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Follow the footsteps of centuries of worshippers along a street filled with traditional snack stalls and through the gates of one of Tokyo’s most popular temples.

Asakusa’s gentle charm contrasts against the typically hectic atmosphere of modern Tokyo. Many of the buildings you’ll see here are post-World War II reconstructions; however, this district’s long history is still evident in its old-world pace. Visit the temple Sensō-ji, one of Asakusa’s most famous attractions, known for its distinctive red coloring and status as Tokyo’s oldest temple.

During the Edo Period, this area was considered to be outside Tokyo’s city limits, making it an ideal setting for a red light district. Note that after spending decades as one of Tokyo’s most popular entertainment areas, much of the original Asakusa was destroyed during World War II.

The traditional route to Sensō-ji is via Nakamise Street, an attraction in itself. Enter Nakamise Street through the imposing Kaminarimon, or “Thunder Gate,” notable for its enormous red paper lantern. Vendors on this famous shopping street have sold snacks and souvenirs to temple visitors for centuries. Here, find folding fans, yukata robes and other traditional souvenirs.

Sensō-ji, dedicated to the bodhisattva of compassion, attracts more than 30 million visitors annually. Visit in the early morning to enjoy this spectacular temple without the distraction of crowds. The Buddhist temple is also quieter in the evening and looks particularly lovely when lit up after dark.

While you’re in Asakusa, sample Tokyo street food. Nakamise Street is famous for its ningyo-yaki, fried sponge cakes filled with red bean paste. Although these snacks are prepared all over Japan, on Nakamise Street they’re made in the shapes of well-known Asakusa attractions.

Save time to stroll through tranquil Sumida Park, which offers gorgeous views of the famous Tokyo Skytree across the Sumida River. Head to Asakusa Pier and take a sightseeing cruise down the river. The popular route that runs between Asakusa and Odaiba offers a beautiful perspective of the city.

Asakusa is easy to reach by both metro and train lines. Visit any time of day, but expect many shops to begin closing around dusk. Sensō-ji is open year-round and admission is free.

Top Hotels in Asakusa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
3.5 out of 5
2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
¥7,847
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Located in Asakusa, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Ueno Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Dome. Tokyo Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (2,316 reviews)

"Complete toiletries upto pjs.. We love our room and the service.. Staff very friendly and they come right away when you requests.. 🏩"…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
HOTEL WBF TOKYO ASAKUSA
HOTEL WBF TOKYO ASAKUSA
3 out of 5
2-27-10, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
¥6,204
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

Located in Asakusa, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Sensō-ji Temple, and Asakusa Shrine. Tokyo Sky Tree and Ueno Park are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (334 reviews)

"So convenient for Senso-JI temple. Within reasonable walking distance of Ueno too. Yes, room was small but it had absolutely everthing you would need and was excellent value"…"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

HOTEL WBF TOKYO ASAKUSA
Red Planet Tokyo Asakusa
Red Planet Tokyo Asakusa
3 out of 5
1-11-6 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
¥6,587
per night
Mar 17 - Mar 18

Located in Asakusa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kaminarimon, Sensō-ji Temple, and Asakusa Shrine. Ueno Park and Tokyo Sky Tree are also within 1 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,293 reviews)

"Rooms are really small. But the hotel is really close to Asakusa."…"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2019

Red Planet Tokyo Asakusa
Asakusa Central Hotel
Asakusa Central Hotel
3 out of 5
1-5-3, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
¥4,951
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in Asakusa, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kaminarimon, Sensō-ji Temple, and Asakusa Shrine. Tokyo Sky Tree and Ueno Park are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (249 reviews)

"Very convenient location, free huge bath house and sauna, low cost dining facility and convince store on site. Various drinks available free of charge. Decent size room."…"

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2020

Asakusa Central Hotel
Residential Hotel B:CONTE Asakusa
Residential Hotel B:CONTE Asakusa
3.5 out of 5
2-4-2 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
¥10,350
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Asakusa, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sensō-ji Temple and Tokyo Sky Tree. Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum are also within 2 mi (3 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (265 reviews)

"On the second day arriving japan I broke my phone and had to get it repaired so was out of a phone, but the receptionist lady told me there is a phone I can use outside the hotel and take out when exploring the city as it has mobile data and wifi so can look up directions and get to the places I ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

Residential Hotel B:CONTE Asakusa
nine hours Asakusa
nine hours Asakusa
2.5 out of 5
2-6-15 Asakusa, Tokyo, Tokyo
¥5,091
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Asakusa, this capsule hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Sensō-ji Temple, and Kaminarimon. Ueno Park and Asakusa Shrine ...

4.2/5Very Good! (450 reviews)

"So well organised and cleaned! Loved the warmth the place provided, felt at home right away!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

nine hours Asakusa

Popular things to do in Asakusa

Sensō-ji Temple
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Sensō-ji Temple

4.5/5(1,641 reviews)

Tokyo’s oldest temple was built centuries ago to honor the goddess of mercy. It now draws thousands daily for Buddhist prayer or cultural observation.

Asakusa Shrine
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Asakusa Shrine

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One of the few buildings in Asakusa to survive wartime bombing, today this 17th-century shrine is the site of one of Tokyo’s most important festivals.

Kaminarimon
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4.5/5(7 reviews)

Learn about the history of Kaminarimon, a well-known monument in Tokyo. Visit the notable monuments and temples in this culturally-rich area.

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Hoppy Street

During your visit to Tokyo, you can search for that perfect souvenir at Hoppy Street. Experience the lively festivals and fascinating museums in this culturally-rich area.

Nakamise Street
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Nakamise Street

4/5(6 reviews)

During your trip to Tokyo, you can browse for the perfect souvenirs at Nakamise Street. Visit the notable monuments and temples in this culturally-rich area.

Nakamise Shopping Street
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Nakamise Shopping Street

You can do some window-shopping at Nakamise Shopping Street during your visit to Tokyo. Visit the notable monuments and temples in this culturally-rich area.

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Tokyo Afternoon Tour
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Tokyo Afternoon Tour

80% of travellers recommend
¥6,000
Per adult
Sumo Demonstration & Chankonabe Hotpot Lunch
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Sumo Demonstration & Chankonabe Hotpot Lunch

96% of travellers recommend
¥11,435
Per adult
Traditional Woodblock Printing Workshop in Asakusa
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Traditional Woodblock Printing Workshop in Asakusa

96% of travellers recommend
¥2,425
Per adult
Sumo Wrestling Demonstration with Lunch
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Sumo Wrestling Demonstration with Lunch

96% of travellers recommend
¥11,000
Per adult
5 hour tour in Tokyo with Maru
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5 hour tour in Tokyo with Maru

¥4,089
Per adult
Asakusa Highlights Tour with National Licensed Guide
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Asakusa Highlights Tour with National Licensed Guide

¥1,500
Per adult

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