Today I spend my time in Asakusa and Sumida. I jogged a short time in the morning (would have been a longer run, if I’d had chosen the right way but I didn’t and so I ended up jogging through the city…)
Still I found my way back and took a gorgeous hot bath in the onsen once again.
Afterwards I decided to start my look around the part of Tokyo. My way brought me to the Sensoji-Temple and Asakusa Jinja-Shrine, from which I got immediately to the Nakamise-Dori and at the end of this street of tourist attractions and souvenir shops and food stores (I bought a melon pan) there was the Kaminari-mon (Thunder Gate) with it’s huge lantern. On the other side of the street, I found the Asakusa culture tourist information centrum. The house looked really nice and they had a lot of information and guide books in many different languages as well.
Standing in front of this building, I could already get a look at Sumida River and the building of Asashi Breweries LTD. I just stepped by and did not take a look at the cafè or the place where you can try the beer inside yet.From there I walked at the riverside in north-east direction to get to the Mukojima Hyakkaen Garden. Near the river were the first sakura trees which were in bloom.
As I arrived at the Garden, I found out that it has an entrance fee, so I decided to just have a look at it from outside the railing and then moved back.
On my way to this park, I met a very nice man who talked with me even though he could barely understand English as well as I could barely understand Japanese. So it was a little hard but still fun to talk to him. When I was on my way back from the park, He recognized me immediately and we chatted again a little.
Then I walked towards the Tokyo Skytree. I did not pay attention for which street I should choose because such a huge building can hardly be missed. Still the distance was quite far so it took me around 1 ½ hours to finally get there, but it was really worth it. Even though I did not drive to it’s top but just had a look at it from he ground, there was very much other stuff to enjoy. Around the basis of he Tokyo Skytree is Tokyo Solamachi where you can find almost everything. There are clothes stores, food stores and Cafès as well as restaurants and the Sumida Aquarium. It really was amazing.
When my stomach was full again, I used my time to have a look around and also found a small Ghibli store where I just shot the merch of my favorite Anime-Film: Howl’s Moving Castle.
But this is not the end of my day. I just stopped by for some internet connection so I could search the route to the Asakusa Amusement Hall (I need to go inside next time!) Right next to this hall you can find Marugoto Nippon, where very high quality articles from all over Japan were sold.
From this store, I headed to Ekimae but also just had a quick look on everything inside before returning to my hotel.
On my way back I jumped into a feast at the Sensoji Temple which was really amazing. When it was over, I continued my way until I finally arrived at my Hotel again.
Now I am ready to go to sleep and already really tired but excited for tomorrow as well~