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Asakusa (浅草) is a district in Taitō, most famous for the Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple.

Asakusa is Tokyo's oldest geisha district and a former entertainment district. Asakusa's main attractions are a number of shrines and temples, including the Sensō-ji, a small carnival complex called Hanayashiki and traditional activities such as river cruises and rickshaw rides.

There are also a number of traditional shops and restaurants to browse. And I would really recommend that you do, Asakua is the sort of place that really rewards you for even the shortest of wanders. One minute you could be shopping for hand towels, lucky frogs and chopsticks in the tourist shops and the next you could stumble across a genuine geisha shop with extortionately priced, yet incredibly beautiful wigs, fans and haircombs. You could be fighting your way through the crowds to get to a ramune shop and then the next moment be dodging a rickshaw by jumping into a tranquil shrine garden.

Asakusa is the place to go if  you want a taste of traditional Japan, so grab some kompeito, and a bottle of ramune and enjoy the people watching opportunities for a day.


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