This street on the left is called Asakusa (nakamise) Dori. The street is lined on both sides with a number of small shops selling anything from trinkets to snacks to take-home meals. It’s a great place to just wander around and enjoy the atmosphere. The street eventually leads to the Senso-ji, or the temple to the goddess of mercy. While it may not be evident in this photo, the street is always packed with locals and tourists—and during the new year is no exception!
If you’re ever in the area, try this vantage point, which not too many people know about. It’s located just across the street from the main entrance of this Asakusa Dori. Find the Asakusa Visitor’s Centre and head on up to the third floor where there’s a small observatory. It offers a great overview of the area, as you can see.