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Tokyo Sightseeing Accessibility Guide

Last updated March 22, 2019

24. Sugamo, Oji, Arakawa

A casual stroll through old Tokyo on a Toden streetcar

24. Sugamo, Oji, Arakawa

Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line) is the only streetcar line remaining in Tokyo today. Take a leisurely trip from Sugamo to locations such as Asukayama while enjoying the simple landscape along the line reminiscent of yesteryear.

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  • Downtown
  • Amusement

Route

Select a spot to see details such as tourist information and barrier-free information.

  1. Start JR, Toei SubwaySugamo Station [Front Exit, Exit A1]

    About 4 minutes on foot foot About 240 meters

  2. Spot1 Sugamo Jizo-dori Shopping Street / Koganji Temple (About 800 meters)

    About 1 minutes on foot foot About 50 meters

  3. Station Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line)Koshinzuka Station

    About 6 minutes by train train 4th stop

  4. Station Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line)Asukayama Station

    About 7 minutes on foot foot About 400 meters

  5. Spot2 Asukayama Park / Three museums at Asukayama (About 400 meters)

    About 2 minutes on foot foot About 100 meters

  6. Station Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line)Oji-ekimae Station

    About 3 minutes by train train 3rd stop

  7. Station Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line)Arakawa shakomae Station

    About 1 minutes on foot foot About 50 meters

  8. Spot3 Toden Omoide Hiroba

    About 1 minutes on foot foot About 50 meters

  9. Goal Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line)Arakawa Shako mae Station
  • Information used in the creation of this website was current as of January 2019
  • Indicated route travel times are calculated based on a speed of about 60 meters/minute

Route Details

There is also useful information for the actual visit of a spot such as the time required, details on restrooms, and travel time between spots.

Explanation of PictogramsNote Items are indicated in dark blue if applicable.

There are restrooms that can be accessed with wheelchairs
Wheelchair-accessible restroom (located within the ticket gates at train and subway stations unless noted otherwise)
There are nursing areas
Nursing area (with diaper-changing table, unless noted otherwise)
Written communication possible through communication boards or paper
Written communication possible through communication boards or paper
Osotomate-friendly facility
Osotomate-friendly facility
Parking for the impaired
Parking for the impaired
Explanations, etc.  available through tactile maps or in Braille
Explanations, etc. available through tactile maps or in Braille
START!
  1. Start JR, Toei SubwaySugamo Station [Front Exit, Exit A1]

    The course starts at Front Exit of JR, Toei Subway Sugamo Station.

    For station details, refer to the JR East website and the Toei Subway website operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Transportation website.

    JR East website

    Toei Subway website operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Transportation

  2. About 4 minutes on foot foot About 240 meters

  3. Spot1 Sugamo Jizo-dori Shopping Street About 30 minutes

    Sugamo Jizo-dori Shopping Street

    Known as "Grandma’s Harajuku," the 800-meter-long Sugamo Jizo-dori shopping street is lined with lots of street stalls on "Togenuki Jizo" fair day.

    Accessibility Information

    • 車いすのまま入れるトイレなし
    • オストメイトの対応設備なし
    • 授乳スペースなし
    • 障がい者等用駐車スペースなし
    • 筆談ボード、もしくは紙などで筆談対応不可
    • 触地図、点字による解説等なし
    • 車いす貸出なし

    No level differences so even wheelchairs can move smoothly. Caution should be exercised on busy days such as weekends.

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms located at Koganji Temple.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    -
    Address
    Toshima-ku
    Fee
    -
    Hours
    Varies by shop
    Closed days
    Varies by shop
    Official Website
    http://www.sugamo.or.jp/

    *This information was current as of January 2019. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  4. Spot1a Koganji Temple (Togenuki Jizoson) About 10 minutes

    Koganji Temple (Togenuki Jizoson)

    Koganji Temple is fondly known as "Togenuki Jizoson." "Togenuki" (needle removal) comes from an Edo period tale in which a needle accidently swallowed by a woman came out of a Jizo after she drank a good luck charm. The "Arai-Kannon" on the grounds is also popular.

