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8 Hours Left in Japan? Head to Asakusa for Last-Minute Experiences

April 23, 2020 North Asia News No Comments
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It’s your last day in Japan, you have eight hours to fill before going to the airport and you have nothing planned. Here’s how you can experience both the modern and traditional charm of Asakusa 8 hours before leaving Japan.

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Asakusa is a popular destination for visitors to Tokyo, providing an array of historical, cultural and culinary delights, as well as countless modern shopping and entertainment experiences.

1. Try your hand at a traditional Craft before lunch

If you haven’t tried any Japanese cultural experiences yet, Asakusa is the perfect place to do it. Here you can find Ameshin, a store who specialises in Amezaiku – is a unique Japanese candy art which originated around the 8th century.

The small sculptures are made by cutting, pulling and crafting heated candy into various shapes. Ameshin’s Hanakawado Studio by Sensoji Temple offers Amezaiku workshops where you can create your own to take home and show off, while the store in TOKYOSolamachiSM sells the final product if you are not confident with your artistic skills.

2. See more than the Skyline at TOKYO SKYTREE©

TOKYO SKYTREE- the 634-metre-high, the world’s tallest free-standing tower, is one of the most iconic landmarks of Tokyo. Make your way up the TOKYO SKYTREE to see the 360° views of the cityscape from the upper observation deck ‘Tembo Galleria’, the tower’s highest point at 451.2 metres.

TOKYO Solamachi is a modern multiplex shopping and entertainment centre that is located underneath TOKYO SKYTREE. It has over 300 hundred shopping and entertainment facilities, restaurants as well as a planetarium and aquarium.

These facilities together allow visitors to do some last-minute souvenir shopping and take some photogenic photos overlooking the metropolis at sunset from the observatory.

TOKYO SKYTREE is an 18-minute walk from Asakusa. The best route is to walk through TOKYO mizumachi – the new outdoor entertainment complex under elevated railway tracks to open later this year. You can also get to Tokyo Skytree Station on a 2-minute train ride from Asakusa by using the Tobu Railway.

3. Grab a final drink at Asakusa’s Hoppy Street 

Located just a 5-minute walk from Asakusa Station, ‘Hoppy Street’ – known to locals as ‘Hoppy Dori’ is an 80m stretch of road lined with ‘hole-on-the-wall’ Japanese bars and is the perfect place to try some local cuisine and have one final drink before heading to the airport.

‘Hoppy’ itself is an alcoholic drink made by mixing a carbonated hops beverage with Shochu –alcohol made from potato or Barley. The drink has been loved by locals in downtown Tokyo since its production began in 1948 when beer was considered to be a luxury item.

The many small bars of Hoppy Street have indoor and outdoor seating, each with their own quaint atmosphere that allows you to mingle with the locals. The bars have their own specialty menus which go perfectly with any drink, the perfect way to finish your journey to Japan.

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