An exceptional tour of Asakusa, the most ancient district in Tokyo, with all its main sights - from the Kaminarimon to Senso-ji temple, including Nakamise-dori for some shopping and ending with the spectacular views offered by the Tokyo Tower.
What we will see
* Asakusa historic district
* Kaminarimon: statues and red lantern
* Senso-ji temple in Asakusa
* Nakamise-dori street for souvenirs and Japanese specialities
* Tokyo Tower
What we will do
* We start our excursion with **Asakusa**, **historic district** north-east of Tokyo on the Sumida river. It is the most ancient district of the capital boasting numerous temples and also famous for its liveliness and shopping facilities. Considering Tokyo’s position on the bay and the numerous waterways, local ferries are the ideal means of transport.
* The cruise service on the Sumida river is a fun alternative to the trains and subway and enables us to reach various destinations located near the waterways.
* We move on towards the **Kaminarimon ** (“thunder gate”), an impressive gate which holds the largest **red paper lantern** in Japan. The Kaminarimon is the outermost of two large gates leading to the **Sensi-ji temple in Asakusa** dedicated to the Buddhist goddess Kannon, who is very popular in Japan and incarnates compassion. With its millenary history, the Senso-ji temple represents the most important and ancient in the city and is the most popular tourist sight.
* The Kaminarimon is flanked by **two statues** - one represents Fujin, the god of wind, while the other is Raijin, the god of thunder (which gives the gate its name, i.e. “Furaijin-mon”, the “gate of thunder”). These two deities have always been considered the protectors of the temple, still one of the main sights in Tokyo.
* The Kaminarimon gate marks the start of the **Nakamise-dori street**, a 250 metre long road with 89 shops where we can find all kinds of goods: souvenirs, hair accessories, dolls, lucky charms, handicrafts, postcards, sweets and typical food. This ancient market is the perfect place to **buy souvenirs** and try a few delicious **Japanese delicacies**.
* The last stop on our tour is the **Tokyo Tower**, a communications and observation tower in Minato’s Shiba-kōen district in Tokyo.
* It is 333 metres high and the second highest artificial structure Japan.
* The Tokyo Tower is a lattice Eiffel Tower-inspired structure that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations. From FootTown, the four-storey shop located at the base, it is possible to reach two observation platforms: the The two-storey Main Observatory is 150 metres up, while the smaller Special Observatory is at 250 metres. Both offer 360° views over Tokyo and, on clear days, Mount Fuji can be spotted by looking south-west.