- Japanese culture
Asakusa is a popular tourist spot in Japan. The mood of Edo, between Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Street, is popular with tourists, but if you take a step off the street, you can still feel the retro downtown mood of Asakusa. With its retro atmosphere, Asakusa is becoming a popular spot for girls' trips and for dating.
1. Kimono experience at "Asakusa Taisho Romankan"
First, we headed to Asakusa Taisho Romankan, a kimono rental shop and café.
Featuring a retro and cute style, it is based on the Taisho era culture (1912-1926), a mixture of traditional Japanese culture and Western culture.
First, you can go choose a kimono wear on the 3rd floor. This time, I experienced the full set plan of "Kimono Plan".
So exciting just by looking at the kimonos and accessories lined up in a row!
Lacy kimonos are popular among Japanese women.
I chose a cute pale tone of pink.
There are many types of collar decorations and obis, and you can customize them as you like.
Match it with the color of your kimono, add accents...the possibilities are endless!
You can also have your hair set to match your kimono.
*Usually, you cannot take pictures in the changing room and hair setting room.
There are many photo spots in the store!
In the self-photo space available only to kimono rental users, you can take some pictures for your social media.
Kimono full set plan: 7,500 yen
You can wear accessories as much as you want, freely adding them as you like.
Set details: Dressing up, hair styling, the kimono and accessories' renting
*Tabi socks are charged separately.
*On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays +500 yen/per person - Peak season +500 yen/per person
・Taisho Romankan Kimono
Store location: Taisho Romankan, 2-2-4 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: 9:30-18:00
Last reception time for dressing up: 15:00 / Latest time to return it back: 17:30
2. Here we go - Kimono on and strolling around Asakusa
From Nakamise Street to Senso-ji Temple.
A historic townscape with Edo period mood.
Taking pics with a fox mask on Nakamise street.
There are also many old-fashioned shops, and kimono wear matches well with the retro townscape.
■Asakusa Chaya Tabanoshi
Opened in May 2022, Japanese crepe specialty store "Tabanenoshi"
Crepes prepared with Kakegawa matcha green tea, from Shizuoka Prefecture, are very popular.
There is a cute "Asakusa" character writting on the surface. The combination of matcha and mascarpone is a perfect match.
・Asakusa Chaya Tabanenoshi
Store location: 2-7-7 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: Weekdays 11:00-18:00, Weekends and holidays 11:00-19:00
■ Asakusa Unana
Since its opening in September 2020, "Asakusa Unana" has been extremely popular.
Grilled eel rice balls are a new specialty of Asakusa gourmet, with fluffy eel on top of grilled rice balls.
Easy and satisfying to eat, give it a try if it is your first time eating eel!
Store location: 2-7-21 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
*Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays, for the time being.
*The shop will close as soon as it is sold out.
3. <Bonus> Buying Souvenirs
■ Marugoto Nippon
If you are looking for souvenirs, we recommend Marugoto Nippon, where you can find all of Japan's "good products" such as food and alcohol.
The theme of the store, reopened in 2021, is to "Enrich your daily life with Japanese good products."
When you enter the entrance, it has a Japanese wood based design.
There is a recommended product corner on the entrance of the store. If you get lost, it's a good idea to check here first!
Japanese tea is especially popular among foreign customers.
Popular item ① Whiskey
Buying local sake is one of many ways to enjoy the tourist experience. There are many kinds of Japanese alcoholic beverages here, so many buy them as souvenirs. The Single Malt Whisky is especially popular.
Popular item② Wasabi
Wasabi is one of the chosen Japanese representative goods.
Many visitors bring back home goods that can be stored at room temperature as souvenirs.
Popular item③ Daruma
Collaboration item with "Tokyo Tokyo", that popularize branding Tokyo.
You can put the finishing touch by applying the eyes to this cute small daruma.
Beside that, there are many items emblematic of Japan, which you can easily purchase. Try to find your favorite souvenirs!
Store location: Tokyo Rakutenchi Asakusa Building 1F, 2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito-ku Tokyo
Business hour：11:00 AM〜08:00 PM
4. Finish by returning the kimono
After fully enjoying Asakusa, return the rented kimono and that's all.
※The latest returning time for kimonos at Taisho Romankan is by 5:30 PM.
A suggestion after enjoying Asakura for half a day, would be to take a walk towards Tokyo Skytree at evening!