„Asahikawa-Ramen“ gilt als eine der drei Hauptvarianten von Ramen auf Hokkaido. Die Suppe wird aus Meeresfrüchtebrühe (aus Seetang und Anchovis) und Fleischbrühe (aus Schweineknochen und Huhn) hergestellt und mit Sojasauce abgeschmeckt. Der würzige Geschmack der Suppe passt gut zu den gewellten Nudeln. Damit die Ramen im kalten Klima von Hokkaido nicht zu schnell abkühlen, wird Schmalz auf die Suppe gegeben, sodass sich eine Fettschicht bildet. In den letzten Jahren wurden zahlreiche weitere salzige und mit Miso-Paste gewürzte Variationen kreiert, sodass es heute ein breites Angebot an Asahikawa-Ramen-Varianten gibt.
Hours: 10:00 to 20:00 (3rd floor until 21:00)
Restaurant floor: 11:00 to 23:00
Marugoto Nippon is a large four-story building that features made-in-Japan products from all across the country. Food products from the different prefectures can be found on the first floor while lifestyle goods can be found on the second. The third floor is an event space, and restaurants are found on the fourth floor. There is also a hotel above the shopping floors.
Rox Department Store
Shops: Daily 10:30 to 21:00 (supermarket is open 24 hours)
Restaurants: Daily 11:00 to 22:00
Rox is a shopping and entertainment complex consisting of a main building (Rox) and three annex buildings (Rox2G, Rox3 and Rox Dome). Many shops sell fashion for ladies and kids. There is a 24h supermarket in the basement.
Tobu Asakusa Station & Matsuya Department Store
Matsuya department store is open daily from 10:00 to 20:00
Tobu Asakusa Station is the terminal station of Tobu trains heading into the suburbs and prefectures north of Tokyo, including trains to Nikko. The station building also houses a Matsuya department store that spans eight floors.
Asakusa Underground Street
Hours depend on the individual shops
The Asakusa Underground Street (Asakusa Chikagai) is one of the oldest underground shopping streets in Japan. The short passageway connects the Tobu Asakusa Station to the Shin Nakamise Shopping Street and contains about 20 shops and restaurants. The arcade looks like it has remained unchanged since the Showa Period (1926-1989), and visitors may feel like they walked into a throwback alleyway.
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center
Hours: 9:00 to 20:00 (observation deck until 22:00)
Closed: No closing days
The Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center was newly opened in 2012, adding diversity to the streets of Asakusa with its interesting architectural design. The eight story building offers a tourist information desk in multiple languages, free wifi connectivity, a cafe, and an observation deck which provides good views looking onto Sensoji Temple and the Nakamise Shopping Street.
Sumida River Cruise
Tokyo Water Bus operates sightseeing ships every 30 to 60 minutes from Asakusa Pier via Hama Rikyu Garden to Hinode Pier, where you can transfer to a ship to Odaiba. In addition, there are less frequent, direct ships from Asakusa to Odaiba.
Hours: Always open
This riverside park stretches along both sides of Sumida River for several hundred meters. In spring it becomes a popular cherry blossom viewing spot, while on the last Saturday of July it becomes the site of the Sumida River Firework.
Rokku Entertainment District
Opening hours depend on the individual businesses.
Rokku used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district before the war, hosting Japan's first cinema and more. However, the district has not regained its former popularity after the war. Today, Rokku offers attractions such as rakugo theaters, cinemas and pachinko parlors.
Hanayashiki Amusement Park
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (longer hours during holidays)
Admission: 1000 yen plus separate fees for rides
Originally opened as a flower park, Hanayashiki has a history of more than 150 years. Located just a few steps from Sensoji, the miniature amusement park offers numerous attractions, including a small Ferris wheel, roller coaster, carousel and Space Shot.
Asahi Beer Tower
Restaurants open daily from 11:30 to 22:00
The Asahi Beer Tower and Asahi Super Dry Hall with its characteristic Flamme d'Or were, completed in 1989 and host the headquarters of Asahi Breweries. Furthermore, several restaurants can be found in the complex. Behind both the Beer Tower and the Super Dry Hall is the Asahi Craftmanship Brewery. The restaurant and brewery offers diners decently priced lunches as well as Asahi craft beer on tap.
Taikokan (Drum Museum)
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00
Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays, New Year and Obon
Admission: 500 yen
Drums from around the world, including Japanese taiko drums, are exhibited in this small museum. Visitors can play several of the drums. The museum is located in a floor above the Miyamoto Unosuke Nishi Asakusa store, which sells Japanese drums and festival goods.
Jakotsuyu Public Bath
Hours: 13:00 to 24:00 (entry until 23:40)
Closed: Tuesdays (open if Tuesday is a national holiday)
Jakotsuyu is a local public bath with a relatively long history. Visitors can mingle with the locals who frequent the bath. Towels and amenity kits are sold at the counter, making it convenient for travelers.
Hours: 11:30 to 22:00 (last order at 21:30)
Kamiya Bar in Asakusa opened in Meiji 13 (1880) and has been in the same location ever since. It is one of Japan's oldest bars as well as the only producer of the drink denki bran - a type of brandy concoction - in the country. The bar has three stories, and the one on street level is the most popular. Kamiya Bar also has a window store that sells souvenir bottles of denki bran.
Hours: 10:00 to 20:00
Umezono is a traditional Japanese sweets shop that started in 1854. Their menu contains classics like anmitsu and oshiruko in addition to seasonal favorites like shaved ice (kakigori). The shop also has a window store that sells yokan, dorayaki and other desserts to go.
Suzukien Nanaya Gelato
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00
Closed: Third Wednesday of the month
Asakusa Suzukien Nanaya Gelato is a collaboration between Suzukien, a green tea speciality shop, and Nanaya Gelato, a gelato shop. The store claims to have the richest and most intense green tea (matcha) gelato in the world. The popular shop offers about fourteen gelato flavors including seven matcha ones.
Hours: 9:00 until sold out
Asakusa Kagetsudo is a melon-pan store and restaurant that has been in business since 1945. Melon-pan is a sweet baked bread with a top that resembles the outer layer of a cantaloupe melon. Kagetsudo is most famous for their jumbo melon-pan which is best eaten warm, but also sells variations of their melon-pan that come with ice cream fillings. Japanese desserts, as well as savoury foods like soba noodles are also sold at the restaurant.
Hours depend on shops; typically daily from 11:30 to 20:00
There are a number of tempura shops in Asakusa, offering delicious deep fried seafood and vegetables. The area flourished in the Edo Period as a tempura location thanks to the availability of seafood products from nearby Tokyo Bay. The more well-known tempura restaurants include Daikokuya, San Sada and Owariya.
Hours depend on shops; typically 11:30 to 13:30 and 17:30 to 19:30
There are also a handful of established unagi-ya (freshwater eel restaurants) in the area with histories of at least a hundred years. Unagi, or freshwater eel, is relatively expensive with prices starting at 2000 yen for lunch and more for dinner. Well known unagi-ya in Asakusa include Irogawa, Hatsuogawa and Maekawa.
Asakusa is served by the Ginza Subway Line, Asakusa Subway Line, Tsukuba Express and Tobu Railways. It can also be accessed by the Tokyo Water Bus.
From Tokyo Station
Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes, 140 Yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes, 170 Yen).
From Shinjuku Station
Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes, 170 Yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes, 170 Yen).
information source: japan-guide.com
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