The Asukusa Shrine is Kannon and actually part of a much larger complex that consists of a monastary, temple, and many other buildings. Foreigners visiting should be respectful that this is a place of religion, albeit one that's fascinating to watch in practice - burning prayers and wafting smoke, ringing gongs, shaking coins in cylinders... The buildings are classically Japanese and quite beautiful. There is a vast shopping district surrounding the shrine with just about everything imaginable for sale. Bring 100 Yen coins with you and sample the street food (candies, cookies, crackers, stuff on a stick for which I know no name...). Better prices and higher quality goods may be found in the covered shopping areas a little bit away from the temple. If you like to people watch, this is the place to be. Had a very enjoyable afternoon stroll through the area and it's very easy to reach via subway and a short walk. Travelers should be aware that some places only take cash - there is an ATM at the nearby post office and Americans having difficulties should find a 7-11 store (my card seemed to only work in these machines).
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