[TRAVEL DIARY] JAPAN APRIL 2016 – ASAKUSA 여행 다이어리 2016 : 일본 1편 아사쿠사

Hello hello, dear reader! I’m back at it again with the Travel Diary series! For today, I’m here with a short post about my experience at one of Japan’s traditional areas, Asakusa!

To get there, get onto the Ginza line, Asakusa would be at the end of it. Just get off at Asakusa station, and there you have it! Traditional downtown and a road-ful of shops.

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You’ll be greeted by a large temple at the center, and it looks like this up close:

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It’s not too long of a walk from the station, and you’ll enjoy your way as you pass by various shops that offer Japanese goods. There are also stores that have statues posing by entrances or even on their roof, like so:

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Sight-seeing doesn’t stop there! There are other temples around that huge one showed earlier, and I didn’t enter them anymore since my companions didn’t really want to.

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There’s also one area that has a water well wherein people “cleanse themselves”

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There are scoops to catch water, but oh my goodness, please don’t drink directly off of it- Imagine the other lips that has touched, or will be touching that hahahuhu

And really, you’re not supposed to drink it. You’re just supposed to rinse your hands and mouth with the water. Besides, this ritual had the purpose of cleansing you before standing infront of the deity.

Anywaaay. Moving on to the last leg of this post.

I was walking around when I spotted a special stall!

It initially caught my attention because of how the food looks like, but it turns out to be a Trip Advisor topper too!

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Shown above is a famous melon bread. 1 for 200 yen, and 500 yen for 3 of them. It claimed to be sweet, but it isn’t actually really that sweet. It doesn’t taste much like melon either. But it’s a good bread anyway. Worth a try but I personally can’t say that it’s a repeat-worthy.

If you’re into traditional places and temple sightings, Asakusa is the place to go! You get the purest Japanese food and novelty, you get to experience rituals, and you even get to bump into people wearing Japan’s traditional costume! Not only is the place experience-worthy, it’s also photo-worthy ;D

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