2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0032, Japan
AsakusaIn this historic district not far from the Sumidagawa River, the Sensoji temple has a past that can be traced back 1,300 years. The gate with the large red lantern, Kaminarimon, is the starting point to the colorful pedestrian open-air market Nakamise Dori. Vendors tempt visitors with the aroma of fresh-grilled traditional wagashi sweets packed with sweet azuki bean paste, sembei rice crackers roasted over charcoal, and souvenirs like fans and kimonos. For artisanal crafts and gifts, head down the street to the Marugoto Nippon complex. The area is filled with traditional eateries, in particular ones serving tempura, soba, and unagi. If visiting in spring, be sure to walk along the river, whose banks are lined with blooming sakura cherry trees.