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  • So if we cross over onto the other side Street and go into the covered arcade

  • There's a little bit of a secret. I want to show you guys

  • I've lived in the area of Asakusa

  • here, for the last ten years or so and since I'm moving out

  • I thought today would be a good time to give you guys a full tour of

  • The area and while it might be difficult to show you guys the entire

  • area what I'm gonna do today is turn the camera around and show you as much of this area as I possibly

  • can

  • Let's get started.

  • So right in this area there's actually three stations that give you access to Asakusa

  • there's the Ginza line the Asakusa line and over here

  • There's the Tobu Skytree line. This right here is the Tokyo

  • cruise building a lot of people don't know but you can actually take a

  • boat from Asakusa to Odaiba or vice versa

  • these boats will also take you to places like Hamarikyu or

  • There's night tours with the building right there

  • You usually get on the buses right down here right? Here is the ever famous

  • view of the sky tree and the asahi building of this building here is supposed to look like

  • Beer with foam on top and this right here is well a lot of people just call the golden poop

  • Let me know what you think in the comments this area here along

  • The river has always been one of my favorite places to just sit and relax and decompress

  • Especially after shooting a video this particular boat here goes to the Hamarikyu Gardens

  • Which is a beautiful garden

  • Located fairly centrally in Tokyo that has almost no people in it and the area up here along

  • The river is a very very popular cherry blossom viewing spot when walking through Asakusa

  • It is not uncommon to be lucky enough to see something like a Japanese wedding going on as well. In this building right here

  • There's actually a company called Tokyo kitchen

  • Which will enable you to do like

  • Cooking lessons and learn how to cook some cool Japanese food and there's a beautiful bamboo grove along here as well

  • If you make your way a little bit further down the river

  • There's actually cafes and whatnot over here

  • And I actually used to play shamisen at night right there

  • And if you come down even further there is a kids park here, but I actually wanted to show you these art

  • installations which were put here

  • solely to

  • Point towards or showcase the sky tree

  • In fact, this tube here is kind of interesting

  • You can see this country from inside so you can actually stick your head in

  • Here and there's like a little grate where you can see the Sky Tree you can kind of see during the day

  • But it looks a lot better at night when the sky trees all lit up. If you continue down the river just a little bit

  • More you'll get more cherry blossoms, and there's a Sports Center over there and to the left of it

  • There's actually a hidden cherry blossom Park that almost

  • Nobody knows about I'm gonna link a video right up here now

  • The river area alone is nice enough that you could probably spend a whole day here

  • But let's head back into the main area of Asakusa so I can show that to you

  • Norm! Hey! (Norm: Hi, nice to meet you!) Nice to meet you, I'm a huge fan!

  • (Norm: Ah, no way!) Thank you so much for stopping!

  • (No, no, thank you.) We saw last week about the secret sakura spots. (Yeah. Yeah)and we're hoping to go check another one out

  • That's awesome. That's amazing. So, thank you. Thank you so much

  • That was a lot of fun. All right, we're gonna get back to it. Also purple train. This one's my favorite

  • Also from time to time especially during Hanami season along the river they have vendors for food like yakisoba over there

  • And as we get back closer to the station area, there's a ton of restaurants and izakaya

  • Japanese bars here

  • One of my favorite places eat being Ichiran

  • Which is a ramen shop that allows you to customize your noodles and have private dining experiences

  • I'll link a video and right on the corner here

  • You'll find Kamiya bar, which is not only one of the best bars in Tokyo

  • But it's also one of the oldest. This is one of the only buildings remaining in Asakusa from after the war

  • And while it is a pretty good place to eat

  • It's actually really well known for this right here, which is called Denki Bran its in-house alcohol

  • Which is sweet and rather interesting

  • I recommend this and right in front of kaminarimon you will find the tourist information center

  • Which actually has one of the best views of Asakusa let's go in and I'll show you

  • Now there is a cafe up here but the real attraction is the viewing deck

  • It gives you a gorgeous view of the area of Asakusa

  • including the nakamise street and the temple

  • And depending on the day and time this place can get kind of popular but as you can see behind me

  • It is not a super crowded spot. So it's a nice area to check out also

  • This place has a lot of other stuff to show I'll just show one or two of them. Let's take the stairs down

  • The seventh floor has a bit of an exhibition space and the sixth floor has a multi-purpose room

  • Which has like a theater and performance space every now and then they're showing little films here or you get to watch live

  • Japanese performances here, which is kind of amazing. I really like this space and the second floor is just plain beautiful

