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    Asakusa District of Tokyo is most famous for Sensoji Temple (sometimes referred to as Asakusa Temple), a long with the surrounding temples and shrines. The district features many festivals run by the many temples and shrines in the area. The most popular festival is Sanja Matsuri which is held in May each year. Sanja Matsuri is one of the three great Shinto festivals held in Tokyo attracting over 1.5 million people over three days.

    Asakusa also features a Geisha district, which is Tokyo’s oldest. There are said to be over forty Geisha actively working in the district.

    Kaminari Gate, Kaminarimon, of Sensoji Temple

    Kaminari Gate, Kaminarimon, of Sensoji Temple

    Every two years the very colorful and popular Asakusa Samba Carnival is held attracting around 500,000 people. While it might seem strange that there would such a large samba festival held in Tokyo, there is a very good reason. There is a very large Japanese community in Brazil, and as such some of the culture has returned to Japan along with the flow of people.

    Asakusa District is part of the Taito Ward is to the north east of central Tokyo.

    Asakusa Attractions

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      Asakusa has to be one of my favorite places in all of Japan. I can’t describe what makes it so amazing. It just is. Perhaps its because this is where I have met and made friends with dozens of people. Something about the atmosphere here just makes people excitable. I go to Kappabashi-dori for kitchenware and to Nakamise-dori for Japanese items. There’s also a ninja shop and school on Hanayashiki-dori that I can’t get enough of.

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