A lot of wonderful sightseeing in Tokyo. And one of them is Asakusa – the retrospective streets relate to the time when Tokyo was once called Edo. If you happen to visit Tokyo, and you like some kinda of traditional attraction(temples, pagoda,shopping arcade) then Asakusa may be the choice! 😀
Asakusa is famous for the sensoji temple, buddhist temple. It’s quite near to the Asakusa subway station, it’s 5 min walk fr Asakusa subway Station on Tobu Isesaki Line North Exit / 8 min walk fr Asakusa subway station on Ginza Line exit.
The temple was the oldest one in Tokyo, the original construction destroyed in the air raids of 1945, and current one is the reconstruction built in 1960. 🙂 Once through the gate, we’re on the way to the temple, but.. this way will be so interesting, because we’re in Nakamise Shopping Arcade – both sides of the 250m street lined with colorful store. You can buy some omiyage-s, Japanese stuffs. 🙂
A tips on bargaining-type buyers, we can’t bargain here, if only we bargain, the sellers are too polite and kind, saying “gomen ne..”, (instead, you can enjoy a 5% disc or called free of 5% tax as foreigner). Fyi, foreigner can claim the 5% tax free by showing the passport while shopping in the malls. I am not so sure if this works in all the shopping malls, but i just experienced accompanying someone buying burberry(many women’ foreigner likes to purchase this brand in Japan because it’s cheaper here). Initially, you’ll pay as much as the pricelist, but then you can go to the counter for claiming 5% free of tax, it’s quite a number actually!
As for me, I walked all through the shopping arcade-finding the wanted-items also remembering the cheapest price. Then, entering the temple, finally bought yukata set, a pink one, 🙂 (three pieces set : yukata, yukata obi- the ribbon one tied on behind, and the wooden slippers called geta), and also buy the kawaii neko. 😛
The trip’s not over, the next destination is Odaiba. 🙂