Tokyo's Very Authentic Asakusa Market & Taikokan Drum Museum


Asakusa is fairly well known to travelers heading to Tokyo — if it doesn’t come up in your research, I’d be surprised. Locals also recommend this as a stopping place, largely because its market spreads across several streets in the Asakusa area in the north of Tokyo.

Easily accessible, it’s a place you can get to via subway and be suddenly transferred from modern urban Tokyo to the more traditional classic cultural side of the city’s culture. While the Sensoji Temple and Nezu Jinja Shrine is nearby and another major draw for people heading to Asakusa for the day, the Asakusa Market has enough eye candy to keep even the most prolific type A personality engaged for hours.

You’ll notice immediately upon exploring Asakusa is its feeling of ‘traditional’ and ‘old’, especially when you take a meander through the countless side streets off the main shopping drag. Here, you’ll not discover Japanese homes, which are hundreds of years old, but also deteriorating shacks and rusty steel buildings.

The Taikokan Drum Museum is also nearby which is worth stopping at if only to see their 6.5 feet tall drum that will run you around $60,000. In addition to drums, they have a variety of other native percussion instruments, hand cymbals and cymbals that look like sauce pans as well as a wide selection of ceremonial dress and Japanese flutes.

Join me on a visual journey through the Asakusa Market and surrounding area, well worth a stop.

Getting There & Details:

By subway, take the JR Yamanote Line to Ueno, transfer to Ginza Line, and then get off at Asakusa Station.

For more posts on Japan, see our Japan section and on Tokyo, visit our Tokyo Japan / top things to do in Tokyo section.



Renee Blodgett
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