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Updated: Jul 6, 2020

Tokyo is a very vibrant city, with tons of people, traffic and modern skyscrapers. But in the midst of all the concrete and flashy signs, you can find traditional Tokyo. In Asakusa there is a marketplace with all kinds of traditional Japanese food and souvenirs, with a bright red gate and an enormous lantern in the front and a beautiful shrine in the back. Here you should try the traditional mochi, make a wish in the holy smoke, draw a omikuji (written fortune), and get a fortune souvenir from the shrine. You can also find many cool traditional restaurants and bars (many marked with a little red lantern by the door) throughout the city. I really enjoyed this side of Tokyo; I love to explore other cultures and experience the things that define them.

Here are some of my favorite photos from my trip to Japan May 2019 of the more traditional side of Tokyo city, enjoy!



Sensoji Temple, Asakusa

Eel sushi - recommend trying this!

Tie up your bad fortune to make it a good one!


Soba noodles - my favorite Japanese dish!

Check out this Asakusa guide

+ this guide to the traditional Yanaka district!


You are amazing!


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