Let’s walk and drop in special spots in a metropolis Tokyo!!

Let’s walk and drop in special spots in a metropolis Tokyo!!

Downtown 1 From Asakusa to Tokyo Skytree Town
Standard route for walking downtown which you want to visit once in your lifetime.

Asakusa Station→Oshiage Station 'Skytree'

No.1 popular downtown course for tourists from abroad to Japan. The former half of the course will be the neighborhood of Asakusa. Let’s stroll around the shopping street and enjoy the downtown atmosphere. You can enjoy Japanese culture wearing Kimono and riding a rickshaw. The latter half would be visiting the other side of the Sumida River walking across the SUMIDA RIVER WALK. As you walk toward TOKYO SKYTREE®, the tower looms bigger and bigger, and at last, it appears right in front of you with overwhelming height.

Start 

Asakusa Station (TOBU Isesaki Line,Tokyo Metro Ginza Line,Toei-Asakusa Line)

Goal 

Oshiage Station 'Skytree'(TOBU Isesaki Line,Keisei Oshiage Line,Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, Toei-Asakusa Line)

Distance 

about 4

Hours 

about 60minuts

Standard time for stopover places 

3 hour
60 minutes
20 minutes
30 minutes

Standard Time of this route 

about 6hours

The illustrated map of this course

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Asakusa Station→Oshiage Station 'SKYTREE'

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Downtown 1  Standard route which you want to visit once in your lifetime.
Cross the pedestrian bridge over the Sumida River connecting the great two symbols of downtown Tokyo, Senso-ji Temple and TOKYO SKYTREE®.

Route Description

6mins 400m

8mins 600m

10mins 750m

17mins 1.4km

11mins 850m

13mins 950m

1mins 50m

Route Guide

Go out of Asakusa Station LinkIcon , let’s go to the Kimono rental shop to stroll the town wearing Kimono today. Take a right at the Azumabashi intersection. Walk the Kaminari Street for a while and you will find the giant red lantern at “Kaminari-mon” entrance gate on your right, a symbol of Asakusa. This is the entrance to Nakamise Shopping Street leading straight to Senso-ji LinkIcon . Small shops line up both sides of the street selling traditional handcrafts, Asakusa original sweets, etc. Worship at Senso-ji Temple and then go left from the main shrine and get Goshuin (a red stamp) at Yogodo. There are retro shopping streets with the ambience of Edo period at the west side of Senso-ji Temple. One of them is Asakusa Nishi-sando Shopping Street LinkIcon where the whole street is like a fair place. Enjoy the festival mood going through the arcade and you will hit the Rokku Entertaiment District LinkIcon . Rokku is a entertainment district since Meiji period. There are Rokku-za Theater and Asakusa Engei Hall where the Yose (Japanese style vaudeville) is performed. There are other famous Rokku spots such as Asakusa Rokku Street where photos and introduction plates of entertainers associated to Asakusa are displayed on the streetlights. Also, at the Star Square in front of Asakusa Public Hall, you can find over 332 handprints of entertainers on the paving stones in 2020. Return the Kimono and let’s head for the TOKYO SKYTREE area. Go under the TOBU Line overpass and we will get to Sumida River. We will walk  SUMIDA RIVER WALK LinkIcon  , a promenade alongside the railroad bridge. On the opposite side of the river, there is a shopping complex, TOKYO mizumachi LinkIcon under the railway overpass. After taking a rest and enjoying shopping, let’s proceed to TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN full of exciting spots. We will drop by SUMIDA AQUARIUM LinkIcon  where the new corner for jellyfish was opened in summer 2020. Go down to the 4th floor from the aquarium, TOKYO SKYTREE stands right in front of you. You will surely be fascinated by its height!  Take the escalator at Solami -zaka beside Tokyo Solamachi. At the bottom of the slope, the goal Oshiage Station 'SKYTREE' LinkIcon  is right in front of you.
 
