Exploring Asakusa

Exploring Asakusa

For convenience, we decided to stay in Japanese apartment hotel near the UENO station because there is a direct train (Skyliner Express) from Narita Airport to the station. Belly full from meals pre-flight and in-flight, we settle in for the night.

Our Japanese apartment hotel room near to Ueno Station
Eating area
10 minute walk from Ueno Station.

Next day, we went to Denny’s, our go-to-place if we didn’t have time to look around. Our safety net. The menu here is geared towards Japanese taste, although the usual Western fare is available. And food in Japan is reasonable. The price includes tax. No tipping culture. You pay what you see on the menu. Not impressed with Japanese menus from other American chains like McDonald’s.

Lucas’s breakfast at Denny’s ($6.90; $9.40 with drinks) near Asakusa station.

Belly full again. And a morning walk to lighten the load. We walked through Asakusa, a waterfront neighborhood surrounded by water and immersed in rich traditions. 

Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), entrance gate leading to the Sensō-ji temple. The giant red lantern is 3.9 meters tall and 3.3 meters wide, and weighs approximately 700 kilograms (1,500 lb).

Kaminarimon Gate
Nakamise shopping street (stalls and souvenir shops selling Japanese foods and goods)

Making puffs
Local strawberries are in season and everywhere
Five-storied pagoda
Sensō-ji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest and most popular temple
Instructions on How to draw Omikuji (fortune telling stroll)
The shaker containing the sticks with numbers
Traditional arcade pedestrian street with stalls
Sumida Park with plum blossoms
Sumida River and Park; the river flows through central Tokyo to Tokyo Bay. The park is on both sides of the river. Tokyo Skytree in the background.

Tokyo Skytree, tallest tower in the world, a television and radio broadcasting site (634 meters (2,080 ft))
View from Tokyo Skytree

Even though Japan never had a mask mandate where it was compulsory (by law) to wear masks throughout the pandemic (the government only recommended), the people take it upon themselves to wear masks. Most still do (often it is the foreign tourists who don’t). Even after the government recommended it isn’t necessary. It is a different culture here. We wear masks as a courtesy to our Japanese friends. We are guests in their country. One gets used to it quite quickly especially when there is a chill in the air. 

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