A Day in Akihabara and Asakusa

10 Days in Tokyo

One of the things I was most looking forward to in Tokyo was Akihabara. Having heard it referred to as Electric Town, I was thinking it would be the best place to go to indulge in geeky things.

Akihabara

It wasn’t until I visited Akihabara that I realised how dated my anime and manga interests are.  Fruits Basket and Soul Eater must be old news, as we struggled to find merchandise for most of our favourite series.  I was a tiny bit disappointed by Animate, which was so crowded we could barely move, but the Tokyo Anime Center was well worth a visit (though it wasn’t cheap).

The highlight of Akihabara for me was the arcades.  The Club Sega arcade was huge – I lost count of how many floors it had.  We played some games in several different arcades, did a little bit of shopping (far less than we had expected though), and decided to hop on a tube to our next destination.

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With the afternoon still ahead of us, we headed for Asakusa.  Stepping out the station, it immediately felt very different from Ueno and Akihabara, the two areas we had previously visited.  Gone were many of the neon signs and talls buildings of concrete we had grown accustomed to.20160331_145048The shops leading up to the famous Sensoji Temple – our main reason for visiting Asakusa – sold every kind of souvenir one could hope for, and as the crowds moved so slowly between the shops, we had a lot of time to look at the goods for sale.  I think this was one of the busiest places we visited on the entire trip, but it was worth the queuing and waiting.

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Asakusa

My favourite photo of the entire trip.

The whole area had a very traditional feel to it, and we spent at least an hour just sitting in the temple grounds, soaking up the atmosphere.  Afterwards, we strolled along the streets, crammed with tiny little eateries, many only big enough for half a dozen customers at a time.

Next up: Day 4: The Imperial Palace and Tokyo Skytree

Happy adventuring!

Emma

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7 Comments

  • Reply televisionofnomads

    Fantastic post! This will be super helpful in planning our own trip, thanks for sharing 🙂

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    April 19, 2016 at 12:08 pm
    • Reply Emma @ Wandering Words

      Oh, Asakusa in particular is a must! I hope you enjoy your adventure, thanks for commenting 🙂

      April 19, 2016 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply sophiethebookworm

    I want to go to Japan so bad!! (It’s been a dream of mine ever since I’ve been eleven) Great post!

    April 19, 2016 at 8:49 pm
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