|Above, Asakusa, Tokyo's Sensoji Temple. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
One of my favorite places to hang out in Tokyo is Nakamise Street near Sensoji Temple in Asakusa.
Nakamise Street is where tourists (and locals) can buy goods and souvenirs.
Tokyo Cheapo has posted an article on the "ins and outs" of Sensoji and the surrounding area. It is their "A How-To Sensoji Temple Guide."
They begin it with:
Everybody knows Tokyo doesn’t really have landmarks (think quick: what is Tokyo’s Statue of Liberty, Big Ben or Eiffel Tower—there isn’t one, right?) but if it did, it would have to be Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, a 15-minute train ride from Tokyo station, (20 from Shinjuku, 30 from Shibuya or just 5 from Akihabara). In a city full of temples, Sensoji is the eldest, boasting almost one and a half millennium of history, Tokyo’s biggest souvenir market and perhaps the gaudiest rendezvous point: its Kaminarimon Gate with the huge red chochin lantern.To read the full article, go here.