Asakusa is located along the west bank of Sumida River and is the centre of Tokyo’s ‘Shitamachi’ culture. Shitamachi, literally means ‘lower town’ and was originally a working class area during the Edo period. Small, family run business operated out of tiny workshops throughout the district. It still has the atmosphere of a bustling, busy quarter and is evocative of times past.
The Sanja Matsuri held on the third Saturday and Sunday every May is known as one of the major festivals of Edo.