Ever since the end of the Edo period, Asakusa was the main entertainment area in Tokyo. A lot of traditional theaters were located here and the first amusement park in Japan, called Hanayashiki, was also opened here at the beginning of the Meiji period, in 1872.
Hanayashiki survived until today, a small amusement park with an old time charm is still located in the back of the Senso-ji temple, although many of the today’s attractions were opened after the WWII. The red-and-white tower, called Bee Tower, is one of the symbols of Asakusa…
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