 

Guide of Drop-in Spots

Symbols

見どころ・遊び場
highlight. Entertainment
レストラン・食事処
restaurant
カフェ・ドリンクスタンド
cafe
買い物スポット
shopping spot
宿泊施設
accommodations

見どころ・遊び場
highlight. Entertainment

レストラン・食事処
restaurant

カフェ・ドリンクスタンド
cafe

買い物スポット
shopping spot

宿泊施設
accommodations

LinkIcon Asakusa Station

From Asakusa Station for TOBU Isesaki Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Toei-Asakusa Line

Three railway lines stop here and each has a long history since Showa period. TOBU Asakusa Station is incorporated with the commercial complex called Asakusa Ekimise and is connected with an underground passage to the subway station. At the west side of Senso-ji Temple, there is Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station.

TOBU Asakusa Station is an impressive Art eco style building with a big clock.

Section between TOBU Asakusa and TOBU Dobutsukoen is called “TOBU SKYTREE Line”.

Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Toei Asakusa Line Station is connected by an underpass.

Now let’s start downtown Osampo from Asakusa Station!

LinkIcon Senso-ji

Kannon Reijo (Holy place of Kannon) with over 1400-year history

This is a Kannonn Temple with nearly a 1400-year history from the era of Asuka. As for the principle image of the temple, Kannon statue, there is a legend telling the statue was caught in a net of a fisherman out of the Sumida River in the year of 628 and it was later enshrined as the principle image of the temple. When the main temple was destroyed at the time of the Great Tokyo Air Raid in 1945, the principle image was placed in the washbasin and buried deep underground and remained intact. It is also said that the famous military commanders such as Yoritomo Minamoto, Takauji Ashikaga and Ieyasu Tokugawa had protected the Kannon to worship for the good fortune in the battle. In the precinct, you can also see five-story pagoda, Yakushido and many other temples. Asakusa’s folk culture flourished around Senso-ji.

Kaminarimon, the outer gate to Senso-ji is the symbol of Asakusa. The current gate was reconstructed in 1960 with the donation of Konosuke Matsushita.

Red lantern of Kaminarimon is 3.9 meters high and weighs 700 kg. There is Dragon-shaped engraving under the base of the lantern.

Hozomon, the temple gate of Sensoji. Niozo statue is housed here.

Main temple where the principle image, Kannon Bosatsu (Goddess of Mercy) is housed. Big steep roof is impressive. Visitors are allowed to enter inner sanctuary to worship Kannon Bosatsu. Painting on the ceiling of outer sanctuary is beautiful.

It is said that if you cover bad part of your body with the smoke from the Jokoro (incent burner), it will heal.

Goshuin (red stamp) is obtainable at Yougoudo on the left side of the Main Temple. There are two types of Goshuins, principle image of Kannon and Daikokuten (the god of wealth), one of the god from Asakusa’ Seven Deities of Good Luck. ¥500 each.

Senso-ji

Address

2-3-1 Asakusa Taito-ku

Tel

03-3842-0181

Closed

No holiday

Hours

Main Hall 9:00-17:00 (Oct.-Mar. -16:30).
Precincts 24hours.

Admision Fees

Free

Access

5 min walk from Asakusa Sta.

Website

https://www.senso-ji.jp/english/ 

Nakamise Shopping Street

One of the Oldest Shopping Streets in Japan

About 250 meters long shopping street from Kamonarimon to Hozomon where vermilion-lacquered shops line up alongside. 300 years ago, the number of worshipers to Senso-ji Temple had grown bigger, so the temple offered their neighbors to clean the precinct in exchange to give them the right to open shops along the approach to the temple. That is how Nakamise-dori was created. Now there are 89 shops and many of them selling traditional handcrafts and Asakusa’s original sweets. It is a popular tourist spot for the visitors from abroad.

There are varieties of Japanese style shops line up on
Nakamise Street. No eating around allowed.

Strolling Nakamise Street wearing Kimono makes you more
excited.

Arai Bunsendo

The long-stand shop for beautiful Japanese Dancer’s folding fans

It was established 130 years ago and is currently owned by the 5th family head. They are purveyors to the performing arts world that many dancers and Kabuki actors favors their fans. They have a large collection of fans from professional use to reasonable price souvenirs. Every fan has an enchanting seasonal designs. The original design of the shop, Edo-ichimonji Uchiwa (round paper fan) is also popular.

Beautiful seasonal designs are painted. Near Kaminarimon Gate.

