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How to Enjoy your First Time in Asakusa and Ueno

How to Enjoy your First Time in Asakusa and Ueno

Update: 13 April 2017

The Asakusa and Ueno area has lots of spots to offer that convey the unique atmosphere of the Edo period. Spend a whole day strolling around the town while visiting famous tourist spots and places not many people know about!

  1. 1
    Kinryuzan Senso-ji Temple
  2. 2
    Asakusa Hanayashiki
  3. 3
    Lively Ameya-Yokocho
  4. 4
    Ueno Zoological Gardens
  5. 5
    Kiyomizu Kannon-do
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Kinryuzan Senso-ji Temple

Kinryuzan Senso-ji Temple

First, pay a visit to Senso-ji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo. After passing through the Kaminarimon Gate with its iconic gigantic red lantern, the Nakamise Shopping Street lined with unique shops sprawls out in front of you. If you go straight down this street, the main hall will come into sight. Give a solemn prayer, then go around to see other places such as the Five-Story Pagoda and Nio-mon Gate.

  • Senso-ji Temple
    • Address 2-3-1, Asakusa, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 111-0032
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    • Nearest Station Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line / Tobu Isesaki Line (Tobu Sky Tree Line) / Tsukuba Express)
      5 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3842-0181
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Asakusa Hanayashiki

Asakusa Hanayashiki

Hanayashiki is a major tourist attraction in Asakusa and Japan's oldest amusement park. This nostalgic park first opened as a botanical garden and has been loved by local people for decades. One roller coaster is especially popular as it appears to run straight through a private house. Stop by Hanayashiki and experienc ethe unique atmospher eof Japan's oldest amusement park!

  • Hanayashiki
    • Address 2-28-1, Asakusa, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 111-0032
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    • Nearest Station Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line / Tobu Isesaki Line (Tobu Sky Tree Line) / Tsukuba Express)
      3 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3842-8780
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Lively Ameyoko

Lively Ameyoko

Ameya-Yokocho shopping district, commonly known as Ameyoko, developed as a black market after WWII. Today, it is a shopping district where you can buy products varying from groceries to clothes - all of them reasonably priced but of high quality. Around Tokyo Metro's Shin-Okachimachi Station there is a remarkable number of super discount shops and izakaya, Japanese-style bars. At the end of the year, the area is crowded with shoppers from various places. Buyers and sellers actively engage in bargaining.

  • Ameyoko Shopping Street
    • Address 4, Ueno, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-0005
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    • Nearest Station Ueno Station (Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Tohoku Main Line / JR Utsunomiya Line / JR Takasaki Line / JR Joban Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3832-5053
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Ueno Zoological Gardens

Ueno Zoological Gardens

Ueno Zoo keeps more than 400 species of animals. Ueno Zoo was the first zoo in Japan, opening in 1882. You can get up close to animals living in a natural state in an environment that is close to their wild habitat. They have a giant panda that is very popular among visitors, and some rare animals such as a gorilla and a polar bear.

  • Ueno Zoo (Ueno Zoological Gardens)
    • Address 9-83, Uenokouen, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-8711
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    • Nearest Station Ueno Station (Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Tohoku Main Line / JR Utsunomiya Line / JR Takasaki Line / JR Joban Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      5 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3828-5171
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Kiyomizu Kannon-do

Kiyomizu Kannon-do was built as a replication of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a popular tourist spot in Kyoto. The stage was made to overlook the Shinobazunoike Pond. It is a spot where you can get a fantastic view of a row of cherry blossom trees during the cherry blossom season. The pine tree making a loop was created in the image of a famous tree depicted in ukiyo-e pictures and considered a symbol of Edo 150 years ago.

  • Kiyomizu Kannon-do Temple
    • Address 1-29, Uenokouen, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-0007
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    • Nearest Station Ueno Station (Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Tohoku Main Line / JR Utsunomiya Line / JR Takasaki Line / JR Joban Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      8 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3821-4749

Enjoy the Present and the Past

Asakusa and Ueno, Edo's downtown areas, were as busy and lively in the past as they are today. It almost seems as if there is a festival going on every day! It is not uncommon to find alleys with a nostalgic atmosphere just behind the skyscrapers. Why don't you look around the area, feeling the present and the past of Tokyo, as you drop by a cheap izakaya or eat the many unique snacks of old downtown Edo?

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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