Some Akihabara and Sensoji Temple

by Naranatsuo September. 03, 2010 7039 views

So, I'm now staying in Chiba which is about a 40 minute train ride from Chiba Station to Tokyo Station on a rapid train. I'm living with a pastor, his wife, and three children who were actually raised in Brazil because they were missionaries there. Today, I went to Akihabara and Sensoji Temple which is in Asakusa.
In Akihabara I hunted for the famous Super Potato retro video game store. Its actually on a back alley, and its store front is not on street level, so it was quite difficult to find. They sell retro video games and systems, and on the fifth floor, you can play old arcade games. Its a really fun place to go, but remember, most of these games wont work outside of Japan. :(
Second, I walked from Akihabara to Asakusa… which took much longer than I thought it would, but I saved on the train fare. There I saw the famous Sensoji temple. Out front is a large gate with a giant paper lantern hanging in the middle. Through the gate is the largest number of souvineer shops you will ever see in your life. After that, you reach the temple which was also quite spectacular.

Super Potato. Floors 3 to 5.

Storefront

Stairs to the retro game center

Stairs to more recent retro games.

Ah… nostalgic. ^.^

N64!

Dremcast consoles! They've got some in the original boxes too.

Original nintendo.

The game center. I played some Mario Bros.

Saw this Gundam Cafe while walking by the Akihabara JR station.

The outside of Sensoji.

Endless walkway of vendors. Honestly, one of the best places for souvenirs. Make sure to walk the side streets as well though! There are a lot of good stores here.

The temple itself.

The roof inside.

View of the… I'm really not sure what this part is called… its just basically where all of the ceremonial stuff inside of the temple is kept. There were actually some chanting monks here as well. Really loud and very uniform voices. Really cool sound.

Tokyo Sky Tower! Not done yet, but hopefully I'll be able to go to the top some day!

The famous Asahi building in Asakusa.

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