It so happened that we were at Asakusa on a day before the National Foundation Day 建国記念の日 public holiday, so there was plenty of domestic tourists making full use of the long weekend. And then there were tourists like us who were in Tokyo to either escape the Chinese lunar new year or to celebrate it in a foreign country instead (I’m of the first variety). In short, there were a lot of people with an identical agenda – to get a nice photograph of Kaminarimon, which also meant no one did.
We didn’t get a chance to walk around the area much because we got distracted with the Sky Tree. The brothers decided that since we could see the tree from where we were, it was near enough to walk to. It took us 20-30 minutes with a few stops in between (oh look, the tower looks so nice framed by the tree! Ooh, street performers. Let’s get another drink from the vending machines.) and to our horror, we arrived to a scene of more people. The queue to go up the tree went on forever and the adjoining mall was so crowded that we gave up and took a train to Ginza.
There are several lessons to be had from this experience. 1, Don’t go to an attraction on a public holiday / weekends. 2, Parents don’t dig 30-minute walks. 3, Never let the brothers get the first bite of any food.