    Accessibility Information

    • There are restrooms that can be accessed with wheelchairs
    • Osotomate-friendly facility
    • 授乳スペースなし
    • 障がい者等用駐車スペースなし
    • Written communication possible through communication boards or paper
    • 触地図、点字による解説等なし
    • 車いす貸出なし

    There are no steps or inclinations at the entrance or on the grounds so moving about is easy. There is a ramp (13 degrees) at the side of the main temple building to allow wheelchair access (assistance required). Exercise caution on temple fair days (days with a 4 in the date) as it becomes very crowded.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom in the Koganji Temple Hall

    Restroom Information

    There are two restrooms with wheelchair access adjacent to the national route at the "Koganji Temple restrooms". One of them has ostomate facilities and for changing diapers.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3917-8221
    Address
    3-35-2, Sugamo, Toshima-ku
    Fee
    Free admission
    Hours
    Gates open: 6:00 - 17:00 (20:00 on the 4th, 14th and 24th)
    Closed days
    None
    Official Website
    https://www.sugamo.or.jp/prayer_detail01.html

    *This information was current as of January 2019. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  5. About 1 minutes on foot foot About 50 meters Travel Tips Railway crossing

    Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line) Koshinzuka Station

    About 6 minutes by train train 4th stop

    Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line) Asukayama Station

    About 7 minutes on foot foot About 400 meters Travel Tips Can move around to the JR Oji Station side and take an inclined elevator, Asukarugo, to avoid the long slope.

  6. Spot2 Asukayama Park

    Asukayama Park

    Tokugawa Yoshimune planted cherry trees and opened this park for the people of Edo to enjoy. Many visitors come to this famous site for viewing cherry blossoms. There are 3 museums on the park grounds.

    Accessibility Information

    • There are restrooms that can be accessed with wheelchairs
    • Osotomate-friendly facility
    • 授乳スペースなし
    • Parking for the impaired
    • 筆談ボード、もしくは紙などで筆談対応不可
    • 触地図、点字による解説等なし
    • 車いす貸出なし

    There is an inclined elevator (Asukarugo) on the JR Oji station side of the park, allowing access to the peak (operates between 10:00 and 16:00). Some paths are not paved, but pose no obstacles to wheelchairs. There are sections with a steep slope (max. inclination: 10 degrees).

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom in north side of general purpose ground

    Restroom Information

    All four public restrooms in the park are wheelchair-accessible and have diaper-changing stations. The restroom near the pedestrian bridge has ostomate facilities (open 8:00 - 19:00)

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3908-9275 (Street and park division Kita City)
    Address
    Kita-ku
    Fee
    Free
    Hours
    Free (some sections are closed)
    Closed days
    Free (some sections are closed)
    Official Website
    https://www.city.kita.tokyo.jp/d-douro/jutaku/koen/asukayama.html

    *This information was current as of January 2019. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  7. Spot2a Kita City Asukayama Museum

    Kita City Asukayama Museum

    The permanent display introduces the history of Kita-ku from antiquity to contemporary times, as well as its nature and culture, for visitors to experience the lifestyle of the people back then.

    Accessibility Information

    • There are restrooms that can be accessed with wheelchairs
    • オストメイトの対応設備なし
    • There are nursing areas
    • Parking for the impaired
    • Written communication possible through communication boards or paper
    • Explanations, etc.  available through tactile maps or in Braille
    • 車いす貸出あり

    There are braille and tactile maps for guidance, and if bookings are made in advance a curator will accompany you and allow you to touch the exhibits (clay pots, etc.)

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom on 1st floor

    Restroom Information

    There is a wheelchair-accessible restroom (with seats for changing diapers) on each floor.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3916-1133
    Address
    1-1-3, Oji, Kita-ku
    Fee
    ¥300 (Discounts available for seniors, people with impairments, and caregivers; inquire for details.)
    Hours
    10:00 - 17:00 (Ticket sales up to 16:30)
    Closed days
    Mondays (the following day if the Monday is a national holiday)
    Official Website
    https://www.city.kita.tokyo.jp/hakubutsukan/

    *This information was current as of January 2019. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

    staff

    The exhibits can be handled if bookings are made in advance.

