover Tokyo in an affordable 5-day package tour!

    100. Try a 1-Day Tokyo Tour with an English-Speaking Guide, Lunch Included!

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    If you have a day free in Tokyo and you’re wondering where are the best places to go, try this day tour with an English-speaking guide. They will show you great locations such as Meiji Shrine, Tokyo Tower (東京タワー), Sensoji Temple and even a cruise down Sumida River (隅田川). This is great during cherry blossom season (mid-March to mid-April) when you can see the flowers bloom over the river.

    Booking details: Grand Tour of Tokyo Highlights with English Guide, Tokyo!

    With these 44 things to do in and around Asakusa, your to-do list is surely getting long! Don’t miss out on one of Tokyo’s most charming districts and all it has to offer You can also get private transport from Haneda Airport if needed. Visiting a new country is an exciting and often eye-opening experience, so be sure to explore as much history, culture and cuisine and more during your trip as you can!

    For more things to do in other areas, check this list out!
    Would you like to stay in Asakusa? Check out all the hotels in the area here!