Before you head off to explore Senso-ji temple, be sure to catch the stellar view from the rooftop of Kengo Kuma-designed Asakusa Tourist Office and stop by Azuma Bridge over the Sumida River for that famous view of Tokyo Skytree and Philippe Starck’s Asahi Beer Tower, decorated with its signature Flamme d’Or (or golden turd, whichever one you prefer).
From Azuma Bridge you can also take short river cruises along the Sumida River, which offer a somewhat interesting view of Tokyo’s concrete jungle on sunny days, but are mostly useful if you are heading for some matcha at Hamarikyu Garden’s Tea House.
Yifang is a Taiwanese fresh- fruit and tapioca tea specialist, perfect for that refreshing caffeine boost midday. Green tea ice cream aficionados will want to make their way towards Suzukien north of Senso-ji, which boasts a staggering seven different levels of matcha ice cream, of which no. 7 is said to be the world’s strongest green tea ice cream (you have been warned).
For a larger variety of foods, head to Marugoto Nippon, a sleek four-floor complex with a farmers market, food hall, regional experience floor, and dining street at the top.
At night, Nakamise street, which is usually overrun with tourists, turns into a quiet outdoor gallery where you can enjoy imagery of traditional Japanese woodblock prints which are painted on nearly all of the shops’ closed shutters.