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Asakusa and Akihabara in Tokyo

Asakusa and Akihabara are a must see in Tokyo. Completely different from each other, one is full of history, and the other is modern to the core.

Asakusa 浅草

Sensoji Temple 浅草寺 – one of the oldest and most visited Buddhist temple in Tokyo. It is known to bring happiness, good luck and make all wishes come true! Here you will see the five-storied Pagoda, the second highest (53m-high) pagoda in Japan. It’s around 5 minutes from Asakusa Station served by the Ginza Line, Toei Asakusa Line and Tobu Skytree Line and Tsukuba Line.
TIP: go around the temple, and you will be amazed by the beautiful garden.
Nakamise Dori 仲見世通り – is a street right in front of Sensoji Temple where you can buy any type of souvenirs (kimonos, chopsticks, fans, etc.). Just follow the signs to the temple, and you will pass by for sure.
Asakusa Nakamise Dori, Tokyo, JapanAsakusa Shrine 浅草神社 – off to the right of Sensoji Temple lies the small Asakusa Shrine that has survived the wars and possibly one of the oldest temple in Tokyo. The pictures I’ve got are not suitable for posting. Sorry!
Yanaka 谷中 – is the old Tokyo and here you will see wood houses, narrow roads and loads of temples. They are small but beautiful. Also, there is the famous Yanake Cemetery, the most significant ancient cemetery in Tokyo. To get there: Nippori Station by the Yamanote Line, the Keisei Line or Sendagi Subway Station and the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line.

Akihabara 秋葉原

It is well-known as the “electronics” neighbourhood. If you are looking to buy electronics, just pay attention as some of them only works in Japan.
This is the favourite place for those who fancy anime, manga and games. And at Akihabara, there is the Don Quixote outlet. A store the sells everything you can imagine, from groceries to electronics, clothes, etc.
Akihabara, Tokyo, JapanI’ve been writing about Shinjuku, Shibuya and very soon I’ll be writing about Chiyoda, Ueno and many more places in Tokyo.
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  • Tokyo is not very high on my list of must-see places, but whenever I see pictures of more traditional areas I immediately think that spending some time there could actually be very rewarding. Thanks for a post that shows the two different sides!

    • Hi Nina! Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I have to confess that I’ve never considered of going to Tokyo as well, but after being there, I have to say that I definitely want to go back. It’s incredible the mix of ancient and modern and I’m quite sure you’ll enjoy as well. Xx