Asakusa 浅草

Asakusa is the old downtown, or ‘shitamachi’ area of Tokyo city.  It’s where you can go to see what Tokyo used to be like.  Central to Asakusa is the 1300 year old Sensou-ji.  For most people, Sensou-ji and the big lantern adorning the Kaminari-mon (Thunder and Lightning gate) are the main draws but there are … More Asakusa 浅草

Nikko 日光

My second day trip was north into Tochigi prefecture to visit the shrine/temple complex of Nikko.  Nikko is the resting place of the shogun who began the Tokugawa shogunate, Tokugawa Ieyasu and his grandson Iemitsu. The main precincts of Nikko are primarily Shinto but Nikko was established in 766 by the construction of Rinno-ji.  The … More Nikko 日光

Kamakura 鎌倉

The first day trip away from Tokyo was about an hour to the south to Kamakura in Kanagawa prefecture.  Between 1185 and 1333, Kamakura was actually the capital of Japan.  I was up and gone very early and arrived in Kita-Kamakura (North Kamakura) shortly after 8:00am.  I thought I would follow the suggestion from my … More Kamakura 鎌倉