Asakusa (浅草) is the centre of Tokyo’s shitamachi (literally “low city”), one of Tokyo’s districts, where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of past decades survives.
Kaminarimon is the first of two large entrance gates leading to Sensoji Temple. First built more than 1000 years ago, it is the symbol of Asakusa.
Asakusa’s main attraction is Sensoji, a very popular Buddhist temple, built in the 7th century.
The temple is approached via the Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries.
For many centuries, Asakusa used to be Tokyo’s leading entertainment district.
During the Edo Period (1603-1867), when the district was still located outside the city limits, Asakusa was the site of kabuki theatres and a large red light district.