15 Truly Astounding Places To Visit In Japan

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Asakusa

Tokyo is a modern metropolis, but in Asakusa, the city’s traditional past can still be discovered. Tourists head here to visit the traditional shops and food stalls on Nakamise — the district’s main street — whilst the ancient Sensoji-ji temple, dating back to the seventh century, is always a popular spot.

Explore by foot or take a rickshaw, getting around is easy here, and you’ll soon leave Tokyo’s skyscrapers and modern glass buildings behind. It’s like taking a trip back in time and, although the streets here can get crowded, it’s an experience that must not be missed.

For those interested in Japan’s traditional festivals, the third weekend in May is a good time to visit, when the Sanja Matsuri — the Three Shrine Festival — comes to town. Dating back to 1649, this is Tokyo’s most famous such event, attracting more than one million people and always an experience to savour.