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“The Old and the New”
Review of Asakusa Shrine

Asakusa Shrine
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

I'd say a trip to Tokyo is not complete if you won't visit this place. The shrine gives contrast to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo metropolis while at same time gives one a chance to experience "tradition" while in the city with its old temples and shops that sells basically everything from food to clothes to whatever. A must bring is a camera as every angle is picture perfect!

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Reviewed December 9, 2012

You have to go here! I visited on a Sunday and found this place to be a view into traditional Japanese culture. Was lucky enough to also witness a traditional Japanese wedding party (apparently quite frequent on Sundays if I understood correctly). The stalls around the shrine is a great place to buy your compulsory holiday tat and a few gifts.

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Reviewed December 6, 2012

If you are visiting Tokyo for the first time, don't miss this site. This Buddhist shrine itself gives you some insight into Japanese culture, and the Nakmise shopping street there is a unique experience.

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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).

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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.

Thank Jen L
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