On a recent business travel to Japan I managed to squirrel away one half day, and to enjoy that going out in the city and looking for ancient times Tokyo.
Needless to say, this was not an easy choice given that there are tons of places to see in the city. I had an additional task from my family – “…buy a yukata present for us”! So having two difficult objectives, of course I turned to my hotel concierge services with the all important question – “…I have only 3 hours. Where do I find a good yukata and how do acquire them..”?
I was told that the Nakamise street sells tons of traditional Japanese arts and crafts products and is a good place to look for those yukatas I needed to purchase.
Nakamise street is located in the Asakusa area – and yes, as you can imagine, it is located on the Asakusa Line. The shopping street has approximately 50-stores and majority of them deal / sell traditional wares including many ornamental / souvenir items
On the same street you will also find yourself looking at a great temple – actually THE OLDEST temple in Tokyo – the Senso-Ji Temple.
So, you went to Nakamise street to find some good souvenirs and ended up being told the story of Tokyo’s oldest temple and worship another half an hour…
As I understood, the temple is VERY old – it was established (with its initial worship hall) in and around 645 AD, by a Buddhist priest. Over the centuries, the temple has continued to be used both as a pilgrimage site as well as a worship place; On the day I visited, the place was already mobbed around 10 am. – tons of people and as a result actually not very pleasant to stroll around – eventhough the grounds are beautifully landscaped – the large number of people made it less than attractive for my stroll. Here are a few more photos from the temple:
Finally, to the most important questions: Fee? No! It is FREE!!!; Operation Hours: Apparently it is open from 6:00 to 17:00; but the grounds are always open;