On this morning I stayed in and around the hotel, I would have a dinner date that evening so most of the day I spent checking around the local area in Asakusa.
Asakusa is the center of Tokyo’s shitamachi (literally “low city”), one of Tokyo’s districts, where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of past decades survives. The main attraction is Sensoji, a popular Buddist temple, built in the 7th century but rebuilt after the 2nd world war.
Asakusa can easily be explored on foot but you can consider taking a guided tour on a rickshaw (jinrikisha, literally “man powered vehicle”). I did not do the rickshaw ride but spent my time walking around and checking out the temple and local food.
This riverside park stretches along both sides of Sumida River for several hundred meters. In spring it becomes a popular cherry blossom viewing spot. I walked this park and already some tree’s had blossom on them.
Tokyo Sky Tree
The Tokyo Skytree is a television broadcasting tower and landmark of Tokyo. It is the centrepiece of the Tokyo Skytree Town in the Sumida City Ward, not far away from Asakusa. During my walks around Asakusa I could always see the tower. I spent most of this day at Sumida park, the weather was nice and sunny. Already there were some trees with blossom on it and lots of birds were picking on these trees. At around 18:00 I took the Yamanote line to Shinjuku, I had a dinner date with a long time friend. We met during my first trip to Japan and spent some time during a festival in South Korea. We were going to meet there at 19:00.