Asakusa Shrine
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Touring Asakusa Shrine via Rickshaw
Touring Tokyo via Rickshaw is something I never thought I would do. For whatever reason it always seemed wrong to have a man standing where a horse would be in other cultures. But then again, every country is different and I soon learned that this was a popular, albeit expensive, form of transportation for tourists. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed my thirty minute ride and I was surprised how much information my guide presented. I was also impressed by his physical fitness level but that probably goes without saying. The area surrounding Asakusa Shrine is perhaps the most popular part of Tokyo and it was thrilling to see scenes of local life while taking photos from my rickshaw seat.
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Senso-ji Pagoda
It looks unreal with the dramatic lighting against the gilt . . .
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Visiting the Asakusa Temple
Tokyo may be modern, but there are many places where you can still see and enjoy traditional Japanese lifestyle. One such place is Asakusa, the center of Tokyo’s shitamachi, or "low city." For centuries, Asakusa was the center of entertainment in Tokyo, especially during the Edo Period. To this day, the district still possesses its old-world charm, thanks to its most popular attraction, Sensoji or the Asakusa Kannon Temple. A visit to this temple is a must! And while there, have a taste of Ningyo-yaki, the cute little cakes filled with red bean paste.
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