Asakusa, Japan

Amazing tempura
Sky tree from Sensoji square
The iconic Sensoji temple entrance gate
Two buddha shrines

Asakusa is more of a historical part of Tokyo with many shrines and temples located around Sensoji square. I was surprised by how few vehicles were on the streets; the side streets of Asakusa were virtually free of cars with the only traffic being bicycles and pedestrians. It makes sense though, with space at a premium, parking is very expensive, and the train system makes it basically impractical to own a car if you are commuting within Tokyo.

I changed hostels today to a less touristy part of Asakusa, near Ueno, because the rates increased substantially at Bunka due to their nearing capacity. I will be staying at 1泊1980円ホテル (1night1980hostel) for 2 nights at Agoda’s online bargain price of ~¥1550(CAD$19)/night. It’s not as nice as Bunka, but the only thing I can complain about really is that my mattress is not much thicker than a blanket.

Covered street market
Shopping center aquarium
Asakusa shopping center
Mmm, bottled sweat
Can’t seem to escape winter

This morning I stepped out into heavy rain and slushy streets in search of coffee and an ATM that would accept my international bank card. This turned out to require quite a bit more walking than I had originally hoped, and within minutes my shoes and pants were soaked to the knee, but reception was kind enough to lend me an umbrella which kept me from getting entirely drenched. I have decided today is a great day to hole up in capsule 704A and a local noodle shop and get some work done until the weather clears. The trick is going to be creating some work that needs to be done.

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3 thoughts on “Asakusa, Japan

  1. Rick says

    Sounds like a good time is being had by all. Back here in Alberia we are looking at more snow to shovel off our sidewalk and patio, but warmed up from the -30 it was a couple of nights ago. Rain doesn’t sound that bad from this end.

  2. Tiara says

    Love the capsules, so futuristic. But I bet Japan has a lot of things that make NA technology seem like a bit of a joke!

    1. lmutch says

      Yeah, the washlets are definitely a little more advanced than our poverty toilets in NA haha. Vending machines here are awesome as well. Oh and the Passmo card is awesome, just swipe it once at the entrance and again at the exit of any train or bus in Japan and use it to pay for most purchases at restaurants or convenience stores.


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