  • In fact if you're not adverse to stairs

  • I highly recommend taking the stairs up and down because the elevators can get kind of crowded

  • so next let's head right into the main area of Asakusa starting with kaminarimon and the nakamise

  • Shopping street. I don't really think this area needs an introduction. But at the same time things wouldn't be complete without it

  • So let me show you quickly

  • now that nakamise shopping street is

  • Incredibly popular

  • It leads all the way up to Sensō-ji temple up there and a little bit of a pro tip if you do do shopping

  • Here go more for food than the souvenirs unless you can't find them anywhere else

  • Almost just as interestingly as nakamise street are the streets are on the side

  • Let me show you one of them over here

  • now the side streets are filled with tons of little shops one that I really like

  • Is this one here which sells tumblers that are made out of gorgeous kimono material. Look at this

  • I've never seen a tumblr like that anywhere

  • Each one of the side streets is also just jam-packed with little shops restaurants

  • You name it.

  • for example

  • This shop is really popular for something called melon pan and it's always lined up and this place here called the Sekai

  • cafe is known for having halal and

  • vegan, vegetarian

  • options and right down here is one of my favorite places to meet locals in the area of Asakusa called Rastamans Cafe.

  • This place is really good. You can make lots of friends here. One of the popular local foods in Asakusa is called okonomiyaki

  • This place is really good for it here also

  • In Asakusa you'll find a lot of these little streets like this

  • That line up really beautifully with the Sky Tree so you can get amazing pictures

  • These little streets are and always have been one of my favorite things about the area of Asakusa

  • Let's keep going and about 60 meters or so from the kaminarimon area

  • You'll find this street here, which is called Shin Nakamise Dori

  • and it's a covered shopping arcade. It would take me an entire day just to show you all of this.

  • There's a lot of interesting stuff in there shops, restaurants

  • You name it. Before we continue on I want to show you this agemanju place right here

  • Which is right on the corner by Shin Nakamise this shop sells agemanju which are a little fried

  • manju that have like bean paste inside of them and they're pretty cheap. They're like a dollar this place is really good

  • I recommend it. Alright this area really crowded. Let's get back to the side street

  • So if we cross over onto the other side street and go into the covered arcade

  • There's a little bit of a secret

  • I want to show you guys. Now be forewarned that this isn't the best of hidden spots. In fact, it kind of stinks

  • but if you like hidden spots

  • Right over here as you get to the end of the arcade here. You'll see this little tunnel right here

  • But this tunnel leads to an entire underground

  • World of little shops and restaurants and O sake and you name it, but even better

  • Yet is what we find when we get to the other end down here. As we come around this corner over here

  • there's an exit now, there's a cheap little ramen shop right in front of the exit with ramen for like

  • 380 yen

  • But it's what the exit leads to

  • You see the exit leads you to that area where I almost started at near the station

  • So if you come out of the station and you want to avoid the rain

  • You can just let me show you it actually connects directly to the Ginza line. So if we go this way just pass the ramen shop

  • That's actually entrance to the Ginza line right there. Just realize it feels kind of creepy down here sometimes. Oh,

  • and the Sakae place was ninja bar with a burnt-out neon sign.

  • So coming back out of the entrance we went into

  • We're gonna go this way and then turn right

  • You'll find yourself on this street here, which oddly enough is

  • Usually not this crowded but you want to go ahead into this tiny little space here now. Let's head over there

  • So this is the street here. So on the right side, you're gonna have the Tokyo Skytree on the left side

  • You're gonna have nakamise and you want to head right in this way

  • Now if you like Kaisendon, which is basically sashimi on a bowl of rice

  • this place is really good and the owner is

  • super friendly

  • This guy here fantastic definitely come check it out there

  • And actually just a little bit down from his shop is one of the best restaurants available in Tokyo at all

  • And that is this place here?

  • Kikko, where you can listen to live

  • Japanese tsugaru shamisen. I'll link a video

  • So with Kikko over there and the Sensoji temple right there,

  • there's another temple right here that has a beautiful bell and if you ever come out Asakusa for any of the

  • Festivals. This is a great place right here to pick up some of your festival gear now

  • There's no shortage of videos showcasing the temple. So we're gonna head over this way

  • So directly to the left of the temple, there's an entire little park hidden here

  • That's just beautiful

  • Now it's a little more crowded because of the sakura right now

  • But there's a little bridge here

  • It's got a little bit of a waterfall running through it and on the other side and there are koi in the pond

