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Asakusa () is the center of Tokyo's shitamachi (literally "low city"), one of Tokyo's districts, where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of past decades survives.

Asakusa's main attraction is Sensoji, a very popular Buddhist temple, built in the 7th century. The temple is approached via the Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries.

Asakusa can easily be explored on foot. Alternatively, you can consider a guided tour on a rickshaw (jinrikisha, literally "man powered vehicle"). A 30 minute tour for two persons costs around 9000 yen. Shorter and longer courses are also available.

For many centuries, Asakusa used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district. During the Edo Period (1603-1867), when the district was still located outside the city limits, Asakusa was the site of kabuki theaters and a large red light district. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, modern types of entertainment, including movie theaters, set foot in Asakusa.

However, large parts of Asakusa were destroyed in the air raids of World War Two. And while the area around the rebuilt Sensoji has regained its former popularity after the war, the same cannot be said for Asakusa's entertainment district. The opening of the 634 meter tall Tokyo Skytree, a twenty minute walk across the Sumida River from Asakusa, has led to an increase of tourists recently.

Temples and Shrines

Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate)

Hours: Always open
Admission: Free

Sensoji Temple

Hours: 6:00 to 17:00 (from 6:30 October to March)
Admission: Free

Asakusa Shrine

Hours: Always open
Admission: Free

Dempoin Temple

Not usually open to the public

Shopping

Nakamise Shopping Street

Hours depend on the individual shops; typically daily from 9:00 to 18:00

Shin-Nakamise Shopping Street

Hours depend on the individual shops; typically daily from 10:00 to 19:00.

Kappabashi Shopping Street

Hours: Most shops open from 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: Many shops are closed on Sundays and national holidays

Rox Department Store

Shops: Daily 10:30 to 21:00 (supermarket is open 24 hours)
Restaurants: Daily 11:00 to 22:00

Tobu Asakusa Station & Matsuya Department Store

Matsuya department store is open daily from 10:00 to 20:00

Asakusa Underground Street

Hours depend on the individual shops

Other Attractions

Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center

Hours: 9:00 to 20:00 (observation deck until 22:00)
Closed: No closing days

Sumida Park

Hours: Always open
Admission: Free

Rokku Entertainment District

Opening hours depend on the individual businesses

Hanayashiki Amusement Park

Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (longer hours during holidays)
Admission: 1000 yen plus separate fees for rides

Asahi Beer Tower

Restaurants open daily from 11:30 to 22:00

Taikokan (Drum Museum)

Hours: 10:00 to 17:00
Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays, New Year and Obon
Admission: 500 yen

Dining

Kamiya Bar

Hours: 11:30 to 22:00 (last order at 21:30)
Closed: Tuesdays

Umezono

Hours: 10:00 to 19:00
Closed: Some Wednesdays

Suzukien Nanaya Gelato

Hours: 11:00 to 17:00
Closed: Irregular closures

Asakusa Kagetsudo

Hours: 9:00 until sold out

Tempura

Hours depend on shops; typically daily from 11:30 to 20:00

Unagi

Hours depend on shops; typically 11:30 to 13:30 and 17:30 to 19:30

Getting there and around

Asakusa is served by the Ginza Subway Line, Asakusa Subway Line, Tsukuba Express and Tobu Railways. It can also be accessed by the Tokyo Water Bus.

From Tokyo Station

Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes, 140 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes, 170 yen).

From Shinjuku Station

Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes, 170 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes, 170 yen).

