The following is a suggested half day itinerary for medium paced travelers of Tokyo's touristy, yet historic Asakusa District, home of Sensoji Temple. This itinerary can be extended with a few additions or combined with Odaiba into a full day plan.

Start at Asakusa Station
Walk to Kaminarimon
3 minutes
Iconic gate in Asaskusa 10 minutes
The Kaminarimon Gate marks the entrance to Sensoji Temple in Asakusa.
Nakamise Dori
Shopping Street 30 minutes
The historic Nakamise Dori is a shopping street and the main approach to Sensoji Temple. The souvenir shops and food vendors that line the street have been serving temple visitors for centuries.
Sensoji Temple
Buddhist temple 30 minutes
Sensoji Temple is one of Tokyo's most colorful and popular temples as well as one of the city's oldest. Walk around the grounds and explore the temple buildings which include a main hall and a five storied pagoda.
Around the temple
Old fashioned neighborhoods 30 minutes
After exiting the temple grounds, check out the old-fashioned neighborhoods around Asakusa like Dempoin Street and Shin-Nakamise Shopping Street
Walk to Sumida Park
10 minutes
Sumida Park
A park lined with cherry tress along the Sumida River 45 minutes
End the tour at Sumida Park. From here you can continue on to the Tokyo Skytree or take a Tokyo Water Bus tour to Odaiba.

Recommended Additions

Tokyo Skytree

Across the Sumida River is the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in Japan. The complex has two observation decks with great views over the city, as well as the Tokyo Solamachi shopping center and Sumida Aquarium. The Tokyo Skytree is about a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute train ride from Asakusa.


Kappabashi is Tokyo's restaurant supply district, selling all kinds of cooking supplies including knives, cookware, tableware, kitchen utensils and appliances, and plastic sample food.


Drums from around the world, including Japanese taiko drums, are exhibited in this small museum. Visitors can play several of the drums. The museum is located above a store.


Originally opened as a flower park, Hanayashiki is a small amusement park with a history of more than 150 years. Located just a few steps from Sensoji, the nostalgic amusement park including a small Ferris wheel, roller coaster, carousel and space shot.

Hotels around Tokyo

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Backpackers Hostel K's House Tokyo
One of the most popular hostels in Tokyo.
Hotel Century Southern Tower
The most conveniently located hotel in Shinjuku, just a few steps from the station entrance.
Hotel Metropolitan Marunouchi
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is one of the city's most convenient and comfortable hotels.
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Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
Just a few steps from Shinjuku Station, this hotel ranks among Tokyo's best values.
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Keio Plaza Hotel
One of Tokyo's most popular hotels and best values, a 5-10 minute walk from the station.
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Ritz Carlton Tokyo Hotel
Leading 5-star hotel on the top floors of Tokyo Midtown.
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Shangri-La Hotel
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is the city's most conveniently located 5-star hotel.
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