  • right down here

  • Now coming out of this little temple park down this way is Hanayashiki

  • which is Japan's oldest theme park and it's still active and

  • Down this way. There's another covered arcade. I want to show you guys. This is it right here

  • It also has one of these melon pan shops and although it's closed today

  • This is one of the best places in Asakusa to get kimonos this Ogawa

  • There's also an entire shop here just for swords and weapons and ninja stuff and all that

  • And at night when all the people clear out it is a beautiful spot to get some photos also if we head over this way

  • There's a place that has been famously dubbed "vines covered restaurants street" That's right

  • I want to give you a quick show. This is it here and in the summer when all these vines are fully green

  • this is a beautiful Street either just get some photos or

  • Come and have a drink at one of the local little bars or watering holes. Now coming out of the street will land you right

  • beside the hanayashiki

  • theme park and

  • Right over here there's a street called Hisago Dori and there's a really cheap ramen restaurant in there

  • I want to show you guys. So this is

  • Hisago Dori right here and the ramen shop is right at the entrance now to be honest. The ramen is really subpar, but it's only

  • 320 yen

  • You can get a ticket at the vending machine and then just sit right there at the counter or sometimes they put out a table

  • This covered arcade is also home to the wired hotel

  • Which is a really nice and fancy place to stay in the area of Asakusa as well as the Edo traditional crafts center

  • which used to be more of like a museum, but either way it's a cool place to check out if you like culture and

  • It's free to get in

  • So that's a thing. Just around the corner over here is the appropriately named sakura hostel

  • Which is a really cheap place to stay in Asakusa. Actually, This is my first time to ever see with the sakura

  • and I just remember that the department store near the station where we first started actually has rooftop access

  • I forgot to show you that let me show you quickly. This is the rooftop area right here

  • And there's almost no people

  • Let me show you the view so you can't really see it right now

  • But these Sakura balls actually light up at night and here we have a beautiful view of the river

  • And there's the golden poop. Are you laughing at the golden poop?

  • (That's what I said when I saw it!)

  • See it's not just me, it's not just me. Okay, let's head back. So yeah, that's also another cool spot. Sorry

  • That one was a little bit out of order

  • and I should mention that this covered arcade is also home to a lot of old traditional Japanese kissaten or cafes and

  • A couple narrow back streets that are house several fairly good

  • Yakiniku restaurants like this one here

  • They're good when they're open and also they're kind of pricey

  • So I wouldn't really recommend it but they're good but coming back out of the covered arcade

  • we're gonna head over to this street here, which lines up the cover arcade that we were in before and is also home to

  • This place called nine hours, which is a really fancy

  • Interesting and new capsule hotel here in Asakusa, but perhaps just as interesting is what's going on down the street over

  • Here on the street called Hoppy street or this right here even up here

  • We have the Richmond hotel and the shopping center called Marugoto Nippon

  • Which has a lot of food and souvenirs and whatnot from around Japan

  • So if you can't make it to some prefectures, you can probably grab some stuff in here from that Prefecture

  • but this street here is called Hoppy Street, and it's basically just an entire Street of

  • outdoor bars and

  • restaurants, like if you're looking to drink in Asakusa, this is the go-to place for

  • A lot of people. It even breaks off into little side alleys and as you come out of hoppy Street

  • It lines up with one of my favorite streets here in Asakusa

  • called Denpoin Dori or Denpoin Street

  • Which is by far one of the more beautiful streets in the area

  • Now if you turn around this way, there are some arcades over here. One of my favorites here

  • Is this Taito station Game Center and there are batting cages here in the rox dome game and Sports Center

  • They don't tend to be super excited to see the camera, but there's a lot of cool stuff in there

  • There's also another fairly cool game Center right here

  • Although I prefer the other one and right around the corner from here is the Rox shopping center

  • Which is actually broken into two buildings this one here and one over here

  • This one has like a uniqlo and onsen. Daiso hundred yen shop

  • This one over here has a sports field up on top as well as a lot of great shops

  • Inside including one of my favorite a dagashi shop. Regular viewers will know how much I love dagashi.

  • This is it right here for those of you who don't know dagashi

  • are like Japanese penny candy. A lot of the candies that you can buy in this shop are like 10 cents 20 cents

  • They're just really cheap and really good and for bubble tea lovers. This place is also home to

  • Gong cha, exiting the side of the shopping center actually brings us into that shin nakamise

  • shopping arcade, to the covered one and

  • Turning the street brings us back to where we just were and this street here is actually filled with history and culture

  • Like for example this comedy theater right here