Asakusa: 1400-year history exploration

Get the most out of Asakusa on a deep yet relaxed 3.5-hour walking tour of this historic township at the heart of Tokyo. See the 1400-year-old Sensoji temple and learn its secrets from your knowledgeable and hospitable guide. Participate in charming rituals as you explore the expansive temple grounds, including the iconic Kaminarimon gate with its giant red lantern, and the bustling market street of Nakamise-dori. Finally, discover the colorful Rokku district to the temple's west.

Your experience also includes Japanese sweet snacks. Feel free to try your luck with a fortune-telling paper from Sensoji temple. Our tours are limited to 8 guests to ensure a personalized experience so you can be you: curious, spontaneous, and always hungry for more!

Our guides bring you the best of both worlds in tourism: local knowledge, genuine friendliness only natives can bring, and an expertise earned through additional training on top of their official national tour guide certification.

per adult from

$109

NZD

Duration

3 hours 30 minutes

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  • What's included :
    • English-speaking guide
    • Selection of Japanese sweet snacks (e.g. melon pan, rice dumpling, rice cracker, sweet puffed rice).
    • Snacks
    • Gratuities (Guides will not accept them)
    • Entry/Admission - Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center
    What's excluded :
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks, except those specified
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Sumida River, Tokyo Prefecture

    Just as Asakusa’s history started by the Sumida river, so do our tours. Across the Azumabashi bridge, we will see Tokyo Sky Tree, Asahi Breweries' headquarters with its world-famous golden flame object.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center, 2-18-9 Kaminarimon, Taito 111-0034 Tokyo Prefecture

    From Sumida river, we will stroll to Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center. This is not not just a valuable source of sightseeing information, but one of Asakusa’s newest sightseeing attractions. This 8-story building, designed by a world famous Japanese architect, has a very striking structure with the appearance of a stack of separate wooden buildings that seem piled up on top of each other at different angles. From the open terrace Observation Deck on the 8th floor of the Center, we will have a preview of the entire tour course: not just Tokyo Sky Tree and Asahi Flame we have just seen but the landmarks we are going to see including Kaminarimon gate, Nakamise shopping street, Hozomon gate, Sensoji Temple, and more.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Asakusa Kaminarimon Gate, 1 Chome-5 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan

    Kaminarimon gate ("Thunder Gate") is the outer of two large entrance gates that ultimately leads to the Sensō-ji temple. The gate, with its huge red lantern and statues, is popular among tourists. The guide will demystify this giant lantern and its surrounding objects.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon), 2-3-1, Asakusa, Taito 111-0032 Tokyo Prefecture

    This shopping street connects Kaminarimon gate and Sensoji-temple's main gate. The 250 m approach is lined with a number of souvenir shops and food stalls. The guide will show you where to buy souvenirs you are interested in. The other fun part of strolling along it is that the guide will buy you traditional snacks in Asakusa; note that the guide may buy snacks in other places in the tour based on your preferences.
    Toward the end of this long street, we will see a history tablets on its side which depict how Asakusa started and developed around Sensoji-temple.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Hozomon, 2-3-2 Sensoji Temple, Asakusa, Taito 111-0032 Tokyo Prefecture

    The Hōzōmon (Treasure-House Gate) is the inner of two large entrance gates that ultimately leads to the Sensō-ji temple (the outer being the Kaminarimon), Tokyo. A two-story gate, the Hōzōmon's second story houses many of the Sensō-ji's treasures. We will see two statues, three lanterns and two large sandals housed in the first story.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Senso-ji Temple, 2-3-1, Asakusa, Taito 111-0032 Tokyo Prefecture

    Between Hozomon gate and Sensoji's main hall, we have a lot to see and do.
    On the left, we will see Five-storied Pagoda the second highest (53m-high) pagoda in Japan built in 942. It holds Buddha's ashes on its top floor given by Sri Lankan goverment and buddhist society for goodwill between Sri Lanka and Japan.
    We will have three major things to observe or do before entering the temple's main hall.
    First:
    - You will draw omikuji, or paper fortune, to predict your future (included in the costs you have already paid).
    Second:
    - Most Japanese stop at the huge bronze incense burner to bathe their hands and faces in the smoke. This is a ritual to ward off illnesses-before climbing the stairs to offer their prayers.
    Third:
    - Water purification fountain which people use to purify themselves before going inside the temple. You will also see a famous sculpture perching on the fountain.

    We will now proceed to the main hall of the temple which is the climax of the tour. Look forward to what you will see and the guide will recount there!

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Asakusa Shrine, 2-3-1, Asakusa, Taito 111-0032 Tokyo Prefecture

    To those familiar with religions,it is unfathomable that Busshist temple and shinto shrine coexist on the same premises and share both their origins and worshipers. In that sense, Asakusa shrine is not just another shinto shrine in Japan. The guide will tell you why and you will found how these two religions are ingrained in life of the ordinary Japanese.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Dempoin Street, 2-chōme-3-5 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan

    After the magnificence of Sensoji, we'll escape into the Rokku area: Asakusa's traditional entertainment district, always bustling yet rarely busy. Walk through the Meiji period into the present day (with stops along the way for more Japanese sweet snacks).

    Once a district of endless novelty — movies, comedians and exotic animals — Rokku passed through its glory days to become a quaint neighborhood of handicrafts and nostalgia. Through vivid descriptions of its complex, colorful history, you'll even see sights that aren't there to see anymore!

    Packed with cosy bars, eateries, and snack stands, as well as boutique shops for traditionally crafted goods of all kinds, the narrow, winding and wandering streets of Rokku will lead you through the other Asakusa experience.

    Duration: 45 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Asakusa Sta., 1-chōme-1-3 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • We accept last-minute bookings until two hours prior to the tour start time.
    • The maximum group size is 8 people, to ensure proper hospitality
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved; please choose appropriate footwear
    • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
    • Bottled water is recommended but vending machines are available
    • If you have special dietary or accessibility requirements, please contact us and we will do our very best to accommodate you
    • Children younger than 6 may join the tour without charge but will not be entitled to inclusions
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Due to the historical focus of the tour, it is recommended for adults, but families are welcome
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by STP / Shitamachi t Pro

Activity ID: V-74853P1

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