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    • Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo
      Budget-friendly
      Conveniently situated in the Taito district of Tokyo, Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo is located 60 metres from Komagatado, 500 metres from Kaminarimon Gate Senso-ji and 500 metres from Ekimise Asakusa. Featuring a shared lounge, the 1-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. Guest rooms include bed linen. The hostel offers a terrace. Popular points of interest near Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo include Hozomon Gate, Chiisanagarasunohonno Museum and World Bags and Luggage Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 30 km from the accommodation.
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    • cyashitsu ryokan asakusa
      Mid-range
      Attractively located in the centre of Tokyo, cyashitsu ryokan asakusa features air-conditioned rooms, a bar, free WiFi and a shared lounge. Boasting a terrace, this property is situated a short distance from Asakusa Fujiasama Shrine, Nitenmon Gate and Edo Taito Traditional Crafts Center. The accommodation offers a concierge service and luggage storage space for guests. At the ryokan, all rooms are equipped with a wardrobe. Rooms are equipped with a safety deposit box and some rooms include city views. Guests at cyashitsu ryokan asakusa can enjoy an Asian breakfast. At the accommodation guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot tub. Popular points of interest near cyashitsu ryokan asakusa include Honryuin Matsuchiyama Shoden, Hozomon Gate and Great Tokyo Air Raid Memorial Monument. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 32 km from the ryokan.
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    • Hotel Gracery Asakusa
      Luxury
      800 metres from Sensoji Temple, Hotel Gracery Asakusa provides a 4-star accommodation in the Taito district of Tokyo. The property is located 1.7 km from Tokyo Skytree and 1.8 km from Edo Tokyo Museum. The property is 2 km from Ryogoku Kokugikan National Sumo Stadium and 5 km from Marunouchi Building. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. The rooms come with a private bathroom with a bath. At Hotel Gracery Asakusa the rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Staff speak English and Japanese at the reception. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 30 km from Hotel Gracery Asakusa.
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    • Asakusa Kokono Club Hotel
      Mid-range
      Boasting a garden, terrace and views of garden, Asakusa Kokono Club Hotel is set in Tokyo, 60 metres from Edo Taito Traditional Crafts Center. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. Some units at the property feature a balcony with a city view. Guests at the hotel can enjoy an American or an Asian breakfast. Popular points of interest near Asakusa Kokono Club Hotel include Hozomon Gate, Asakusa ROX Shopping Center and Kinryu Park. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 18 km from the accommodation.
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    • KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS
      Mid-range
      Set in Tokyo, within 100 metres of Tokyo Origami Museum and 600 metres of Komagatado, KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS offers accommodation with a bar and free WiFi throughout the property. This 3-star hotel offers a concierge service. The hotel has family rooms. All rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a bidet and slippers, all guest rooms at KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and certain rooms also offer a seating area. At the accommodation all rooms include bed linen and towels. Continental and ? la carte breakfast options are available every morning at KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Chiisanagarasunohonno Museum, Sumida Riverside Hall and Tokyo Metropolitan Memorial Hall. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 28 km from KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS.
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    • Ryokan Asakusa Shigetsu
      Mid-range
      Situated in the Asakusa area, Ryokan Asakusa Shigetsu has a history of 80 years. The accommodation boasts a view of the Tokyo Skytree from its Hinoki wood bath, a colorful breakfast and rice cooked in a rice cooking cauldron. Ryokan Asakusa Shigetsu is situated a 5-minute walk from Asakusa Subway Station, near Nakamise-dori Street and Senso-ji Temple. Asakusa Subway Station provides direct access to Ueno, Shibuya and Ginza areas, and also to the Narita and Haneda international airports. Japanese-style rooms and Western single rooms are available. Each guest room comes equipped with air conditioning, a satellite TV, a refrigerator and an en suite bathroom. Hairdryers, yukata robes, tea sets and mineral water are provided. On-site restaurant Ajidokoro Hozuki offers breakfast at an additional charge per person, which is served between 07:30 ? 09:00. There is a bath for each gender on site and both the female and male baths offer a view of Senso-ji Templefs Five-storied Pagoda.
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    • B:CONTE Asakusa
      Mid-range
      Only a 5-minute walk from Asakusa Subway Station and Tawaramachi Subway Station, B:CONTE Asakusa offers modern accommodations with a kitchen and an in-room launderette. Free Wi-Fi is available at the entire property and Japanese/English-speaking concierge service is available. Senso-ji Temple is a 3-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV with a DVD player and ironing facilities. The kitchen comes with a microwave, a fridge and a stove. Kitchenware is provided as well, and the en suite bathroom comes with a shower room. Free-use bicycles are available for guests to tour the area and dry cleaning services are offered at the concierge. An air purifier and trouser press can be rented as well. French and Italian dishes are served at Daimasu Bar. Asakusa B:CONTE is a 10-minute train ride from Tokyo Sky Tree and Ryogoku Sumo Hall. JR Ueno and Akihabara Train Stations are both a 5-minute train ride away.
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    • Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
      Mid-range
      Open from December 2015, Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International is situated within a 1-minute walk from Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station. The property features a 24-hour front desk and offers free WiFi access in all areas. The hotel is situated a 8-minute walk away from Asakusa Train Station, which offers access to the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Toei Asakusa Line and Tobu Line train routes. Guests can enjoy sightseeing and shopping in the area. Sensoji Temple is only 300 metres away and the iconic Kaminarimon Thunder Gate and Nakamise-Dori Street are both within a 6-minutes walk from the hotel. The property offers luggage storage. In addition, guests will find laundry and dry cleaning facilities at an extra cost, as well as a trouser press. Drink vending machines are on site. Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International features 2 meeting rooms. All guest rooms feature air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, Simmons mattresses, an iron, safety box and desk. Electric kettles and refrigerators are also installed. The en suite bathroom features a bath and shower. Free toiletries including toothbrushes, a hairdryer and slippers are provided. Several restaurants and fast-food stores are located within a 5-minute walk from the property.
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    • Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Spring
      Luxury
      Situated conveniently in the Taito district of Tokyo, Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Spring is set 300 metres from Edo Taito Traditional Crafts Center, 400 metres from Asakusa Public Hall and 500 metres from Asakusa ROX Shopping Center. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking is available on site. The hotel offers a buffet or Asian breakfast. At Onyado Nono Asakusa guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot spring bath and a sauna. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kinryu Park, Kaminarimon Gate Senso-ji and Nitenmon Gate. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 32 km from Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Spring.
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    • Khaosan Tokyo Origami
      Budget-friendly
      Located in central Asakusa, Khaosan Tokyo Origami is a 5-minute walk from iconic Kaminari-mon Gate and Senso-ji Temple. Open from October 2014, this hostel offers dorm beds and Japanese-style private rooms, while hosting various events on site. Free WiFi is available in all areas. The hostel has a shared lounge offering complimentary drinks and panoramic city views. Guests can socialise with other guests at the gallery space, which holds cultural events and crafts workshops. Luggage storage, laundry facilities are also available on site. Rooms are all soundproof and come with air conditioning, heating and bed linens. Toilets and bathrooms are shared, and free toiletries are offered. Tokyo Origami Khaosan is a 5-minute walk from Asakusafs Nakamise shopping street. No meals are served. Guests can prepare their own meals at the common kitchen.
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