My favorite place to stay in Tokyo, Japan's capital city, is Asakusa, in the Taito district. It's not only beautiful, but has an Interesting history and some of the best restaurants in the city.
In Asakusa, you will find the Sensō-ji shrine – the oldest shrine in Tokyo. It's a Buddhist shrine that you enter through a giant gate that many of you will recognize from postcards and pictures.
The causeway to the main hall is usually crowded with tourists buying o-miyage (souvenirs) at the many booths and stalls. I absolutely recommend walking this path at least once at night, when the shrine is illuminated and you can enjoy the wonderful view without bumping into other people. There's also a little park next to the main hall that is nearly empty at night.
The Sumida River flows through the district, so there are many bridges; those which are accessible to pedestrians all have different colors.
On the other side, you can take a 20 minute walk to see the Tokyo Sky Tree, Japan's largest building and the world's second largest. It was opened in 2012 and is 2080 ft high – the view from the top is absolutely stunning, but you better be not afraid of heights (like me).
It's a Flame
When you're at the red bridge in Asakusa, you have the perfect view of the Asahi Beer Hall – or as anyone else calls it – “The Golden Turd”. It's supposed to represent a flame, but... come on. It obviously looks like someone took a sh** at the top of the building.
Near the red bridge you can hop on a boat and take a tour to Odaiba, and see the Taitō district from the water. The tour does not take long and is really nice for a short relaxing time.
The Sumida River has been portrayed in many art pieces by famous Japanese artists, such as Hokusai or Hiroshige. Legends also tell about Kappa (small water goblins, which are famous in Japanese mythology) living in the Sumida River. People tell stories that they once helped redirect the water from heavy rainfalls to avoid flooding. Therefore, Kappa are still worshiped a lot in Asakusa.
Although you can find an infinite number of restaurants, there are some places I recommend you visit when you're staying in Asakusa. One of them is Sometaro, a place for delicious okonomiyaki. You get the batter and can mix and fry it at your table. There's also Daikokuya, one of the oldest restaurants in Tokyo. It serves great tendon (tempura on rice bowl). If you want to enjoy your dinner while taking a breathtaking view over the city – voilà, go book a table at the restaurant in the Tokyo Sky Tree. There are many other great restaurant chains such as Coco Curry, Tenya or Ikinari Steak...i’m getting hungry just remembering them.
When you plan your visit to Tokyo, make sure to stay one day or night at least in Asakusa. Have you been there before? Let me know in the comments and tell me your favorite places and restaurants there!