Tokyo - Asakusa & Sumida River (PDF Chapter)
This is the Asakusa & Sumida River chapter from Lonely Planet’s Tokyo guide-book.
Tokyo’s eastern neighbourhoods, on the banks of Sumida-gawa, have an old-Tokyo feel, with temples and shrines, gardens, traditional restaurants and artisan shops. This is where the city’s merchants and artisans lived during the Edo period.
- soak up the atmosphere (and the incense) at Asakusa’s centuries-old temple complex, Senso-ji, and browsing the craft stalls of Nakamise-dori
- catch the salt-slinging, belly-slapping ritual of sumo at one of the city’s four annual tour-naments at Ryogoku Kokugikan
- learn about life in old Edo at the excellent Edo-Tokyo Museum, with full-scale reconstructions of famous buildings
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