Getting to know traditional Japanese townscapes and culture

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Course: Sensoji Temple >> Nakamise omote-dori (main street) and ura-dori (backstreet) >> Taito-ku Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center >> Ueno Ameyoko Shotengai

This course takes you on a quest of traditional Japanese townscapes and shitamachi culture in Asakusa and Ueno. Start at Asakusa Station, weave your way through Nakamise omote-dori (main street), bustling with souvenir shops, and pay a visit to Senso-ji Temple. Across the street from Kaminari-mon Gate, the Taito-ku Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center offers useful sightseeing information and currency exchange services. From there, head to Ueno and take a stroll through Ameyoko Shopping Street, famous for the bargain deals on New Year’s Eve. The shopping streets of Asakusa and Ueno promise a delightful experience of the stylish and creative shitamachi culture of Edo-period artisans and merchants.

11:00 TOKYO METRO GINZA LINE ASAKUSA STATION EXIT 1

Walk      5 minutes
 

11:05 Map: 2Sensoji Temple / Map: 1NAKAMISE OMOTE-DORI (MAIN STREET) AND URA-DORI (BACKSTREET)

Photograph: Sensoji Temple

A short walk from Asakusa Station brings into view Kaminari-mon Gate. From there, weave your way through Nakamise omote-dori (main street), bustling with souvenir shops selling everything fromwagashi confectionery to Japanese knick-knacks to kimono gowns, and visit the main hall of Senso-ji Temple. On the way back, there’s even more fun on Nakamise ura-dori (backstreet) and Shin Nakamise-dori Street, lined with restaurants and cafes serving Japanese specialties like sukiyaki and tempura, in addition to souvenir shops.

Walk      1 minute
 

14:30 Map: 3TAITO-KU ASAKUSA CULTURE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER

The tourist information center offers services in the English, Korean, and Chinese languages. It helps visitors purchase theater tickets and hands out maps. The terrace observatory commands a panoramic view of Asakusa, with TOKYO SKYTREE in the distance.

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15:00 Map: 4TOKYO METRO GINZA LINE ASAKUSA STATION EXIT 2

Train      9 minutes
It’s a 30-minute walk from Asakusa Station to Ueno Station. Along the way is Kappabashi Dougu Street, lined with specialty stores offering kitchen utensils. Japanese kitchen knives and food samples are favorites of foreign tourists.

15:09 Map: 5TOKYO METRO GINZA LINE UENO STATION EXIT 5B

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15:10 Ueno Ameyoko Shotengai

The famous shopping street by Ueno Station stretches some 500 meters long and is packed with 400 vendors of groceries, clothing, and more.

Walk      1 minute
 

17:00 TOKYO METRO GINZA LINE UENO STATION EXIT 5B

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