If you want to experience true culture in Asakusa, then the most recommended things to do would be to ride on a sightseeing rickshaw)and try making Edo Kiriko (Edo cut glass) and plastic or wax food models. Here are three places in Asakusa where you can enjoy the atmosphere and the good, old culture of the Edo and Showa periods.
<1> Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya Kappabashi Shop: Make food replicas using traditional wax
Food replicas were born in Japan between the Taisho and early Showa periods. Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya Kappabashi Shop is a place where you can purchase and try making food replicas that look exactly the same as the real thing. Try the Tempura & Lettuce Making Workshop (2,300 JPY for two pieces of tempura and one piece of lettuce).
Just wrap the shrimp made from wax with batter that is also made from wax, and you have made a tempura. The quality of the tempura is so surprising that it can be mistaken for the real thing.
Challenge yourself and take part in the workshop for making wax lettuce with a staff member demonstrating and providing guidance on how it is done. You will get that uncanny feeling when the lettuce is done in a flash.
<2> Ebisuya Asakusa Shop: Relax and explore Asakusa on a rickshaw
If you want to go around Asakusa, one of the major sightseeing spots in Tokyo, then riding on a rickshaw while exploring the area would be the perfect way to do it. The rickshaw will take you around town slowly, from the famous spots up to little-known great places. Ebisuya Asakusa Shop's rickshaws wheel guests around the popular tourist spots in Asakusa such as Kaminarimon and Denpoin for about 12 – 13 minutes (4,000 JPY per rickshaw that fits two) per area.
<3> Sokichi: Make an Edo cut glass piece that is the only one of its kind in the world
Sokichi, a glass factory that showcases and sells more than 800 types of glass, is a place where you can experience making Edo Kiriko and bring it home with you that same day. The workshops in this shop can accommodate one up to several adults (up to 24 persons per group), and reservations can be placed online. For the interactive Edo Kiriko courses, you can choose between the Tomei Glass (transparent glass) (prices start at 3,240 JPY) and Irokabuse Glass (glass with color coating) (prices start at 4,680 JPY). There is also a course for dishes.
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 06.15.2017]
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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