Asakusa, Japan

Asakusa is a district in Tokyo, most famously known for being home to the Sensoji Temple. Sensoji is a Buddhist temple that was built in the 7th century (645 AD to be exact), making it Japan’s oldest temple. Visitors enter through the Kaminarimon (thunder gate) which is known as a symbol of Asakusa. Between the thunder gate and the inner gate (Hozomon), you walk along a shop-lined street known as Nakamise – which has a centuries old history as well. Our local Japanese friends assisted us in omikuji (fortune-telling), but I ended up with a bad fortune and had to tie it to the wall alongside the other bad fortunes – maybe next time!

For lunch we ate at Sushi Zanmai which is only a few short blocks from the Sensoji temple. Sushi Zanmai is home to the famous Japanese chef who is known for purchasing the winning tuna at the Tsukiji fish market auction – and for a major price tag! Whether or not our lunch was from the huge tuna won at the auction, it was the best tuna I’ve had in Japan so far.

After spending the day shopping and sightseeing, we made our way to Tokyo Bay for our dinner cruise. This was an awesome all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink, two-hour event where you cook your own food (such as okonomiyaki – ‘Japanese pancakes’), and enjoy the gorgeous sunset over Tokyo’s skyline while cruising around Tokyo Bay. This was a great experience with a group a friends & one that I highly recommend!

I even managed to get a few great pictures of Tokyo Tower throughout the day 🙂

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