Asakusa is a historical place in Tokyo with its traditional Buddhist temples and you can shop for Japanese souvenirs here. You can also visit the Sumida riverfront and the new Tokyo Tower. We got into Ginza line of Tokyo metro from Akasaka (Tameike-Sannō station) to reach Asakusa station.
Asahi Beer Hall : The first prominent building you spot when come out of Asakusa metro station is Asahi Beer Hall. This is the headquarters of Asahi Breweries. Shape of the building resembles a beer glass. Giant gold colored structure on top of this building looks like frothy head of the beer.
|New Tokyo Tower(Tokyo Skytree) and Asahi Beer Hall, Asakusa|
New Tokyo Tower : New attraction in Asakusa now is the new Tokyo Tower. Also called Tokyo Skytree this is the tallest tower in the world (height 634 meters). When we went it was not yet open to the public. There was a count down display put up near the Sumida river front. It read 36 days. On May 22, 2012 it was opened to the public.
|Sumida Riverfront, Asakusa|
Sumida Riverfront : Modern cities proudly boost of their riverfronts, which are clean and well maintained showcasing modernism. In Tokyo, Sumida riverfront is one of them. You can get into a cruise for a drive in the river here. I could spot multiple bridges cutting across this river.
|Kaminarimon Gate, Asakusa|
Kaminarimon Gate(or Thunder gate) : Our next stop in the picnic was Kaminarimon gate. It is the entrance gate which leads to Senso-ji temple. In the gate, you will find statues of Shinto gods - Fujin(god of wind) and Raijin(god of thunder). Entering through the gate, you will find both sides of road called, Nakamise Street filled with shops selling souvenirs. I went on a shopping spree buying Japanese dolls, paintings and Japanese fans.
|Shinto god at Kaminariomon Gate|
Reaching Asakusa from Akasaka by Tokyo Metro :
- Get into the Ginza line.
- Purchase the ticket for the price given on the price chart for the current station to Asakusa.
- Station Number of Asakusa is G-19 (it is the last station of in Ginza line.
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|A shopping street in Asakusa|