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“Wonderful tradition in the heart of Tokyo”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Asakusa Shrine

Asakusa Shrine
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Nighttime Local Food and Drink Tour in Asakusa
Ranked #6 of 291 things to do in Taito
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“Wonderful tradition in the heart of Tokyo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

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).

Visited December 2012
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“Classic!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed Asakusa -- it's a great place for taking pictures.

I'm not an expert on shrines so I just thought it was another important shine in a country full of important shrines. Yup, I missed the religious significance completely. Still, there's a lot to see here.

Check out the massive gate leading to the shopping street. I still think about the really yummy food I ate here -- pancakes with red beans and the tiniest scoop of green tea ice cream, wafers with more of these things -- excellent food. The souvenirs are generic, i.e., you can get them throughout Japan and for a bit cheaper in some places, but it's convenient to shop here since a good variety of things can be found at one place. And some stores take credit cards, if you're trying to conserve your yen for the stores that don't.

If you have an iPhone, download the Tokyo walking tour apps so you can at least get the cultural significance of the buildings. There's no audio guide of sufficient signage for tourists.

Caught the Sumida river cruise a few blocks from here. The best way to leave is to sail away to Tokyo, Tokyo.

Visited October 2012
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

The whole complex is breath-taking. Lots of people, and if lucky will seee some old way dressed people.

Visited November 2012
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“Nice place to buy souvenirs”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Take the time to walk around, in the side streets, nice shops and retaurants. It is a bit crowdy to the Shrine but it is worth going. Right across the bureau f tourism has free wi-fi

Visited June 2012
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

a beautiful shrine - fun to visit in the daytime via the long shopping street full of stalls selling sweets, souvenirs and street food. Also beautiful at night when illuminated and there are plenty of night restaurants in the pretty side streets.

Visited October 2012
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