Fans for daily use and for professional use. Variety of colors and designs.

Special fan with seasonal flowers, cherry blossoms and iris,
designed for ladies. ¥2000~

Many famous Kabuki actors and dancers use fans from this shop

Arai Bunsendo

Tel

03-3481-0088

Closed

Monday after 20th. Every months

Hours

10:30-18:00 

Kimuraya-Ningyoyaki-Honpo

Ningyo-yaki shop establised in 1867.

Flavory soft sponge cake stuffed with red bean paste comes in various shapes. Among them, there are four Asakusa’s original shapes such as five-story pagoda, paper lantern, thunder god and pigeon. These shapes were created by the first owner of the shop. It is the best souvenir sweets of Asakusa. You can also buy Kasuterayaki (sponge cake without red bean paste) and Kawara-senbei (rice cracker) here.  

There are several Ningyo-yaki shops in Nakamise Street. It has become speciality of Asakusa.

You can watch Ningyo-yaki being baked by the Ningyo-yaki baker at the shop.

¥600~ for 8 pieces. Ningyo-yaki cakes also comes in a box for souvenir. Eating and walking is not allowed in Nakamise Street. If you want to taste the cake, taste it in front of the shop.

Cakes are in shapes of Asakusa local attractions and are fun to find different shapes. There are also Ningyo-yaki cakes without red bean paste filling.

Kimuraya-Ningyoyaki-Honpo

Tel

03-3844-9754

Closed

No holiday

Hours

10:00-18:00 (Sat., Sun. and natiomal holiday ~18:30)

LinkIcon Asakusa Nishi-sando Shopping Street

Theme is “Festival”. Such an exciting street just being there

Street connecting Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa Rokku Entertaiment District. Shopping street with the Edo townscape and is the first Japanese cypress boardwalk with comfortable and warm ambience in Japan. The theme of the street is “festival” and you will find many unique old-shops selling Japanese swords, dancing costumes, stage properties, etc.Together with Asakusa Denpo Street, Okuyama Omairi-machi Shopping Street and Asakusa Hanayashiki Street, this area maintains the townscape and atmosphere of Edo period at the west side of the Senso-ji Temple.

Retro arch in Kabuki-theater style welcomes you at the entrance of the shopping street.

You can enjoy walking in the arcade without worrying about rain.

Asakusa Nishi-sando Shopping Street

Address

2-7-13 Asakusa Taito-ku

Access

10 min walk from Tobu, Tokyo metro, Toei Asakusa Sta.
3 min walk from Exit A1 of Tsukuba express Asakusa Sta.

Website

https://www.asakusaomatsuri.com/

Asakusa Kagetsudo

Let’s do the three fair shop-hopping

Shop famous for Jumbo Melon Bread. Its original fermentation technology makes the bread dough rise into a jumbo size. If you take a bite, it’s crispy on the surface and fluffy inside. It is one of the specialities of Asakusa. Next to the Melon Bread shop, there is a shooting gallery also owned by Kagetsudo and on the opposiste side, there is a goldfish scooping spot “Asakusa Kingyo”. Hopping these three spots will soak you up in the festival mood.

“Jumbo Melon Bread”. Be careful, they are sold out quickly!

Shootng gallery is located next to Kagetsudo. ¥350 for 5 bullets. You’ll get fancy prizes like porch, shot glass, etc.

At “Asakusa Kingyo”, you can enjoy scooping goldfish from the pool in the center of the store. Cute goldfish goods are displayed and sold.

Goldfish scooping is ¥300 for two pois (scoopers).
If you can’t take back the goldfish you caught, it’s okay to just enjoy scooping.

Asakusa Kagetsudo

Tel

03-3847-5251

Closed

No holiday

Hours

10:00-16:00 (or Melonpan is sold out)

LinkIcon Rokku Entertaiment District

One of the best Districts where the Popular Entertainmant flowered 

After the Meiji Restoration, Asakusa was maintained as a park and devided into six districts in Asakusa Ward. From its location as the sixth district (“rokku” in Japansese ), many playhouses, theaters, movie theaters were built. The crowd rushed to this place for the entertainment and was developed as the number one entertainment district in Japan. As the time goes by, many movie theaters were closed, however, Asakusa Rokku-za and Asakusa Engei Hall remained in the center of the Rokku Broadway district. There are also commercial complexes such as Asakusa Rox and Marugoto Nippon.

