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Places to See

Ikebukuro Ueno Asakusa Akihabara, Kanda Nihombashi, Ningyocho Marunouchi, The Imperial Palace Odaiba Ginza Shibuya Akasaka, Roppongi, Aoyama Shinjuku
Kaminari-Mon
This is the front gate of Senso-ji Temple. Previous gates have been destroyed by fire many times and the latest gate was rebuilt in 1960 during the Showa era. The roof was built using an architectural style called the Kiritzuma style and can be seen as a moderate triangular roof if viewed from the right or left. It also features an 8-legged gate on either side where the Gods of Wind and Thunder are placed. The height of the gate is 11.7 meters and contains within it a symbolic, large red lantern. It is a place well known internationally for its traditional Japanese atmosphere.
Kaminari-Mon
2-3-1, Asakusa, Taiko-ku, Tokyo
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Open 365 days a year
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Nakamise
Nakamise is one of the oldest pedestrian malls in the city and it is said that this mall first came into existence between 1688 & 1735 (overlapping the Genroku and Kyoho eras.) There are about 90 shops to be found along the 250m of Nakamise where visitors can enjoy the beautiful name boards and seasonal displays, lined up on both sides of the street.
Nakamise
1-chome, Asakusa, Taiko-ku, Tokyo
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- http://www.asakusa-nakamise.jp/
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Sensoji Temple
Sensoji temple was built in 628 during the Suiko era and is the oldest temple in Tokyo. The temple is the centerpiece of "Shitamachi" which itself means the old downtown area of Tokyo and its culture. The temple has plenty to see including Kaminari-Mon gate, pictures on the ceiling, and the famous five-storied pagoda which is located on the left to the main building.
Sensoji Temple
2-3-1, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
6am-5pm (Apr.-Sep.), 6.30am-5pm (Oct.-Mar.)
Open 365 days a year
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03-3842-0181 -
Asakusa Shrine
This shrine is located next to and slightly to the rear of the main building of the Sensoji temple and using its nickname is called "Sanja-sama". The shrine was probably established around the 12th or 13th century, between the end of Heian era and the start of the Kamakura era. The Sanja Festival is famous as one of the most exciting festivals in Tokyo and is held for 3 days in the middle of May every year. About one million five hundred thousand visitors come and see the Sanja festival at this time.
Asakusa Shrine
2-3-1, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
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Open 365 days a year
- http://www.asakusajinja.jp/
03-3844-1575 03-3841-2020
Asakusa Hanayashiki Amusement Park
Hanayashiki is the original Japanese amusement park. Something of the place remains mysterious, but you will feel both comfortable and also as if you had traveled place to your own world of familiarity. Pleasure-seekers throng the area to feel the essence of the Japanese towns of old and family groups cannot possibly be bored even if they stay all day.
Asakusa Hanayashiki Amusement Park
2-28-1, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
10am-6pm (Depending on season and / or weather)
Not fixed (Park may close for maintenance and safety checks of the facilities)
900 yen http://www.hanayashiki.net/ (Japanese version only)
03-3842-8780 -
Star Square
Asakusa has been at the center of Japanese show business for a long long time. Edo Kabuki and street performances were held in the Edo era and many kinds of small theaters were built in the Showa era to host plays, operas and movies too. You can still trace the histories of many Japanese stars in Asakusa at Star Square.
Star Square
1-36-6, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
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Kappabashi Street (and its supply stores)
Kappabashi Street originated out of a collection of antique shops at the end of Meiji era(1868-1912) and the start of the Taisho era(1912-1926) and has developed into a most unique shopping experience with about 170 shops covering 800 meters in total and selling tableware, lacquer-ware, tools for making both Japanese and Western style sweets and also kitchen equipment.
Kappabashi Street (and its supply stores)
1chome-3chome, Nishi-Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
9am-5pm
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- http://www.kappabashi.or.jp/ (Japanese version only)
03-3844-1225 03-3841-5916
Otori Shinto Shrine
This shrine is dedicated to Ameno-Hiwashi-no-Mikoto and Yamato-Takeru-no-Mikoto and is popularly known as "Otori sama" nowadays. Many worshippers come to the shrine on New Year's Day, during the Bean-Throwing festival in February, and also on Rooster's Day in November.
Otori Shinto Shrine
3-18-7, Senzoku, Taito-ku, Tokyo
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- http://www.otorisama.or.jp/
03-3876-1515 03-3876-1564
Sumida Park
This park, which is on the bank of the Sumida River, is a very popular place for cherry blossom viewing in season. You will see the beautiful local contrast between greenery and water in this park. Ushijima Shrine is the local shrine and can be found in the northern end of the park. A statue of "Nadeushi," or "Touching Cow,"built towards the end of the Edo era is supposed to aid in the rapid healing of injuries - injured or battered individuals merely touch their own wounds then touch the same area of the cow's body and their wounds will quickly heal.
Sumida Park
7-chome, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
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Mukojima Flower Garden
This garden was built between 1804 and 1830. Singing birds and the sounds of insects can be heard all over these gardens filled with blooming flowers and trees galore.
Mukojima Flower Garden
3-18-3, Higashi mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
9am-5pm
Jan.1-3, Dec.29-31
150 yen http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english/
03-3232-3018 03-3619-2321
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