Asakusa is a fantastic area of Tokyo, and if you have the chance to visit I totally recommend it. Asakusa was the central entertainment district in Tokyo when Tokyo was still called Edo, and it retains traces of that provenance today. Asakusa lacks all of the glitz and glamor that’s found in Tokyo’s more upscale shopping areas, and that’s precisely why it’s so appealing. The streets are arcades of discovery in Asakusa, and next to rinky and rundown fast food eateries you are likely to find shops and restaurants that can trace their origins back generations.

The photograph at the top of this entry is of Tobu Asakusa Station, a train station that emerges from a department store. This is the train that you would take if you were going to Nikko to view Toshogu Shrine, where you can find the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu.

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