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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
Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Springs
Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Springs
3 out of 5
2-7-20, Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is ¥4,318 per night

Located in Asakusa, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hanayashiki Amusement Park and Asakusa Shrine. Sensō-ji Temple and Kaminarimon are also within 10 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (95 reviews)

"This property is at a spectacular location right next to the temples. This was my second trip in two months since it is such a wonderful hotel, especially for the price. If you like large, western style hotel rooms, this might not be for you, but if you want a Japanese hotel experience, this is ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2019

Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Springs
Asakusa Central Hotel
Asakusa Central Hotel
3 out of 5
1-5-3, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
The price is ¥4,950 per night

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

4.3/5Excellent! (294 reviews)
A good stay

"I enjoyed the convenience of the location. Recommended for first time visitors of Tokyo and also for families."…"

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

Asakusa Central Hotel
Ryokan Kamogawa Asakusa
Ryokan Kamogawa Asakusa
3.5 out of 5
1-30-10 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is ¥7,438 per night

Located in Asakusa, this ryokan is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tokyo Sky Tree and Ueno Park. Tokyo Dome and Tokyo Imperial Palace are also within 6 mi (10 km). Asakusa ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (386 reviews)

"The staff is wonderful. A nice quaint place. I will stay again next time in Tokyo."…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2020

Ryokan Kamogawa Asakusa
Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
3.5 out of 5
2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
The price is ¥9,715 per night

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 Bay are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (2,439 reviews)

"4.5/5 staff and room were accommodating. we will consider staying in this hotel in the future"…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
Samurai Hostel Asakusa
Samurai Hostel Asakusa
2 out of 5
1-29-9 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
The price is ¥2,033 per night

Located in Asakusa, this capsule hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Sensō-ji Temple, and Tokyo Sky Tree. Ueno Park and Tokyo Solamachi ...

4.3/5Excellent! (338 reviews)

"Nice location, staffs and very clean. Nice community."…"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2020

Samurai Hostel Asakusa
Bunka Hostel Tokyo
Bunka Hostel Tokyo
2 out of 5
1-13-5 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Tokyo-to

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (503 reviews)

"What I like about the property is the cleanliness and the service provide given to the guests at Bunka Hostel Tokyo. They have free wifi, provide breakfast, and washroom facilities for you to use. You don’t have to worry about travel far from the hostel. There are sightseeing’s and food very close ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2020

Bunka Hostel Tokyo

Popular places to visit in Asakusa

Sensō-ji Temple
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Sensō-ji Temple

4.5/5(1,661 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

4.5/5(433 reviews)

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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Kaminarimon

4.5/5(7 reviews)

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

Hoppy Street
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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 temples and notable monuments 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. Check out the temples and top-notch restaurants in this culturally rich area.

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LGBT Tokyo Past and Present
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LGBT Tokyo Past and Present

¥15,290
Per adult
Traditional Woodblock Printing Workshop in Asakusa
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Traditional Woodblock Printing Workshop in Asakusa

96% of travellers recommend
¥3,018
Per adult
Japanese Traditional Costume Rental
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Japanese Traditional Costume Rental

100% of travellers recommend
¥4,860
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Asakusa Culture Tour: food & drinks PLUS Onsen Experience
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Asakusa Culture Tour: food & drinks PLUS Onsen Experience

100% of travellers recommend
¥18,683
Per adult
Tokyo Signature Sightseeing Tour
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Tokyo Signature Sightseeing Tour

¥9,200
Per adult
Asakusa Highlights Tour with National Licensed Guide
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Asakusa Highlights Tour with National Licensed Guide

¥5,000
Per adult

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