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| | When visiting Taito it will be hard to miss Senso-ji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo, also know
as the Asakusa Kannon, which was built in 626 nearly one thousand years before Edo was established.
|According to temple records, it was built in the year 628. Asakusa was already open to visitors and was a pilgrimage site at this time in history. In 1603, when the shogunate was established in Edo (Tokyo), the Asakusa area was a religious and entertainment center. It was the liveliest section of Edo.|
After the Edo Era Asakusa developed as a place to enjoy the theater, and “Asakusa Rokku” was once synonymous with movies.
If Asakusa is referred to when talking about the history of Taito City, we must also not forget Ueno. These two areas were lively from the 17th century onward.
In 1625, Kan’ei-ji Temple was built on the top of a hill in Ueno by the shogunate as a protection measure. The Kan’ei-ji Temple of the Edo Era was a special entity that dominated the world of Buddhism in Japan, due to the protective hands of the shogunate. When the grave of a Tokugawa shogun was built on the grounds, the authority of Kan’ei-ji Temple was raised to an even higher level. The area within the temple grounds was famous as the best spot in Edo for viewing cherry blossoms, and visitors flocked to the temple as well as to Shinobazu Pond for a leisurely stroll.
The form of government in Japan changed in 1868, and Edo began a new era as the nation’s capital, Tokyo.
In 1873, the Ueno hills became the first public park in Japan. Most of the original temple grounds, except the 300,000 tsubo (about 99,000 square meters) where the temple is currently located, were opened to the general public as a park. The park was to become the site of several International Expos. The facilities later became museums, art museums and a zoo, making Ueno the center of social education and culture.
Due to restoration efforts after World War II, on March 15, 1947, Taito City began a new era. Today it is developing as a subcenter befitting greater Metropolitan Tokyo.Through seasonal events, traditional festivals and fairs held every year — such as the cherry blossoms of Ueno Park and Sumida Park in spring, the Asakusa Sanja Festival and Iriya Morning Glory Festival in early summer, the Yanaka Chrysanthemum Festival in autumn, and the Hogoita (Battledore) Fair at the end of the year — Taito City is richly endowed with places for tourists to enjoy, such as cultural treasures and historical remnants centered around Ueno Park and Senso-ji Temple. Taito City is one of the most noteworthy tourist areas representing Tokyo.
Neighborhoods of Taito:
Akihabara (秋葉原) ("Field of Autumn Leaves"), also known as Akihabara Electric Town (秋葉原電気街, Akihabara Denki Gai), is an area of Tokyo, Japan. It is located less than five minutes by rail from Tokyo Station. Its name is frequently shortened to Akiba (アキバ) in Japan. While there is an official locality named Akihabara nearby, part of Taitō-ku, the area known to most people as Akihabara (including the railway station of the same name) is actually Soto-Kanda, a part of Chiyoda-ku.
Akihabara is a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, and otaku goods, including new and used items. New items are mostly to be found on the main street, Chūōdōri, with many kinds of used items found in the back streets of Soto Kanda 3-chōme. First-hand parts for PC-building are readily available from a variety of stores. Tools, electrical parts, wires, microsized cameras and similar items are found in the cramped passageways of Soto Kanda 1-chōme (near the station). Foreign tourists tend to visit the big name shops like Laox or other speciality shops near the station, though there is more variety and lower prices at locales a little further away. Akihabara gained some fame through being home to one of the first stores devoted to personal robots and robotics.
Asakusa (浅草) is a district in Taitō, Tokyo, Japan, most famous for the Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon. There are several more temples in Asakusa, as well as various festivals.
(浅草橋) is a neighborhood of Taitō
The district is known for its large stores selling traditional Japanese dolls (although some of the largest doll stores, such as Kyugetsu and Shugestu, are located across Edo-dori avenue, thus belonging to the Yanagibashi neighborhood) and it hosts a very large concentration of beads stores.
The Ryuhoku campus of the Lycée franco-japonais de Tokyo (Franco-Japanese High School of Tokyo) is also located in this neighborhood.
is a district in Tokyo
's Taitō Ward
, best known as the home of Ueno Station
and Ueno Park
. Ueno is also home to some of Tokyo's finest cultural sites, including the Tokyo National Museum
, the National Museum of Western Art
, and the National Science Museum
, as well as a major public concert hall. Many Buddhist temples
are in the area, including the Bentendo
temple dedicated to goddess Benzaiten
, on an island in Shinobazu Pond
. The Kan'ei-ji, a major temple of the Tokugawa shoguns
, stood in this area, and its pagoda
is now within the grounds of the Ueno Zoo
. Nearby is the Ueno Tōshōgū
, a Shinto shrine
to Tokugawa Ieyasu
. Near the Tokyo National Museum
there's The International Library of Children's Literature. Just south of the station is the Ameyayokocho, a street market district that evolved out of an open-air black market that sprung up after World War II. Just east is the Ueno motorcycle district
, with English-speaking staff available in some stores.
Ueno is part of the historical Shitamachi (literally "low city") district of Japan, a working class area rather than where the aristocrats and rich merchants lived. Today the immediate area, due to its close proximity to a major transportation hub, retains high land value but just a short walk away to the east or north reveals some of the less glitzy architecture of Tokyo.
Ueno Park and Ueno Station are also home to a large percentage of Tokyo's homeless population. Though nearly invisible in other parts of Tokyo, the homeless population in Ueno can be found sleeping or communing in large numbers around the "ike" (ponds) of this district.