Sightseeing in Tokyo
Step under the giant paper lantern of Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) and pass nearly 90 shops that have stood lining the street since the Edo period and you will be greeted by Senso-ji Temple, built in 628. Also on the grounds are Asakusa Shrine and a five-storied pagoda, making it a must for sightseeing. Even outside of the grounds, Asakusa's old streets and atmosphere make it a wonderful place to visit.
Senso-ji Temple, where you can breathe in the spirit of old Edo
Kaminarimon is a symbol of Asakusa, one of Tokyo's most famous landmarks.
After stepping under the great red paper lantern and walking past the shops that are strung along the main street to the temple, you'll arrive at Senso-ji Temple.
Senso-ji was built in 628, making it the oldest temple in the city, though the current Kaminarimon was rebuilt in 1960 due to a fire.
A water taxi, the scenic way to Asakusa
Water taxies go from Hinode Pier near Monorail Hamamatsucho Station up the Sumida River toward Asakusa. Skyscrapers crowding the heart of the city are an exceptionally refreshing sight from the sea. It takes about 40 minutes from Hinode Pier to Asakusa, with two boats going out every hour during the day, so if you have some time to relax, don't miss it.
Tokyo Sky Tree
Opposite of Kaminarimon and east across the Sumida River is the site of Tokyo's newest sensation, Tokyo Sky Tree.
Soaring 634 m into the air, and rising higher than any other building in East Asia, the Tokyo Sky Tree offers visitors a chance to not only experience the sheer height of its observation decks (situated at the 350 m and 450 m points on the tower), but also to enjoy an amazing panoramic view of Tokyo. At the foot of the tower, the Tokyo Solamachi complex provides shopping and dining opportunities in addition to the Sumida Aquarium, which inspires visitors with its theme of “The Cradle of Life – Water and its Nurturing Power.”
Kappabashi, a wonderful place to find interesting souvenirs
Buying souvenirs at the shops lining the street to Senso-ji Temple is the standard, but if you're looking for something unusual, try Kappabashi. With dishes, cookware and all manner of kitchen supplies, it is a shopping district for professional chefs, but you won't want to miss the food samples. These samples are placed in restaurant windows, but foreign tourists often find them to be cute pieces of art in an of themselves, and purchase them as souvenirs. They also look for professional-grade cookware as well.