I'll preface this review by stating that this is an alternative, of sorts, to the majority of reviews you'll read on this part of town. I'm not a big fan of temples and shrines in general. I don't find them to be either spiritually enlightening or all that interesting. You've seen one, you've seen 'em all imo. That being said, I'm not immune to the allures of well-known tourist destinations which is why I ended up going to Asakusa and the shrine area. When in Tokyo...
I think my biggest issue with this area is the fact that it's just swamped with tourists. I realize the irony of being a tourist myself and then complaining about my fellow overseas travelers. The problem arises when you realize that everything in the immediate area is catering to the tourist, giving the whole scene a real "theme park" vibe. Prices are overblown and the general wares up for sale are pretty generic and are of poor quality. The locals see you coming a mile away, if you get my drift. That's what happens when a spot blows up and becomes a "must see" destination. I really think you can get better quality goods and snacks by exploring the less congested side streets.
If you don't mind bumping into people constantly and getting overcharged for cheap goods, then by all means pay the area a visit. I get that this is a must-see destination for many travelers. Sure, taking photos of the iconic Kaminarimon will make for more complete visit and sure looks sharp on your camera roll. Keep in mind however that there will be non-stop people stopping in front of it, holding up their best V for victory pose and photo-bombing every shot you take. Just par for the course. When all is said and done, you can at least say, "hey, I was there," but for me, once was most certainly enough.
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