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Tokyo Sightseeing Accessibility Guide

Last updated March 22, 2019

12. Hamamatsucho, Asakusa

Visit Tokyo Tower and feel the ocean breeze on a water bus ride to Asakusa

12. Hamamatsucho, Asakusa

Stroll through the grounds of Zojoji Temple and Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens, located in an area that served as the nerve center of old Edo, the former name of Tokyo. Afterwards, take a water bus up the Sumida River to Asakusa, historically a district for commoners. Enjoy touring some of Tokyo’s most famous sightseeing spots such as Tokyo Tower and Sensoji Temple.

  • Metropolitan center and sub-center
  • Joto
  • Culture/history
  • Downtown

Route

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

  1. Start Toei Subway Shibakoen Station[Exit A3]

    About 6 minutes on foot foot About 350 meters

  2. Spot1 Zojoji Temple

    About 6 minutes on foot foot About 350 meters

  3. Spot2 Tokyo Tower

    On foot foot

  4. Bus Stop Toei Bus浜95 Tokyo Tower Bus Stop(on Tokyo Tower grounds)

    About 14 minutes by bus bus 9th stop

  5. Bus Stop Toei Bus浜95 Hinode Sanbashi Iriguchi Bus Stop

    About 7 minutes on foot foot About 400 meters

  6. Spot3 Water BusHinode Pier Water Bus Station

    About 40 minutes
    by water bus
    Water Bus TOKYO CRUISE Sumida River Line

  7. Water Bus Station Water BusAsakusa Water Bus Station

    About 3 minutes on foot foot About 150 meters

  8. Spot4 Kaminarimon Gate

    On foot foot

  9. Spot5 Nakamise Street
    (About 250 meters)

    On foot foot

  10. Spot6 Sensoji Temple

    About 3 minutes on foot foot About 180 meters

  11. Spot7 Denboin-dori Street

    About 4 minutes on foot foot About 240 meters

  12. Goal Tokyo MetroAsakusa Station[Exit 1]
  • 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 Toei Subway Shibakoen Station[Exit A3]

    The course starts at Exit A3 of Toei Shibakoen Station.

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

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

  2. About 6 minutes on foot foot About 350 meters Travel Tips Cross the "Shibakoen Ground" intersection toward Zojoji Temple and turn right. Be careful as you will pass the entrance to a hotel parking lot. Enter the temple grounds through Kuromon Gate.

  3. Spot1 Zojoji Temple About 30 minutes

    Zojoji Temple

    One of the seven head temples of the Jodo-shu Pure Land Sect of Buddhism and the main seminary for the Jodo sect in the Kanto (greater Tokyo) region. The Daiden (Main Hall) was rebuilt in 1974, while the Ankokuden hall was reconstructed in 2010.

    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
    • 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

    Staff at Zojoji Kaikan (the temple office) will guide you to the accessible route. Wheelchair users can use the Zojoji Kaikan elevator to access the Daiden (Main Hall) from the 2nd floor.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom on 1st floor of Zojoji Kaikan

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms located on 1st and 3rd floors of Zojoji Kaikan (temple office) and south side of 1st floor of Daiden (main hall). Diaper-changing station available inside wheelchair-accessible restroom on 1st floor of Zojoji Kaikan.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3432-1431
    Address
    4-7-35 Shibakoen, Minato-ku
    Fee
    Free entry to grounds (fee required to enter some areas; inquire for details on fees, hours, holidays, etc.)
    Hours
    9:00-17:00
    Closed days
    None
    Official Website
    http://www.zojoji.or.jp/en/

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

  4. About 6 minutes on foot foot About 350 meters Travel Tips There is a long and steep slope from the "Tokyo Tower" intersection behind the temple. Wheelchair users will need assistance.

  5. Spot2 Tokyo Tower About 2 hours

    Tokyo Tower

    A beloved Tokyo symbol since its opening in 1958. At 333 meters in height, the view from its observatories is a must-see. The 250 meter-high Special Observatory has been newly opened as the ”Top Deck”. The interactive ”Top Deck Tour” can now be visited with advanced reservations.

