This district, with its streets flanked by old houses and shops selling traditional items, has a feel of old Tokyo. Here there is the Asakusa Kannon or Senso- ji, the Buddhist temple, dating back to the Edo period. Founded in 7th century, it has five floors and one of its two pagodas is the tallest in Japan. The area in which the temple stands has a magical atmosphere. Cruises on the Sumida- gawa River depart from Asakusa to the Hinode pier, ideal in spring to admire the cherry trees in bloom.