Asakusa and Ryōgoku are prime areas for experiencing traditional Japanese culture. You can try your hand at woodblock printing, indigo dyeing and weaving, and cooking local dishes. You can also strip down for a public bath.

Sakura Hostel and Andon Ryokan also offer cultural experiences for their guests, including tea ceremonies and ikebana (flower arranging).

Feature: Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center

The roof terrace of the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center has fantastic views of Tokyo Sky Tree and the Nakamise-dōri approach to Sensō-ji. Free guided tours of Asakusa depart from here. Free events are sometimes held here, including geisha dances and craft-making demonstrations – check with the centre for the schedule.

Feature: Rickshaw Rides

Around the Kaminari-mon entrance to Sensō-ji (as well as elsewhere in Asakusa) you may well get approached by a scantily clad, strapping young man offering you…a ride in his jinrikisha (rickshaw). Rides start at ¥4000 per 10 minutes for two people (¥3000 for one person).

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