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The town, which still retains its olden day atmosphere
Asakusa, which is in Taito ward in Tokyo, is a town which has been prospering ever since the Edo Period. It still preserves the sense of an old downtown area from the Edo Period and many tourists from Japan and outside Japan come to see it. Here, we will introduce some of the sightseeing spots in Asakusa.
This is the oldest temple in Tokyo. On the temple grounds, there is the Kaminari-mon Gate which has a huge Cho-chin (Japanese lantern) hanging from it with the letters "雷門" . Japan's oldest shopping street Nakamise (shops), Goju-no-tou (five-storied pagoda), and Asakusa Shrine are also worth seeing. This is the very spot visitors should go to if they ever come to Asakusa.
The area near the railroad crossing of Oshiage Station is popular as a photo spot to take a picture of Tokyo Sky Tree, which is the tallest tower in the world. There is even a photographic stand to put your camera on. Many people get in line to use it on holidays. The most popular shot is to take the Tokyo Sky Tree and Tobu-Tokkyu-Spacia in the same frame.
The headquarter of a food replica shop 'Maizuru'
This place is a little far from Asakusa Station. It is a food replica shop on Kappa-Bashi Shopping Street. Inside, there are many Japanese food replicas displayed like: sea food, Sashimi, Sushi, Soba and many others like ice cream, cake, and pasta. Also earrings and phone accessories, which are made to look like food replicas, are very popular as souvenirs too.
Asakusa Hana-Yashiki ('hana-yashiki' means Botanical garden)
Asakusa Hana-Yashiki opened as a botanical garden in the Edo Period but is now an amusement park. In the retro amusement park, you can find Japan's oldest roller coaster which is the highlight of Hana-Yashiki. The coaster runs through Hana-Yashiki whilst making a loud noise, which makes it seem like it is going to fall apart, the secret to it being such a thrilling ride. The entrance fee is 1,000 yen for adults (12 years old or over) and 500 yen for elementary school students. The boarding ticket for an attraction is 100 yen but one-day passports would be 2,300 yen for adults and 2,000 yen for elementary students. For seniors (over 65) and children from 2-11, there is a 1,800 yen passport. The opening hours are from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and last entrance is 5:30 pm.
TOKYO CRUISE Himiko
A comic writer Mr. Reishi Matsumoto designed this cruise running between Asakusa and Odaiba. The walls of the ship are all made of glass, so visitors can enjoy the view of Tokyo from anywhere on the ship. At sunset, LED's inside the floors light up and visitors can feel like they have stepped into a futuristic world.
Train: The nearest train station is the Asakusa Station on the Tobu-Tetsudo Isezaki Line. The subway station is the Asakusa Station on the Toei Subway Asakusa Line and the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. Bus: The nearest stop is Asakusa Kaminari-mon Stop on the Toei Bus Line. Car: The nearest interchange is Komagome IC on the Metropolitan Expressway. Parking: Available. There are some paid parking areas in town. Tokyo Cruise: The nearest port is Asakusa-Hacchakujou on the Asakusa-Odaiba direct Line or the Sumidagawa Line.
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