Postcard of the largest entertainment town in Japan, Rokku in 1911.(photo:edo.net)

One of the landmarks of Rokku Broadway, “Donkihote (Don Quixote)”

Marugoto Nippon is a shopping center which showcases traditional and regional cuisines and culture from all over Japan.

Yoshikami is a western style restaurant where many people stood in line since the time of establishment in1951.

Asakusa Rokku Street connecting Denpoin Street.

Photos of the celebrities associated with Asakusa are displayed on the street lights at Rokku Street.

At Star’s Square in front of Asakusa Public Hall, hand prints of the entertainers who contributed to the development of public entertainment are displayed.

Hand print of Beat Takeshi(Comedian and Movie director)

Hand print of Hibari Misora (Singer)

Five hand prints of the star are newly added in the flower bed at Orange Street every year.

Rokku Entertaiment District

Address

1~2chome Asakusa Taito-ku

Access

7 min from Tobu, Tokyo Metro, Toei Asakusa Sta.
1 min from Tsukuba-Express Asakusa Sta.

Website

https://www.asakusarokku.com/home

Asakusa Engei Hall

The only Yose (Japanese vaudeville theater) you can drop by freely 

One of the four Yoses in Tokyo where you can enjoy variety of entertainments like Rakugo (traditional comic storytelling) and comedies, skits, magic and paper cutting show. Buy a ticket at the entrance and get a seat. This place is recommendable for the first comers to Yose. It is open 365 days from 11:40-21:00. There are daytime and nighttime shows but you can enter at anytime even in the middle of the show. It is a spot where you will be able to experience the Japanese Yose world easily.

Asakusa Engei Hall is a Yose (vaudeville theater) opened in 1964. You can enjoy Rakugo (traditional comic storytelling) and Manzai (comedy performed by duo)

Buy ticket at the entrance. No need for reservation. ¥3000 for regular performance.

Various programs are performed. You can enter at any time.

Lunch boxes and sweets are sold at the stand. You can have food and drink in the Hall.

Engei Hall

Address

1-43-12 Asakusa Taito-ku

Tel

03-3841-6545

Closed

No holiday

Hours

11:40-16:30、16:40-21:00

Admission Fees

regular fee 3000yen

Website

https://www.asakusaengei.com/

LinkIcon SUMIDA RIVER WALK

New Promenade connecting Asakusa and TOKYO SKYTREE® area

Tokyo’s major tourist area Asakususa and TOKYO SKYTREE® are on the opposite sides of the Sumida River and it was only fairy inconvenient. The promenade was completed as the railway bridge running alongside the TOBU Line. You can have a rare experience to see the trains running constantly overhead listening to the sound and feeling the vibration of the train. You will also enjoy a beautiful view of the river and the wooden pavement comforts you. Now many people use this convenient promenade. There are two “Solakara-chan”s, the mascot character of TOKYO SKYTREE®, along the way. See if you can find them!

Slope for bicycles. You can walk while pushing your bicycle to cross the promenade.

We used to cross the Azuma Bridge over the Sumida River to go to TOKYO SKYTREE, but now it’s 350 meters shortcut.

Walking from Asakusa side, TOBU Line runs at upper left.

On the way, there is a glass pavement spot where you can see the surface of the river underneath.

SUMIDA RIVER WALK

Hours

7:00-22:00

Access

4 min walk from Asakusa Sta of TOBU SKYTREE LINE.

LinkIcon TOKYO mizumachi

New Waterfront Spot leading to Tokyo Skytree Town®

After crossing the SUMIDA RIVER WALK to the TOKYO SKYTREE® side, there is TOKYO mizumachi, the commercial district underneath the TOBU SKYTREE Line tracks opened in June, 2020. Walking through this district leads you to TOKYO Solamachi at the base of TOKYO SKYTREE®. It splits into West zone and East zone and due to its location along the Kitajikken River, it offers you the scenic view of the waterfront.
There are cafés, restaurants, bakeries and accommodation facilities. It will lead you to TOKYO SKYTREE® while enjoying shopping and refreshments at TOKYO mizumachi®.(Some shops will open in 2021.)

