Tag Archives: Asakusa

23 December 2016: Asakusa Tatsumiya re-open (kimono tumblers in Tokyo)

Temporarily closed, the shop Asakusa Tatsumiya specialized in kimono tumblers is moving closer to Asakusa subway station and will re-open just 10 seconds away from the famous Kaminari-mon red Thunder Gate on 23 December 2016! We will gladly accompany you afterwards during a shopping tour in Tokyo city, to buy a kimono tumbler at the new shop if you love unique, beautiful things useful in everyday life 🙂

For readers visiting Asia who have not heard about kimono tumblers:

You really want to purchase a kimono tumbler made in Japan from the world leader before 23 December 2016? Order in English on the online store of Asakusa Tatsumiya:
http://tatsumiya-store.com

Enjoy Japanese products!

Tokyo tour: Asakusa for Muslims (with halal restaurants)

The Yes in Japan team organizes private & group tours in English suitable for Muslim tourists & businessmen in Asakusa, most famous tourist district of Tokyo and rare location of Japan with a choice of halal meals. In half a day, get photographed with the huge red lantern of Kaminarimon Thunder Gate, stroll in Nakamise shopping street, smell incense at Senso-ji Buddhist temple, hear hand claps when prayers start at Asakusa Shinto Shrine, visit small shops with good-quality kimonos made in Japan (including soft colourful yukata and sober samue), and savour ramen noodles with halal meat then a pudding for lunch or dinner…

In this video in English, the Muslim staff of Asakusa Naritaya (halal-certified restaurant with prayer room) cooks tasty ramen noodles:

You are less strict? The Japanese chef of Asakusa Teppan-taro cooks diverse Muslim-friendly okonomiyaki pancakes… Discover his restaurant described in English:

2017 should be busy so… contact us before travelling to Japan to learn more and make reservations 🙂

Travel tips for Tokyo: Rain or snow? Go to Asakusa area! (2015-2016)

Big rain or snow today during your stay in Tokyo or Yokohama? And you still have to explore the north-east of Tokyo? Go shopping and discover the Japanese culture and everyday life in covered areas: the modern Sky Tree tower, the culinary Kappabashi Dougu Street, traditional alleys near the holy Thunder Gate…

Precise travel tips from the Yes in Japan team for the end of autumn 2015, winter 2015-2016 and spring 2016:

  • Enjoy and photograph cute cats at Neko Zan Mai,
  • Examine traditional instruments and play music at the Drum Museum,
  • Experience the art of ukiyo-e woodblock printing at Mokuhankan,
  • Join a washoku cooking lesson at Chagohan Tokyo,
  • Play a fun game at Escape Hunt Japan (3 rooms in Asakusa),
  • Relax at the public bath & hot spring Jakotsuyu,
  • Savour ramen noodles in hot soup at Asakusa Naritaya,
  • Slowly shop at Don Quijote Asakusa,
  • Try Japanese activities at Jidaiya,
  • Watch an original fashion & dance show with Japanese dancers at Tokyo Rhapsody,
  • In family, let your small child discover the “baby” floor of Panda Café.

Learn more about the area and how to access it on our “Get Japan map of Asakusa” page and… do not forget your umbrella in the subway or at a shop 🙂
Map of Kappabashi, Asakusa & Sky Tree (Tokyo, Japan) - Inner

Konjaku Kimono Kocho in Tokyo: Directions, maps and photo

Konjaku Kimono Kocho is in Tokyo at the intersection of Denboin street and Orange street, near Asakusa subway station (5 minutes north-west from exit 1). This exciting (and unexpectedly cheap!) shop is “F4” on the Get Japan map of Asakusa 2015-2016:
Map of Kappabashi, Asakusa & Sky Tree (Tokyo, Japan) - Inner

The statue of the robber “Nezumi-kozo” on the roof makes it easy to recognize the entrance of Konjaku Kimono Kocho:
Entrance of Konjaku Kimono Kocho (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Rental in Tokyo: Bicycles at Rin Project Customer Shop

Rent a bicycle and ride it in Tokyo or from Tokyo to Kamakura or Saitama! In Asakusa area, Rin Project Customer Shop is a Japanese designer and maker of cycling accessories/clothes made in Japan since 2003. Reserve early!

Cycling from Rin Project Customer Shop (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

A few prices:

  • Bicycle rental (1 day): 3.240 yens
  • Bicycle rental (2 days): 5.400 yens
  • Rin Project helmet: 12.960 yens
  • Rin Project trousers: 11.880 yens

Note: You can pay by credit card when renting or shopping at Rin Project Customer Shop.

Asakusa + Kappabashi + Skytree: 1 day in Tokyo!

Spend a great day in Tokyo enjoying the Japanese culture, architecture and shopping without tour guide by walking from Kappabashi “Kitchen town” to Asakusa district then to the Tokyo Skytree!

  1. Ride a subway to Tawaramachi station.
  2. Walk to the south entrance of Kappabashi street; a giant “chef” head with the name Niimi is on a roof on its left and a small police station is on its right.
  3. Explore the shops of the “kitchen town” on both sides of Kappabashi street; they sell high-quality cooking knives, tableware, fake food, uniforms, lanterns… mostly from 09:00 to 17:00. Will you notice the golden statue of a mythical kappa on your way?
  4. Walk to the ancient Thunder Gate, which features a giant red lantern as well as a statue of the God of Thunder “Raijin” (left side) and a statue of the God of the Wind “Fujin” (right side).
  5. Enjoy the ambiance of the Nakamise shopping street from the Thunder Gate to Senso-ji Buddhist temple. You cannot miss the beautiful pagoda but… what about Buddha’s giant straw sandals?
  6. Visit Asakusa Shinto shrine on the right of Senso-ji’s main hall.
  7. Pay a small fee to get a “go-shuin” (sheet of paper with holy seal and calligraphy) at a small building on the left of Senso-ji’s main hall. Did you see the Japanese carps on your way?
  8. Explore the diverse small shops from the north-west to the south-west of Senso-ji and lunch at an attractive restaurant when you feel hungry. Japanese travel agencies usually recommend restaurants serving tempura fried seafood & vegetables near Asakusa station but you can also find sushi raw fish, ramen noodles, Indian food… Rokku entertainment district even features restaurants with musical shows!
  9. Walk to Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Centre and enjoy a great view from its 8th floor! This is an excellent photo/video spot for Senso-ji and its surroundings, the modern Asahi Beer headquarters, and the new Tokyo Skytree 🙂
  10. Cross the bridge over the Sumida river and follow the main street to reach Tokyo Skytree.
  11. Observe Tokyo city during the afternoon or evening from the observation decks of the sky tree (open until 22:00). Beware, night falls early in Japan!
  12. Relax at a coffee shop or dine in a restaurant of Solamachi shopping mall at the bottom of Tokyo Skytree.
  13. Go outside to photograph the sky tree colourfully illuminated at night before entering the nearby Tokyo Sky tree station or Oshiage station to return to your ryokan traditional inn, hotel, guest house, or apartment 🙂

Use a local map of Sumida and Taito wards to find your way and/or customize this plan… Any comment or suggestion? E-mail the Yes in Japan team or add your message on social networks 🙂