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On day one we went to Asakusa. It *looks* about 400 years old but in reality it seems most of it was built from 1950 to the 1970s (the 5-level pagoda was built around 1972). The reality is that most of Tokyo is new, having been level by an earthquake in the early 20th century (1917 but don't quote me) and then again in WWII. So, everything is new, even the stuff made out of wood.
If you go, take a look at the tourist shops but get some local food advice and have lunch at one of the restaurants in the alleys behind. I'll try to get the restaurant name and add to this post, but we had a great Japanese meal - Sukiyaki, Shabu Shabu, and Bento box - and there's no better way to feel like you're in a place than to eat the real food. We had some fun, as no one in the restaurant spoke English, so we pointed to things in the menu to order. I pointed to 'traditional workman's' bento, and the hostess shook her head 'no, no!' and pointed to the other choice. So really, not much to worry about. Highly recommended is the beef sukiyaki - cooked at your table in an iron pan, then dipped in raw egg before eating. Marvellous!