Asakusa / 淺草

Located in Taito-ku along the west bank of the Sumida-gawa River, Asakusa once thrived as a temple town for Senso-ji Temple, and now it is a downtown that rivals with the Ginza, Shijuku, Ikebukuro and Shibuya. The history of Senso-ji Temple goes back far into the past. The legend has it that fishermen brothers discovered an image of Kan’non(the goddess of mercy) in the Sumida-gawa River around 1370 years ago and they were inspired to enshrine it. Its symbol is a large red paper lantern that bears the word "Kaminari-mon", or a thunder gate. There is a constant flow of visitors and worshippers throughout the year.

Numerous shops along Nakamise-dori Street that runs in the approach way to Senso-ji Temple carry a variety of small articles made of the Japanese paper and other traditional flavored goods such as folding fans. It is a lovely shopping street that attracts many foreign visitors.



Asakusa is also known as the site for many traditional events. Sanja-matsuri is a festival of Senso-ji Temple and is famous for the palanquin parade that conveys the "Edokko Katagi", or Edoites’ spirit, which represents the traditional temperament of the townsfolk of Tokyo. Other festivals include Hozuki-ichi, or Japanese lantern plant market in summer, Tori-no-ichi, or Cock Fair at Otori-jinja Shrine in early winter and Hagoita-ichi, or ornate Japanese battledore racket market at the end of the year. The most popular event is the firework display on the Sumida-gawa River in summer. Over 1 million people throng to watch it.

位於東京都台東區、隅田川河西岸的淺草,是作爲淺草寺的寺前商業街“門前町”發展而成的,與銀座、新宿、池袋、澀谷同爲繁華街區。淺草寺的歷史很悠久,它的起源據傳是在 1370 年前,一對以捕魚爲生的兄弟倆在隅田川中發現了觀音像,就建了這座寺院供奉起來。淺草寺的象徵物是風雷神門,上面挂著寫有“雷門”兩個字的大紅燈籠,這裏每天都有前來參拜的觀光客,終年熙熙攘攘。
淺草寺門前是仲見世大道,一字排開的店鋪中擺滿了各種有著日本傳統風情的扇子和用和紙製作的小玩意等商品,在這條購物街常能見到來自海外的觀光客的身影。

淺草還以舉行傳統民俗活動的場所而聞名。“三社節”是淺草神社的一項祭典活動,它作爲神轎祭典,十分出名。這項活動表現出自古以來居住在東京庶民區的人們的氣質,即所謂的“江戶人氣質”。其他祭典還有夏天的“鬼燈市”、初冬大鷲神社的“雞市”和年關的“羽子板市”等。隅田川上每年舉行的夏日焰火大會是最受人歡迎的活動,前來觀賞焰火的人都在 100 萬以上。

How to get there?
乘坐JR山手線從東京車站到上野車站約5分鐘,乘坐地鐵銀座線從上野車站到淺草車站約5分鐘。

Take JR Yamanote line from Tokyo to Ueno station, then change subway Ginza line get off at Asakusa station.