On the Nakamise Dori Street, the street leading to the Sensoji Temple, you will see the Nakamise Market, which offers many stalls and shops, with Edo art crafts, traditional Japanese clothing, kimonos and many tourist memorabilia.
At the entrance to the Sensoji Buddhist Temple stands a large two-story red gate called Kaminarimon. The name of the gate means "God of Thunder," and indeed, on the gate you can see the decorations of the figures of the gods of the wind and the thunder.
On the second floor of the gate there is a library in which Buddhist and antique books are preserved. The gate, the pagodas and the other structures in the Temple were destroyed during World War II, and reconstructed with precision.
After the Kaminarimon Gate, enter the road that leads to the temple, a 300-meter road with a colorful and spectacular street market. In this market you will see hundreds of colorful and cozy stalls offering local souvenirs, fortune tellers and other intriguing Japanese surprises.
Both to the Sensoji Temple and to the large market adjacent to it, the entrance is free.
Between the 17th and 19th centuries, when Tokyo was the capital of the military Tokugawa Shogunate, the Asakusa area was the center of their entertainment.
Today Asakusa is one of the most important historical sites in Tokyo, a place reminiscent of Tokyo of other, earlier times.