Asakusa: 1400-year history exploration

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Duration: 3 hours

Departs: Tokyo, Tokyo

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

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Get the most out of Asakusa on a deep yet relaxed 3.5-hour walking tour of this historic township at the heart of Tokyo. See the 1400-year-old Sensoji temple and learn its secrets from your knowledgeable and hospitable guide. Participate in charming rituals as you explore the expansive temple grounds, including the iconic Kaminarimon gate with its giant red lantern, and the bustling market street of Nakamise-dori. Finally, discover the colorful Rokku district to the temple's west.

Your experience also includes Japanese sweet snacks. Feel free to try your luck with a fortune-telling paper from Sensoji temple. Our tours are limited to 8 guests to ensure a personalized experience so you can be you: curious, spontaneous, and always hungry for more!

Our guides bring you the best of both worlds in tourism: local knowledge, genuine friendliness only natives can bring, and an expertise earned through additional training on top of their official national tour guide certification.

What's Included

Earphone Guide System to deliver the guide’s voice securely to each participant from distance.

English-speaking guide

Selection of Japanese sweet snacks (e.g. melon pan, rice dumpling, rice cracker, sweet puffed rice).

What's Not Included

Food and drinks, except those specified

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 5
  • CHILD: Age: 6 - 12
  • YOUTH: Age: 13 - 19
  • ADULT: Age: 20 - 99

Additional Info

  • Bottled water is recommended but vending machines are available
  • Due to the historical focus of the tour, it is recommended for adults, but families are welcome
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • The maximum group size is 8 people, to ensure proper hospitality
  • Bottled water is recommended but vending machines are available
  • Due to the historical focus of the tour, it is recommended for adults, but families are welcome
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • The maximum group size is 8 people, to ensure proper hospitality

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Sumida River
Just as Asakusa’s history started by the Sumida river, so do our tours. Across the Azumabashi bridge, we will see Tokyo Sky Tree, Asahi Breweries' headquarters with its world-famous golden flame object.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center
From Sumida river, we will stroll to Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center. This is not not just a valuable source of sightseeing information, but one of Asakusa’s newest sightseeing attractions. This 8-story building, designed by a world famous Japanese architect, has a very striking structure with the appearance of a stack of separate wooden buildings that seem piled up on top of each other at different angles. From the open terrace Observation Deck on the 8th floor of the Center, we will have a preview of the entire tour course: not just Tokyo Sky Tree and Asahi Flame we have just seen but the landmarks we are going to see including Kaminarimon gate, Nakamise shopping street, Hozomon gate, Sensoji Temple, and more.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Kaminarimon gate ("Thunder Gate") is the outer of two large entrance gates that ultimately leads to the Sensō-ji temple. The gate, with its huge red lantern and statues, is popular among tourists. The guide will demystify this giant lantern and its surrounding objects.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon)
This shopping street connects Kaminarimon gate and Sensoji-temple's main gate. The 250 m approach is lined with a number of souvenir shops and food stalls. The guide will show you where to buy souvenirs you are interested in. The other fun part of strolling along it is that the guide will buy you traditional snacks in Asakusa; note that the guide may buy snacks in other places in the tour based on your preferences.
Toward the end of this long street, we will see a history tablets on its side which depict how Asakusa started and developed around Sensoji-temple.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

The Hōzōmon (Treasure-House Gate) is the inner of two large entrance gates that ultimately leads to the Sensō-ji temple (the outer being the Kaminarimon), Tokyo. A two-story gate, the Hōzōmon's second story houses many of the Sensō-ji's treasures. We will see two statues, three lanterns and two large sandals housed in the first story.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Senso-ji Temple
Between Hozomon gate and Sensoji's main hall, we have a lot to see and do.
On the left, we will see Five-storied Pagoda the second highest (53m-high) pagoda in Japan built in 942. It holds Buddha's ashes on its top floor given by Sri Lankan goverment and buddhist society for goodwill between Sri Lanka and Japan.
We will have three major things to observe or do before entering the temple's main hall.
- You will draw omikuji, or paper fortune, to predict your future (included in the costs you have already paid).
- Most Japanese stop at the huge bronze incense burner to bathe their hands and faces in the smoke. This is a ritual to ward off illnesses-before climbing the stairs to offer their prayers.
- Water purification fountain which people use to purify themselves before going inside the temple. You will also see a famous sculpture perching on the fountain.

We will now proceed to the main hall of the temple which is the climax of the tour. Look forward to what you will see and the guide will recount there!

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Asakusa Shrine
To those familiar with religions,it is unfathomable that Busshist temple and shinto shrine coexist on the same premises and share both their origins and worshipers. In that sense, Asakusa shrine is not just another shinto shrine in Japan. The guide will tell you why and you will found how these two religions are ingrained in life of the ordinary Japanese.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


The essence of spirit
OliveraH1, 04-01-2023
an unforgettable experience, a place where tradition embraces the present, where faith in the spirit defeats our ideas about modern life,
An unforgettable smell of the past with warm touches of Japanese cherry colour
Yoko is a lovely person!
thalesmtc, 02-01-2023
I made my Asakusa tour with Yoko during early January, she gave us a detailed tour about the main spots at the area and also explained all the details regarding the shrine and Buddhism culture. It was on the January 1st our tour, so the area was fully packed with people trying to visit the main shrine of Asakusa. I really enjoyed my time with Yoko and she even gave us some local snacks as part of the tour!
Fun Japanese history tour
Alex_P, 18-12-2022
The most was informed on Japanese history, and showed me treats that are generally served at temples.
Fun Asakusa road tour
166helenx, 15-09-2022
The tour around Sensoji was very informative and fun. The tour guides were super friendly and cute. Definitely recommend to anyone who’s interested in getting to know bit of local history!
Lots of history
Devan A, 22-12-2022
Our guide was super knowledgeable and kind. With 2 small children complaining the whole time, she was very patient and tried to cater the tour for our needs. Learned a lot about a very unique area of the city.

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