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Asakusa Area浅草エリア

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The town has an old, traditional feel, with the famous Kaminari-mon Gate and large red lantern.

Located in Taito-ku along the west bank of the Sumida-gawa River, the Asakusa district once thrived as a temple town for the nearby Senso-ji Temple, but now it is a downtown area that rivals Ginza, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Shibuya. The history of Senso-ji Temple goes back far into the past. Legend has it that fishermen brothers discovered an image of Kan'non (the goddess of mercy) in the Sumida-gawa River around the year 628 and were inspired to enshrine it. The temple's symbol is the Furai jin-mon (Gate of Wind God and Thunder God) adorned with a large red paper lantern that bears the inscription "Kaminari-mon" (Thunder Gate). There is a constant flow of visitors and worshippers to the temple throughout the year.

Numerous shops along Nakamise-dori Street, which runs along the approach way to Senso-ji Temple, carry a variety of small articles made of Japanese-style paper and other traditional goods such as folding fans. It is a lovely shopping street that attracts many foreign visitors.

Asakusa is also known as the site for many traditional events. The Sanja-matsuri is a festival of Senso-ji Temple, and is famous for the palanquin parade that is said to convey the "Edokko Katagi," or the spirit of the children of Edo, representing the traditional temperament of the original townsfolk of Tokyo. Other festivals include Hozuki-ichi (ground cherry market) in summer, Tori-no-ichi (rooster market) at Otori-jinja Shrine in early winter and Hagoita-ichi (Japanese battledore market) at the end of the year. The most popular event is the fireworks display along the Sumida-gawa River in summer, which over one million people gather to watch.

Directions

From Narita :
[Rail] 1h from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station by JR Narita Express Line.
From Osaka :
[Air] 1h from Itami or 1h 10 min from Kansai International Airport to Haneda Airport.
[Rail] 2h 30 min from Shin-Osaka to Tokyo Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line (Nozomi). 5 min from Tokyo to Ueno Station by JR Yamanote Line, and 5 min from Ueno to Asakusa Station by Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.

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