Today’s trip was to Asakusa (浅草), an area know for preserving some of the old Tokyo. We took the train to Asakusabashi and walked from there, which had the advantage that I got to see the same place as on my first evening in Japan, but people who don’t like walking might want to choose a different station.
The “Tokyo Skytree” is still under construction but already an impressive sight. I could catch a glimpse of the top yesterday, but today I could see it really well.
Kaminarimon (雷門, “thunder gate”) is the entrance to the area of shops and food stalls along the road to Senso-ji, a famous Buddhist temple, and a famous sight in itself.
Senso-ji has a beautiful pagoda.
From Asakusa we took a walk along the Sumidagawa river, which some of you might remember from my first blog post from Japan. Since the Edo era Yakata-bune (屋形船) boats on the river can be rented for private parties and similar events.
This bridge decoration corresponds with the Skytree in an interesting way.
Finally we got to the place where I had first seen the river. Compare!
From there we walked to Akihabara and took the train back to my hosts’ house after I bought something that will be revealed later.
Before returning home we stocked up on food and some other stuff. I was surprised to find a German style bakery – well, real German bakeries rarely have pictures of Neuschwanstein castle, but it’s close. 😉 I have yet to verify the bread quality, though.
Back at home, I could finally unwrap the figures I bought in Akihabara. 🙂
For those who aren’t in the know, these are Mikuru, Haruhi and Yuki (from left to right) from “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya“.