7 Days in Tokyo: Day 2 -Akihabara & Asakusa

DAY 2

From ultra-modern electronics to ancient temples, we covered a lot of ground – and many centuries – on our second day in Tokyo.

 

Akihabara Electric Town

AKIHABARA

One of the biggest goals of this trip was to track down elusive video games in Akihabara Electric Town, the “nerd capitol” of Tokyo. This district of the city is famous for its stores dedicated to  video games, gadgets,  anime, j-pop, k-pop, and – for some reason – a whole lot of claw game arcades. The cramped shops run for blocks and they’re stacked several stories high. After some intense hunting and exploring my huz finally struck gold and found the game he came for.

 

We struck gold at this game store
Akihabara
Inside “Super Potato”
They’re crazy about Star Wars in Tokyo too
One of many Ramen dishes I consumed

ASAKUSA

After making our contribution at the temple of modern gadgets, we traveled west – and back in time – to the Sensō-ji Buddhist Temple in the beautiful Asakusa district. It’s the oldest temple in Tokyo, pre-dating the modern city. From the oldest temple in Tokyo to the tallest tower in the world, we hoofed it across the river to take in the enormity of the Tokyo Skytree. I regret not making the trip up, but between the lines and our aching feet, we decided to leave it for the next trip.

Senso-ji Temple

Statue in Asakusa
Tokyo Skytree

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