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Asakusa: 1400-year history exploration

1. Asakusa: 1400-year history exploration

Get the most out of Asakusa on a deep yet relaxed 3.5-hour walking tour of this historic township at the heart of Tokyo. See the 1400-year-old Sensoji temple and learn its secrets from your knowledgeable and hospitable guide. Our guides bring you the best in tourism: local knowledge, genuine friendliness, and an expertise earned through a rigorous certification process. Just as Asakusa’s history started by the Sumida river, so do our tours. Step back and forth in time with us as we help you navigate the lively streets of Sensoji Temple, guiding you to the best spots to satisfy your eyes, stomachs, and your curiosity! Participate in centuries-old rituals at the Temple and the Asakusa Shrine and have a chance to see what the fates have in store for you with Sensoji’s infamous paper fortunes. Relax in the quaint, atmospheric side streets reminiscent of olden days gone by and let our guide show you hidden gems and sights of all kinds, even those that don’t exist anymore! From the hundred-year-old shops and restaurants to the newer entertainment halls of the “Rokku” area, you’ll fall in love with Asakusa’s endless novelties that our guides help bring to life. We use an earphone guide system during the tour to: ・ Deliver the guide’s voice securely to each participant from a distance. ・ Enable communication within the group.

Tokyo: 2-Hour Asakusa Food Hunt & Cultural Tour

2. Tokyo: 2-Hour Asakusa Food Hunt & Cultural Tour

Meet your guide at Kaminarimon gate in Asakusa, Tokyo to explore the greater part of Asakusa. It will be around 1 to 2 kilometers of walking and you will visit the non-touristy areas and family-owned shops and restaurants.  You will first visit a standing sushi restaurant owned by a fish dealer. Learn how to eat sushi and taste fresh seafood that you might not have tried before. Sushi used to be fast food before in Japan and now you will also learn how to properly eat sushi. Have the chance to visit a family-owned soba restaurant where you will enjoy fresh soba and gyoza at a local restaurant that only locals go to. Try handmade rice crackers at a local store with over 100 years of history. Taste some Japanese snacks which are a hidden gem that started with a food stand 50 years ago in Tokyo. Finally, you will also visit Sensoji Temple, one of the largest temples in Tokyo to learn about Japanese culture and history. 

Asakusa: Kitchen knife store visits after history tour

3. Asakusa: Kitchen knife store visits after history tour

Go on a guided history tour of Asakusa. View the Asahi Beer Headquarters from an observation deck. Visit the Kaminarimon Gate and Sensoji Temple. Have your fortune told. Explore dozens of shops on Kappabashi Street while you go shopping for Japanese kitchen knives. Taste Japanese sweet snacks. Meet your guide at Asakusa station to begin your history tour. Benefit from an earphone system if the group exceeds 3 people, so you can hear the guide from a distance. Go to Azumabashi Bridge, where the story of Sensoji Temple originated 1400 years ago. Continue to Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center. Ascend to the observation deck and gaze at the main part of Kaminarimon,Tokyo Skytree, and the Asahi Beer Headquarters. Visit Kaminarimon Gate, also called the Thunder Gate, which eventually leads to Sensoji, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple. Walk to Nakamise Shopping Street on the way to Sensoji Temple. Admire the shops. Read the history tablets, which depict Asakusa's history with lovely pictures. Arrive at Hozoman gate, the inner of 2 big gates in front of Sensoji Temple. Marvel at this 2-storey gate, known for its treasures. Enter Sensoji Temple, one of the most famous in Tokyo. See the 5-story pagoda next to it. Hear about how it holds Buddha's ashes, which were given by the government of Sri Lanka to promote goodwill between the 2 nations. Participate in fortune-telling rituals at the temple and Asakusa shrine. Conclude your history tour and be taken to Kappabashi Street. Go shopping in the stores selling items used by restaurant operators. Shop for Japanese kitchen knives in specialized stores and check out the lineup of products. Communicate with the staff through your guide. Enjoy the experience of looking at the famous Japanese kitchen knives and dozens of stores on this street. Finish your tour on Kappabashi Street.

Asakusa: Exquisite lunch after history tour

4. Asakusa: Exquisite lunch after history tour

Head to Tokyo's Asakusa district and immerse yourself in its unique historic atmosphere. Admire the distinctive architecture on a guided tour while learning about the area's past. Admire sights including the Azumabashi Bridge, Kaminarimon Gate, and Senso-ji Temple, and enjoy a traditional lunch. Begin at Azumabashi Bridge before making your way to the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center. From the observation deck and take in views of Kaminarimon Gate, Nakamise Shopping Street, Sensoji Temple, and, on the other side, views of Tokyo Skytree and the Asahi Beer Headquarters. Visit Kaminarimon (Thunder) Gate, the entrance to a Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine. Then, make your way to Nakamise Shopping Street. Check out some of the displays on the street that recount the history of Asakusa. The Hozomon Gate will lead you to the Sensoji Temple, Tokyo's oldest and one of its most significant. Next to the temple is a five-story pagoda that holds Buddha's ashes. Take part in centuries-old rituals at the temple and the Asakusa Shrine and receive a paper fortune. After the walking tour, savor a traditional lunch. Listen to your guide explain the ingredients to you and how they are prepared as you sit in an evocative and authentic setting based on traditional architecture.

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What people are saying about Nakamise Shopping Street

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 11 reviews

こんにちは Kon'nichiwa We liked the tour very much! Our guide (Sorry I don't remember the right name) was friendly and has a great culinary knowledgeand and spoke excellent english. The tour itself was entertaining and interesting.The small food stores are worth a visit and I would like to come back. The lunch stop for sushi in the restaurant was fantastic - very traditional private atmosphere. Group size was small with 2 persons and therefor very individually to our wishes Overall highly recommend this tour. Japan is very interesting and we hope to return to Tokyo soon. Best regards from vienna Andrea & Gerhard

Amanda was incredibly knowledgeable. Although born and raised in Canada, she might as well have been Japanese given the nuance of her understanding of the culture. Was a pleasure to be on her tour and I would recommend it to anyone who visits.