  8. Spot2b Shibusawa Memorial Museum

    Shibusawa Memorial Museum

    A museum on the life and achievements of Shibusawa Eiichi. Aside from the main exhibition hall, part of his old estate, the Bankoro tea house and Seien Bunko library, which were built in the Taisho period, are open to the public.

    Accessibility Information

    • There are restrooms that can be accessed with wheelchairs
    • オストメイトの対応設備なし
    • 授乳スペースなし
    • 障がい者等用駐車スペースなし
    • Written communication possible through communication boards or paper
    • 触地図、点字による解説等なし
    • 車いす貸出あり

    People in wheelchairs can tour the main hall with no problem. An unpaved path must be passed to reach Seien Bunko, which also has a level difference at the entrance. Wheelchairs cannot be used in Bankoro.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom on 1st floor

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms located on the 1st floor.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3910-0005
    Address
    2-16-1, Nishigahara, Kita-ku (inside of Asukayama Park)
    Fee
    ¥300(Caregivers discounts available, inquire for details)
    Hours
    Main Hall, Bankoro, Seien Bunko: 10:00 - 17:00 (last entry: 16:30)
    Closed days
    Monday (the following weekday if the Monday is a national holiday), the day after a national holiday
    Official Website
    https://www.shibusawa.or.jp/english/index.html

    *This information was current as of January 2019. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

    staff

    The life and achievements of Shibusawa Eiichi, who built the foundations of the recent economic society of Japan, are introduced.

  9. Spot2c Paper Museum

    Paper Museum

    The paper manufacturing process, history, types and applications, arts and crafts made from paper, as well as a model of the world’s first paper making machine and materials on Japanese washi paper are on display.

    Accessibility Information

    • There are restrooms that can be accessed with wheelchairs
    • オストメイトの対応設備なし
    • 授乳スペースなし
    • 障がい者等用駐車スペースなし
    • Written communication possible through communication boards or paper
    • 触地図、点字による解説等なし
    • 車いす貸出あり

    Wheelchair users can tour the facility with no problems.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom on 1st floor

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms (including seats for changing diapers) located on the 1st floor.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3916-2320
    Address
    1-1-3, Oji, Kita-ku (inside of Asukayama Park)
    Fee
    ¥300 (Free for people with impairments, half price for caregivers. Inquire for details)
    Hours
    10:00 - 17:00 (last entry: 16:30)
    Closed days
    Mondays (the following weekday when Monday is a national holiday), the day after a national holiday, and temporary closures
    Official Website
    http://www.papermuseum.jp/en/

    *This information was current as of January 2019. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  10. About 2 minutes on foot foot About 100 meters Travel Tips Railway crossing to Toden Omoide Hiroba

    Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line) Oji-ekimae Station

    About 3 minutes by train train 3rd stop

    Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line) Arakawa shakomae Station

    About 1 minutes on foot foot About 50 meters

  11. Spot3 Toden Omoide Hiroba (Plaza of Memories) About 20 minutes

    Toden Omoide Hiroba (Plaza of Memories)

    In this space built in the image of nostalgic tram stops, two historically valuable streetcars on display. In the streetcars are dioramas themed on scenes from the mid 1950s to early 60s.

    Accessibility Information

    • There are restrooms that can be accessed with wheelchairs
    • Osotomate-friendly facility
    • 授乳スペースなし
    • 障がい者等用駐車スペースなし
    • 筆談ボード、もしくは紙などで筆談対応不可
    • 触地図、点字による解説等なし
    • 車いす貸出なし

    Four steps must be climbed to enter the tram. The plaza has tactile paving.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom

    Restroom Information

    There is a wheelchair-accessible restroom (with ostomate facilities) in the plaza.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3893-7451 (Arakawa Train Office)
    Address
    8-33-7, Nishiogu, Arakawa-ku
    Fee
    Free admission
    Hours
    Saturdays and national holidays: 10:00 - 16:00
    Closed days
    -
    Official Website
    https://www.kotsu.metro.tokyo.jp/toden/kanren/omoide.html

    *This information was current as of January 2019. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

    staff

    Be sure to visit the once famous carriage seeped in the Toden era.

