Asakusa (浅草), is a district in Taito, Tokyo (on the east side of Tokyo) and by Sumida-gawa. It was once the main entertainment and cultural hub of Tokyo during the Edo period and despite being devastated by air raids during WWII, it has since maintained its cultural and old-Tokyo spirit.


Asakusa was developed as an entertainment district during the Edo period (1603-1867). Asakusa’s neighboring district, Kuramae, was known for its rice storage and trading, which in turn made the rice storehouse keepers (fudasashi) very wealthy over the years. Thus, theaters and geisha houses began to spring up in nearby Asakusa in order to entertain the fudasashi.

Asakusa remained a major entertainment district in Tokyo for most of the early 1900s, but was heavily destroyed by US bombing raids during World War II, mostly occurring during March 1945. Although the area was rebuilt after the war, areas such as Shinjuku and Shibuya have since replaced Asakusa as the entertainment and pleasure district.


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About Asakusa

  • Location name:
  • Asakusa
  • Name in Japanese:
  • 浅草
  • City:
  • Tokyo (east)
  • Region:
  • Kanto
  • Island:
  • Honshu