    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

    Extensive infant-friendly facilities. The attraction is well-staffed.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom on 2nd floor

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms located on 1st and 2nd floors. Facilities for ostomy pouch users and diaper-changing station available in wheelchair-accessible restroom on 2nd floor.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3433-5111
    Address
    4-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato-ku
    Fee
    MAIN DECK: ¥900 (discounts may be available for customers with impairments; inquire for details.)
    Tokyo Tower Top Deck Tour: ¥2,800 (reservations required)
    Hours
    Observatories open 9:00 - 23:00 (admission until 22:30)
    Closed days
    None
    Official Website
    http://www.tokyotower.co.jp/eng/

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

  6. On foot foot Travel Tips Wheelchair users will need assistance getting up onto the sidewalk at the "Tokyo Tower" bus stop as there is a 10-centimeter step on the bus stop-side of the sidewalk. Note that buses do not run frequently.

    Toei Bus 浜95 Tokyo Tower Bus Stop(on Tokyo Tower grounds)

    About 14 minutes by bus bus 9th stop

    Toei Bus 浜95 Hinode Sanbashi Iriguchi Bus Stop

    About 7 minutes on foot foot About 400 meters

    Hinode Pier Water Bus Station

  7. Spot3 Water Bus About 40 minutes

    Water Bus

    Comfortable boats operating on 6 water bus lines link Odaiba and other parts of the Tokyo Bay area with the Sumida River, Asakusa, and more. Enjoy views of the Tokyo Metropolis from the water.

    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
    • Written communication possible through communication boards or paper
    • Explanations, etc.  available through tactile maps or in Braille
    • 車いす貸出なし

    The Himiko, Hotaluna, and Emeraldas water buses are barrier free and equipped with wheelchair-accessible restrooms (diaper changing tables available only on Hotaluna water buses).

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom at Hinode Pier Water Bus Station

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms available on the Himiko, Hotaluna, and Emeraldas water buses (Braille guidance at entrance; diaper-changing station only available on “Hotaluna” water buses). Note that regular water buses DO NOT contain wheelchair-accessible restrooms. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms (with diaper-changing station) also available inside building at Hinode Pier Water Bus Station.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    0120-977-311
    Address
    2-7-104 Kaigan, Minato-ku (Hinode Pier)
    Fee
    ¥780 between Hinode Pier and Asakusa (discounts may be available for customers with impairments; inquire for details.)
    Hours
    Departs from Hinode Pier 9:55 - 17:15 for Asakusa
    Closed days
    May not operate in bad weather, etc.
    Official Website
    http://www.suijobus.co.jp/en/

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

  8. Asakusa Water Bus Station

    About 3 minutes on foot foot About 150 meters Travel Tips On the way from Asakusa Water Bus Station to Kaminarimon Gate, be careful when you cross the "Azumabashi" intersection as the intersection is wide.

  9. Spot4 Kaminarimon Gate About 10 minutes

    Kaminarimon Gate

    Measuring 11.7 meters tall and 11.4 meters across, this gate that has become a symbol of Asakusa is famous for the giant paper lantern that hangs from it. Its name means “Thunder Gate.” It burned down during the Edo period but was reconstructed in 1960.

    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

    Although the area in front of the gate may be heavily crowded with people taking pictures, etc., wheelchair users can pass through the gate. A wheelchair-accessible restroom is available across the street at the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center.

    Restroom Information

    Restrooms (with wheelchair-accessible restrooms) available at Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center. Stand with your back to Kaminarimon Gate and cross at the traffic light.
    *See description of Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center for facility details.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3842-0181 (Sensoji Temple)
    Address
    2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku (Sensoji Temple)
    Fee
    Free
    Hours
    Unrestricted
    Closed days
    None
    Official Website
    http://www.senso-ji.jp/about/index_e.html

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

  10. On foot foot

  11. Spot5 Nakamise Street About 10 minutes

    Nakamise Street

    Stretching about 250 meters between the Kaminarimon and Hozomon gates, this street is the main approach to the temple and contains about 90 shops.Traditional Japanese street food like ningyo-yaki (sponge cake filled with red bean paste) and colorful Asakusa souvenirs are sold.

