Experience the surviving and evolving culture in the fast-paced Japanese capital where its heritage goes back from hundreds of years to millennia. From appreciation of the arts and gardens to cosplay and religious worship, the interests of Tokyoites can be staggeringly varied.
Experience the old Edo culture of Tokyo in this bustling district, which was once a theatre and entertainment hub. Today, the centre of attraction shifts to Sensoji temple which pays homage to Kannon (Goddess of Mercy), attracting thousands of visitors each day.
Sandalwood incense, shuincho stamp print and sutra booklets make good souvenirs. Huge crowds congregate on festival days of the temples and shrines to watch the processions, the biggest of which is the Sanja Matsuri in May.
Shophouses built in the 1950s-60s still offer 19th century services and goods, from ryokan stays to geisha services. Grilled eel, loaches cooked in hotpot, hot millet dough with red bean paste, tempura and rice crackers are among the old-school bites offered here.
Try old-world gaming in an ageing amusement park or catch a classic Japanese movie at a cinema.Admission
2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0032, Japan
Sensoji temple compound is open 24/7, but the main hall is open from 6am to 5pm daily (it opens from 6.30am between October and March).
Best way to get there
Take the Metro Ginza line to Asakusa station.