  12. About 1 minutes on foot foot About 50 meters Travel Tips Some sections do not have sidewalks. Exercise caution.

  13. Goal Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line)Arakawa Shakomae Station

    The course finishes at Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line) Arakawa Shakomae Station.
    For station details, see the Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line) website (Bureau of Transportation, Tokyo Metropolitan Government).

    Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line) website (Bureau of Transportation, Tokyo Metropolitan Government)

Sightseeing spots around the area between
Sugamo, Oji and Arakawa

  1. Spot5 Shinshoji Temple

    Shinshoji Temple

    The Jizo on the grounds is the third of the six Jizo statues of Edo.

    Accessibility Information

    • 車いすのまま入れるトイレなし
    • オストメイトの対応設備なし
    • 授乳スペースなし
    • 障がい者等用駐車スペースなし
    • 筆談ボード、もしくは紙などで筆談対応不可
    • 触地図、点字による解説等なし
    • 車いす貸出なし

    An absence of level differences or inclines at the entrance/exit and on the grounds enables smooth wheelchair movement.

    Restroom Information

    There are no wheelchair-accessible restrooms.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3918-4068
    Address
    3-21-21, Sugamo, Toshima-ku
    Fee
    Free entry to grounds
    Hours
    -
    Closed days
    None
    Official Website
    https://www.sugamo.or.jp/prayer_detail02.html

    *This information was current as of January 2019. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

  2. Spot6 Hoku Topia (observation lobby)

    Hoku Topia (observation lobby)

    The observation lobby on the 17th floor has windows on three sides. This is Kita City’s proud viewing site where you can take in sights from Asukayama Park to TOKYO SKYTREE®, Saitama Shintoshin, and the Chichibu mountains.

    Accessibility Information

    • There are restrooms that can be accessed with wheelchairs
    • Osotomate-friendly facility
    • There are nursing areas
    • Parking for the impaired
    • Written communication possible through communication boards or paper
    • 触地図、点字による解説等なし
    • 車いす貸出あり

    The view can be enjoyed from a wheelchair. There is no wheelchair-accessible restrooms on the 17th floor observation lobby, however they can be found in 12 places in Hoku Topia.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom on 10th floor

    Restroom Information

    There are 12 wheelchair-accessible restrooms, but not on the viewing lobby. Ostomate facilities are provided in the 10th floor restroom.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-5390-1100
    Address
    1-11-1, Oji, Kita-ku
    Fee
    Free admission
    Hours
    8:30 - 22:00
    Closed days
    Irregular holidays
    Official Website
    https://www.hokutopia.jp/

    *This information was current as of January 2019. Contact individual facilities to confirm details.

Note 1:
This document has been created based on information as of January 2019.
Note 2:
The travelling time for the routes is estimated at 60 meters per minute.
Note 3:
It is recommended that you make preliminary confirmations of the information listed here by phone before your outing as there may be changes in the data.
Note 4:
Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any loss or injury that may be incurred due to this information.
Note 5:
Consumption tax is included in all listed fees as a general rule. Fees such as admission fees are those for adults unless stated otherwise.
Note 6:
It is recommended that visitors with physical impairments make preliminary inquiries at facilities that they wish to visit such as through their websites. They might be offered discounts or exemptions from fees for the disabled, although the conditions for the presentation of physical impairment certificates may differ.
Note 7:
As a general rule, holiday seasons such as the year-end and New Year's holidays, the Obon holiday break, and Golden Week are not listed.
Note 8:
As a general rule, the hours listed here are the opening and closing hours. Please note that the final time for admission listed here is generally from 30 minutes to 1 hour before closing time.
Note 9:
Please make confirmations with the transit agency you are travelling with before your outing as traffic information may change due to natural disasters or depending on the season.
Note 10:
Map information is the result of investigation from September 2018 to January 2019.