5 Things To Do in Asakusa

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If you're visiting Tokyo, Asakusa should be on your list. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of everything you can do around Asakusa, but just a list of 5 Fun things to do around Asakusa. I tried to avoid the most obvious ones and stay in an area where you wouldn't need to travel that far to do all of these things, so most of this things are whiting 10 minutes of each other (either on Train or Walking).

RENT A KIMONO

Walk Around Sensoji with a Kimono
There are several Kimono Rental shops around Japan, but I think it is somewhat of a unique experience to be able to rent a Kimono and walk around a temple, in this case Sensoji. Don't worry, you will not feel out of place because you're walking around with a Kimono, you will find Japanese people doing it as they are also visiting Tokyo, among other reasons. If you are interested, as I mentioned before, you can rent a Kimono at several places, but if you do want to do it close to Sensoji/Asakusa here's one that you can store that you can check: Iza Kimono Rental
  • Address: 2-19-4 Kaminarimon, Taito Ward, Tokyo
  • Hours: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Rental Fee: 3,000 yen and up

GET A GOSHUIN

Collect Seal Stamps as an Unique Souvenir
Goshuin books are something I luckily found out a few days before my first trip to Japan, I had, somehow never heard of this. To make it simple, Goshuin are books sold to you by temples that you can get shuin or seal stamp by each temple that you visit.  You can see the stamp and book in the picture below, and if you do not speak Japanese it is really easy to find where to get your stamp. If you're anything like me you will end up stooping a Miko and pointing at your book to ask for directions. You do have to pay for both the book and the stamp, and can also bring your own but I found that having buying the book directly from the temple does not only support the place but it makes more of a unique souvenir as nobody will have the exact combination of stamps as you do (unless you're traveling with someone and they just decide to buy the same book!). If you're in Asakusa you can get your book and stamp in one of the buildings behind the main Shrine. 

CREATE YOUR OWN UKIYO-E

Take Home a Souvenir Made by Your Own Hands
As I mentioned in all of my past Articles in Odigo, research is always important. So take some time to read about Ukiyo-e. At Ukiyo-e Heroes you can create your own Wood-Print, you do need a reservation, and some of their staff does speak English. You can read more about their owners and their print directly from their website, but as everything else around Asakusa, it's something unique that not a lot of people get to do. 
  • Address: Asakusa 1-41-8, Taito-ku, Tokyo
  • Hours: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm (closed Tuesdays
  • Price: One person: 2,000 yen | Additional people in group: 1,500 yen each

EAT MELON PAN

Shop and Eat Around Sensoji Temple
Sensoji is well located in Asakusa, you can find a lot of things to do, eat, and buy just in the main streets next to Sensoji, but you should not ignore those other stores around it, take your time and walk around to find some amazing little shops. I named this item in the list "Eat Melon Pan" because it's one of the best things I did here, you can buy Melon Pan anywhere in Japan, but the one next to Sensoji temple was not only my favorite but it's easy to access if you're already in the area.
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MAKE YOUR OWN CANDY

A Souvenir That Might Not Look as Good, But It Will Be More Fun 
Amezaiku Ameshin is a store located in Asakusa where you can learn to create your own candy as shown in the picture below (with lower expectations). They also have a store to sell this type of candy in Tokyo Solomachi right next to Tokyo Skytree. 
FOR WORKSHOPS:
Address: 1F 1-4-3 Imado, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0024
Hours: 11:00~18:00  | Closed on Thursday.
 
TO BUY CANDY:
Address: 4F, TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN Solamachi, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0045
Hours: 10:00~21:00 Open Everyday.
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BONUS ROUND:
Close and around Asakusa: Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Solomachi, Kitchen Town (Kappabashi).

Leo G