Although this former entertainment district was devastated during World War II, Asakusa remains one of the few neighborhoods in the city that is truly representative of yesteryear Tokyo. Sensoji is Tokyo's highest-profile Buddhist temple, and a year-round attraction for foreign and domestic visitors. The miniature streets that lead to the temple are thronged with kiosks selling Japanese trinkets, just as they've done for centuries. Just a short walk from Asakusa is the Kappabashi kitchen district. Here both beginner and Michelin-star chefs mingle among the stores in search of top-quality restaurant supplies, including incredibly realistic plastic sushi displays. Buy some of the world's finest hand-crafted chef's knives here.
Getting Around Tokyo
The best way to get around Tokyo is by subway or train. The system is incredibly efficient. The only downside to the subway and train system is that it shuts down nightly between midnight and 1 a.m. and doesn't start again until 5 or 6 a.m. Be careful when staying out late as Japan's subways and trains are known to stop half-way through their routes, leaving travelers stranded and facing an expensive cab ride. Check to see if you qualify for a Japan Rail Pass ( before you depart for Japan. There are two classes: "Green" and "Ordinary" (Green indicates a first-class experience). Passes can be purchased for 7, 14, and 21 days.
Nearby Airports
  • Narita International Airport-NRT
  • Haneda International Airport-HND
Airport Taxis
  • $200 from Narita International Airport
  • $30 from Haneda International Airport
Things to Do and See Near Asakusa