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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: 4 November 2016

The Asakusa and Ueno area has lots of spots which enable you to appreciate the 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, which is the oldest temple in Tokyo. After passing through the Kaminarimon Gate with its iconic gigantic red lantern, there is the Nakamise Shopping Street lined with unique shops. If you go straight down this street, the main hall will come into sight. Give a solemn prayer, then go around and look at other places including Goju-no-to (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 tourist attraction in Asakusa. It is an old-style amusement park which started as a botanical garden and has been loved by local people. The noted roller coaster is popular with its peculiar setting of going through a private house. In the park there is a unique nostalgic atmosphere.

  • Asakusa 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 Ameya-Yokocho

Lively Ameya-Yokocho

Ameya-Yokocho shopping district, commonly known as Ameyoko, developed after the war. It is a shopping district where you can get products varying from groceries to clothes which are cheap, but good in quality. Around Tokyo Metro's Shin-Okachimachi Station there is a remarkable number of super discount shops and izakaya (a Japanese-style bar). At year-end, the area is crowded with shoppers from various places. Buyers and sellers actively engage in bargaining.

  • Ameyoko shotengai
    • 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 / 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 which is very popular and some rare animals like a gorilla and a polar bear.

  • 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 / 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 in imitation 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 image of the one depicted in ukiyo-e pictures and considered a symbol of Edo 150 years ago.

  • Kiyomizu Kannondo
    • 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 / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      8 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3821-4749

Enjoy the present and the past

Asakusa in downtown Tokyo and the neighborhood of Ueno were vibrant in the past and still remain the same. It is so lively that it seems as if there is a festival going on every day. It is not rare to have alleys with good old 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 snacks of Shitamachi that can be bought for a small amount of money.

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

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