Asakusa is one of my favorite places in Tokyo. The street leading up to the famous Sensoji Temple is lined with shops and “osembe” (Japanese crackers). It is always vibrant and crowded, with mobs of gaijin and Japanese school children on class trips. The main street is probably the one place in Japan that you have the possibility of getting ripped off (it almost happened to me) but if you deviate from the main path and explore the winding back alleys, you will be pleasantly surprised with the old architecture and quaint shops and restaurants.
At the temple. you can purchase a bunch of incense sticks for 100 yen and then waft the smoke over you for health. For extra immunity, throw some coins in the giant offerings box to pray.
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Timing: train from Tamachi at 10:00, 18 minutes to Asakusa
Cost: 210 yen per person (one way)
Time elapsed: 5 hours
Accomplished: Mister Donut, Sensoji, health smoke, exploration, gelato, omiyage
Breakfast: Mister Donut, 700 yen
Snack: apple sweet potato, 575 yen
Lunch: gelato, 600 yen