As the unofficial capital of Tokyo’s shitamachi (old town), Asakusa is at once austere and a bit rough-and-tumble. In addition to its famed Senso-ji temple (you can’t miss its gargantuan gate festooned with the iconic paper lamp), Asakusa is a great place for souvenir shopping. While the central Nakamise shopping street is most people’s go-to for traditional Japanese items, wandering the side streets around Senso-ji reveals a plethora of local shops offering exquisite hand-crafted goods, from paper fans to pottery.
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