Before heading to our real trip in Tokyo, we had 3days and 2nights at the Asakusa area. We took the bullet train from Osaka to Tokyo. We left in our house around 7am, and I still have time to eat breakfast in McDonald.
Then, took a local train from the main station, Tokyo to Asakusa station I think we transfer twice, and the 2nd train doesn’t have elevator it was under renovation… Hubby tired lifting our luggage. 3 luggage I think more than 20kg, poor hubby right… That’s why we don’t want to travel in Tokyo because some old train station don’t have an elevator, not convenient for the traveller with a toddler.
We arrived at our destination around past 12noon at Asakusa View Hotel, exhausted and we had to find something to eat especially for the kids for lunch. Luckily, Asakusa area there are a lot of eateries which we can’t decide, hehehe
Rest for a while in the hotel. My hubby is excited about this area the Kappa-bashi is the kitchenware kitchen tool shops.
Kappabashi Dougu-Gai is a shopping street with more than a century-long history, located between Asakusa and Ueno in the shitamachi or old downtown area of Tokyo. The street, running 800 meters north to south, is lined with some 170 specialty stores offering Japanese, Chinese, and Western tableware and lacquerware, Japanese confectionery and bread makers, kitchen tools and utensils, food ingredients and packaging supplies, and more. The beauty is that even ordinary consumers can buy professional appliances and implements. Japanese kitchen knives and faux food samples are a favorite of foreign customers.
We choose the hotel because they said (tv program) the breakfast is delicious, but, sad to say there is nothing special (sorry to disappoint) but, the location is really accessible. Or maybe, because we tried many hotels in our countries, that’s why our standard is high (?).
Below are the sightseeing around Asakusa Area
Built by Tairano Kinmasa in the 5th year of the Tengyou Era, this gate was originally located in the Komagata neighborhood. During the Kamakura Era it was dismantled and relocated to its current location. It is believed that that is when Wind God and God of Thunder were enshrined within.
At first they were to guard the temple. These two guards were worshipped with the goal of guarding against destruction from storm, flood and fire. They were seen as a kind of benevolent deity. Then it is surmised that the worship was for peace and tranquility, and abundant crop.
The current gate replaced the gate which was destroyed by fire on December 12, 1865. In 1960, after 95 years, the gate was reconstructed thanks to contributions by the founder of Matsushita Electrical Industrial, Kounosuke Matsushita. It now stands proudly as the main gate at of Sensou Shrine. It is famous nation wide as the face of Asakusa.
This roughly 250-meter-long path leading from the Kaminarimon (“Thunder Gate”) to Hozomon (“Treasure House Gate”) of Kinryuzan Sensoji Temple (also called “Kannon-sama”) in Asakusa is lined on both sides with close to 90 shops and stalls selling Edo-style trinkets and souvenirs.
Founded in 628, Sensoji Temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo. Many people believe that the Asakusa Kannon deity enshrined here has the ability to bestow benefits on earth, and around 30 million visitors from throughout Japan and abroad visit the temple every year. It was the epicenter for the development of Edo culture, and these traces still remain today. Many seasonal events are held including the Hozuki (Chinese lantern plant) Market and Hagoita (wooden paddle) Market. The huge lanterns hung at Kaminari (Thunder) Gate are very famous throughout Japan.
TOKYO SKYTREE, at 634 meters high, is the world’s tallest free-standing broadcasting tower. The TEMBO DECK, located 350 meters above ground, commands a panoramic view of the Kanto region, and even Mt. Fuji in the distance when the sky is clear. At night, the tower is illuminated alternately in the beautiful pale blue “Iki” and violet “Miyabi” themes. Tokyo Solamachi, the neighboring commercial complex, is home to more than 300 establishments including a planetarium, an aquarium, and shops, which constantly transmit trends and information. TOKYO SKYTREE is a world-class landmark of Tokyo.
Asakusa Engei Hall is the district’s only theater dedicated to rakugo. Besides this form of comical storytelling, it stages a variety of entertaining acts such as manzai and mandan stand-up comedy, magic, acrobatics, papercutting, and music.
The open year-round facility, as a rule, has no intermission between day and night acts. Spectators are welcome to show up at any time, leave at any time, and enjoy the traditional Japanese entertainment of rakugo for as long as they like.
Ueno Park (上野公園 Ueno Kōen?) is a spacious public park in the Ueno district of Taitō, Tokyo, Japan. The park was established in 1873 on lands formerly belonging to the temple of Kan’ei-ji. Amongst the country’s first public parks, it was founded following the western example as part of the borrowing and assimilation of international practices that characterizes the early Meiji period. The home of a number of major museums, Ueno Park is also celebrated in spring for its cherry blossoms and hanami. In recent times the park and its attractions have drawn over ten million visitors a year, making it Japan’s most popular city park.
She loves chasing the bird. Drop by in the shopping street as while just look around.
Ok, let’s park for awhile… Will post the next trip soon…
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