Each shop has a unique wall design.

Looking ahead toward TOKYO SKYTREE, several shops and coffe's has been lined in utilitied area underneath the TOBU SKYTREE Line, there is the Sumida park in front of the commercial complex.

In the other side, there is a quiet path along the waterway.

TOKYO SKYTREE Station for TOBU SKYTREE Line is beyond East Zone.

TOKYO mizumachi

Address

1chome Mukojima Sumida -ku

Access

5 min walk from North Exit of TOBU Asakusa Sta. .
8 min walk from TOBU TOKYO SKYTREE Sta.

Website

https://www.tokyo-mizumachi.jp/en/

LAND_A

Healthy Lunch at the Riverside Terrace 

Café dinning at the west end of the West Zone. It offers breakfast, lunch, café and dinner. They serve safe and secure food with plenty of vegetables from contracted farmers. Pasta and pizza are the main menu items and various side dishes are also served. You can enjoy BBQ at the riverside terrace, too. During the lunch hour 11:00-14:00, the local gourmet from all over Japan is served for the main dish in the lunch course.

After crossing the Sumida River Walk, this is the first shop you will find.

Terrace seat facing Kitajikken River is nice on a fine day. You can also enjoy BBQ.

Lemon steak using A5 rank Japanese Black from Ibaraki prefecture ¥1680 include bread or rice. Salad & soup, for additional ¥300.

Nice view of Kitajikken River from the inside of the restaurant.

LAND_A

Address

WEST ZONE 1-2-4 Mukojima Sumida-ku

Tel

03-5637-0107

Close

No holiday

Hours

9:00-20:00(L.O.19:30)

Website

https://land-a.jp/

LinkIcon SUMIDA AQUARIUM

You can appreciate sea creatures closely

An aquarium in Tokyo Skytree TownⓇ. Its distinctive feature is that you can appreciate the displays freely without any fixed route. Chairs are placed in front of the  tanks so you will be able to watch the favorite sea creatures at different places and from different angles as much as you want. The centerpiece of the aquarium is the largest open indoor pool in Japan where you can watch Magellanic Penguins and Fur Seals as close as you can almost feel them breathing. It attracts attention as the urban-aquarium for using completely artificial seawater without seawater transportation from the sea. For the prevention of spread of COVID-19, the number of visitors are limited so you should  book on the website in advance to visit the site.  

Jellyfish corner with various types of jellyfish. Mysticle Big Schale displaying about 500 moon jellyfish is spectacular.

Ogasawara Daisuiso (large water tank) reappears the sea of Ogasawara Islands.

Spotted garden eels are the popular characters popping up from the sand here and there.

Magellianic penguins swimming in the largest indoor opening water pool in Japan

SUMIDA AQUARIUM is on the 5th floor of Tokyo Skytree TownⓇ

Descend the escalator to the 4th floor from the aquarium, there is the entrance to TOKYO SKYTREEⓇ. Looking up 634 meters tower make your neck hurt.

SUMIDA AQUARIUM

Address

Soramachi 5-6F Tokyo Skytree town 1-1-2 Oshiage Sumida-ku

Tel

03-5619-1821

Closed

No holiday

Hours

10:00-20:00
Sun. & holidays 9:00-21:00
*Web reservation is required

Admission Fees

2300yen

Access

In front of TOKYO SKYTREE Sta.

Website

https://www.sumida-aquarium.com/en/index.html

LinkIcon Oshiage Station 'SKYTREE'

Use ExitB3 Oshiage Station for TOBU SKYTREE Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, Toei-Asakusa Line and Keisei-Oshiage Line

Convenient station to go anywhere as many train lines stop here. The section between Oshiaghe Station and Hikifune Station of the TOBU Isesaki Line is called “TOBU SKYTREE Line”

Go down taking escalator at Sorami-zaka and proceed toward Oshiage Station. Fantastic illuminations at night are one of the photo spots at TOKYO SKYTREE.

Goal for Osampo. Oshiage Station is a convenient station to get to anywhere.