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05/12/2016

Asakusa

Hello everyone! During Golden Week, my mom visited from the States, and we stayed in a district called Asakusa! In case you don't know what Golden Week is, it is a three day holiday from May 3rd - May 5th. The holiday is comprised of Constitution Memorial Day, Greenery Day, and Children's day, in that order.
 
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Asakusa is much more traditional than many of the other districts found in Tokyo. The city is known for Sensoji, a very popular Buddhist temple. The temple can be reached via a busy shopping street called Nakamise. Here you will find many little trinkets, masks, rice snacks, and other such things. I think many of you have probably seen pictures of Sensoji before, Kaminarimon gate is really famous.
 
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I thought the temple grounds were really nice, though I would have liked to walk inside the actual buildings. I took many pictures for your viewing pleasure. We visited the temple a few more times in the subsequent evenings, mainly to look for souvenirs for friends and family members.
 
My mom and I frequently walked around the streets surrounding the temple, checking all of the little shops and restaurants along the way. There is a charm to a lot of these stores, and the people are all very nice. In the mornings, we frequented Doutor Coffee, a Japanese coffee chain. I highly recommend the honey au lait! We also tried the Japan-only Cantaloupe Frappuccino from Starbucks. There was literally nothing coffee about it, but it was one of the most tasty concoctions I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. I actually had about five of those drinks during my week in Asakusa.
 
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As for food, we mainly ate at some of the other districts around Tokyo. However, we did visit a place called Tiger Gyoza Hall in Asakusa a couple of times. I had... well gyoza, and also a traditional hot pot. We also ate in Asakusa at a burger chain called Freshness Burger, because my lovely girlfriend from the States asked me to try it. The food in Asakusa was good, but not the best I have had by any means, that honor would go to the sushi from Tsukiji Fish Market, and the yakitori/skewer food from Golden Gai in Shinjuku.
 
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Anyways, if you are in the mood for a more traditional spot, one where you can get a feel for Japan's past, then Asakusa is the place for you!
 
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Most of my posts for the next few days will be about my journeys during Golden Week. I went to A LOT of places, some old, some new. My absolute favorite was my day trip to Hakone, so be on the lookout for that post in the very near future!
 
That's all for now!
 
See You Space Cowboy.
 

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