Experience the retro delights of traditional Tokyo while hitting the streets of Asakusa.
Take your first steps out onto the streets of Asakusa and be immersed in the atmosphere of ancient Tokyo. The main attraction is the large and colorful temple Sensoji. Built in 645 to honor Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, Tokyo’s oldest temple draws 30 million visitors a year. Your visit begins at the dramatically named—and visually dramatic—Kaiminarimon (literally “thunder gate”), which is flanked by two imposing statues of Fujin and Raijin, the gods of wind and thunder respectively. The complex has much more to see, from the five-story pagoda to tucked-away shrines and statues.