Lovers of traditional Japanese culture are in for a treat in Asakusa.
Lovers of traditional Japanese culture are in for a treat in Asakusa, where two of Tokyo’s most picturesque landmarks—Kaminarimon and Sensoji—can be found. Take the time to explore, as there are surprises around every corner in this part of the city, and plenty of shops selling everything from lacquer ware and kimono to folding fans and pottery. Amid the traditional culture, you’ll also find popular sports bars broadcasting live from around the world.
Asakusa to Shinjuku
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line to Kanda Station: Chuo Line (Express) to Shinjukui (About 30 minutes, ¥240).
Access from Shinjuku to Tokyo Stadium
Keio Line Limited Express from Shinjuku to Chofu; change to the Keio Line local train to Tobitakyu Station (About 30 minutes, ¥240). 120-minute walk.
Things To Do
Asakusa - Experience
If you’re looking for the ultimate Japanese experience, you can’t do much better than trying on a kimono—and the rental shop Yae is the perfect place to do it.
Asakura - Experience
Karate Experience : Kawara-wari
Want to impress your friends back home? Record a video of you smashing a pile of kawara bricks like a real karate master. Try it out at the shop Kawarana.
Ryogoku - Experience
Art:National Museum of Western Art, Sumida Hokusai Museum
Hokusai is one of Japan’s most celebrated artists, and he’s a native son of a neighbourhood next to Asakusa. Learn more about the artist and his work at the Sumida Hokusai Museum.
Asakusa - Shopping
Kappabashi Street : TRADITIONAL KNIFE Kamata Hakensha
Kappabashi Street is an offbeat shopping destination, where you can find cookware, pottery, and highly detailed plastic food samples! Definitely a spot to hit if you’re looking for unique souvenirs.
Ueno - Nightlife
Walk and eat : Ameyoko Street
Ameyoko is a lively shopping and entertainment street, just steps away from Ueno Station. It’s a perfect place for strolling, and filled with bustling izakaya—traditional Japanese pubs.
Ueno - Nightlife
Sports bar : The World End, Hub, and Three Monkeys Café.
Fancy a drink while you catch a game or two? Ueno’s got you covered, with sports bars such as The World End, Hub, and Three Monkeys Cafe.
SAMURAI TRIP Kendo Experience Tour
Samurai were Japanese warriors who developed incredible swordsmanship. This tradition still lives on in the martial art of kendo. A sport that is infused with the spirit of samurai, kendo focuses on the importance of respect, not just winning.
True Japan Tour Karate Experience
Originally based on Chinese combat, karate was developed in Japan as a martial art that doesn't rely on weapons (karate means “empty hand” in Japanese). The program teaches both karate skills and the creed of the dojo.
Yanesen Iaido : Japanese Swordsman ship
In iaido, your performance is judged not only on how you wield your sword, but how you sheath it in the scabbard. It’s a martial art that requires consistent concentration.
Asakusa Batting Stadium
Going to the batting cages is a beloved pastime in Japan. Feel the excitement of hitting a ball thrown by a pitcher on a video screen!