Asakusa Walking Tour is a 2 mile point-to-point trail located near the city of Tokyo. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for walking.
Asakusa was the entertainment district of Tokyo for much of the 20th century. Known as Rokku or "The Sixth District," it is best known for theater houses. More colorfully, between the 1600s and the 1800s, it was known as "Yoshiwara," the pleasure district. Nowadays, tourists might come to Asakusa for the matsuri, or festivals, to visit the Sensoji Temple, perhaps to pick up some plastic food goodies in the Kappabashi shopping area or enjoy a hot bowl of "ebitendon," shrimp tempura over rice. On the third weekend in May, Asakusa is host to one of the largest matsuri in Tokyo--with crowds up to 2 million. The main event is called Daigyoretsu, a parade through the streets with performers and musicians. Part of the procession includes portable shrines being carried to the temple in order to "purify" them. If you're in Asakusa on the last Saturday of August, and you hear samba music, it can only mean you're lucky enough to be in Asakusa during the Asakusa Samba Carnival. A little-known fact about Japan (for the average Westerner, at least) is that Japan is host to a large number of Brazilian-Japanese residents. This is due to the reverse immigration of the large number of Japanese workers who migrated to Brazil in the early 20th century. When Japan was at its economic height in the '80s, these next-generation Brazilian-Japanese came back to Japan to work. Thus, Japan is host to unexpected festivals such as this gem.
Awesome tour! Loved all the pottery shops and the fake food things. Too bad that I can only bring limited amount of these back. Otherwise, I'd spent a whole day there! The Asakusa temple was really great, too! I went to the temple at night and there were a lot of local people! Kind of like a night market in front of the temple. Lots of snacks and sweets stores. They are really delicious! I'd encourage you to try many different ones. All the different kinds of snacks there were pretty amazing. The temple at night was really beautiful. The tower next to it was stunning! Got a lot of amazing photos there.