Asakusa is a slice of old Japan in the big Tokyo metropolis, and is the home of Senso-ji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo. Enter the temple through the world-renown Kaminari-mon, or Thunder Gate, under the giant red lantern, and say hello to gods of Thunder and Wind on either side of you. Following the gate, you’ll find yourself on Nakamise-dori, a shopping street full of tantalizing traditional snacks and souvenirs. We recommend the ningyo-yaki (doll cakes!), age-manjyu, and the melon bread!

Explore Asakusa on a traditional rickshaw, or take a leisurely stroll along the Sumida river during cherry blossom season. Sample 7 types of matcha gelato at the famous Suzukien. Or if you’re thirsty, venture to Asahi Beer Tower for great views and great beer. For even grander views, Tokyo Skytree is only a few steps away. If you’re here in May, catch the Sanja Matsuri at Sensoji Temple, or for something different, the Samba festival in August.