    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

    Move with caution as the street may be packed with people. The paths behind the shops on either side of the street are less crowded, making it easier for wheelchair users to pass. Communication via writing differs according to some shops.

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms (with ostomate facilities and diaper-changing station) available on 3rd floor of Taito City Kaminarimon Community Center located nearby. *Ask reception staff before using.

    Facility Information

    Address
    1-36-3 Asakusa, Taito-ku (Nakamise Hall)
    Hours
    Varies by shop
    Closed days
    Varies by shop
    Official Website
    http://asakusa-nakamise.jp/e-index.html

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

  12. On foot foot

  13. Spot6 Sensoji Temple About 15 minutes

    Sensoji Temple

    Said to have been founded during the reign of Empress Suiko (628), Tokyo’s oldest temple is also one of Japan’s top sightseeing spots, visited by tourists from around the world.The Hozomon Gate, from which a massive 400kg paper lantern hangs, has a formidable presence, while the five-storied pagoda houses a relic of Buddha on its uppermost level. The grounds are illuminated from sundown to around 11 p.m., creating an enchanting atmosphere. All the structures that make up this splendid temple complex are vermilion-lacquered and majestic, including the Main Hall, which has a dramatically sloped roof covered with 89,000 titanium tiles.

    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

    Wheelchair users can take the elevator to the left of the Main Hall.The pathways on the grounds are very wide and wheelchair users can get around easily.

    Restroom
    Public restroom in front of Mokubakan Theater along Okuyama Omairimachi Shopping Street

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms (with diaper-changing station) located near Bentenyama and Sensoji Hospital. For wheelchair-accessible restrooms (with ostomate facilities and diaper-changing station), enter Okuyama Omairimachi Shopping Street. Facilities are located in public restroom to left, in front of Mokubakan Theater.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3842-0181
    Address
    2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku
    Fee
    Free entry to grounds
    Hours
    Unrestricted
    Closed days
    None

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

  14. About 3 minutes on foot foot About 180 meters Travel Tips Return to Nakamise Street and turn left onto Denboin-dori Street. Be careful not to go too far. There is a Japanese sign above Denboin-dori Street.

  15. Spot7 Denboin-dori Street About 15 minutes

    Denboin-dori Street

    This thoroughfare intersects with Nakamise Street and measures about 200 meters from beginning to end. The street is named for Denboin Temple, which serves as the monks’ quarters for Sensoji Temple. It is packed with shops that exude the atmosphere of old Tokyo, selling traditional items like kimono fabrics, Edo Kiriko cut glassware, and dango (Japanese sweet dumplings).

    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

    The street is wide and offers easy access to wheelchair users. Along the street, a wheelchair-accessible restroom is available at Asakusa Public Hall across from Denboin Temple.

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms (with diaper-changing station) located inside Asakusa Public Hall.

    Facility Information

    Address
    Asakusa, Taito-ku
    Hours
    Unrestricted
    Closed days
    None
    Official Website
    http://denbouin-dori.com/

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

  16. About 4 minutes on foot foot About 240 meters Travel Tips To get to Metro Street, turn right at the first corner on Denboin-dori Street (from the direction of Nakamise Street). Keep going straight to find the elevator down to Exit 1 of Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station.

  17. Goal Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station[Exit 1]

    The course finishes at Exit 1 of Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station.

    For station details, refer to the Tokyo Metro website.

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Sightseeing spots around the area between
Hamamatsucho and Asakusa

  1. Spot8 Shiba Park

    Shiba Park

    This lush metropolitan park built around Zojoji Temple opened in 1873.

    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
    • Explanations, etc.  available through tactile maps or in Braille
    • 車いす貸出あり

    A wheelchair-accessible restroom with audio assistance and tactile map can be found near the A3 exit of Shibakoen Station. A restroom with ostomate facilities is located at 19 Gochi.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom near A3 exit of Toei Shibakoen Station.

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restroom locations (with diaper-changing stations) include Shibakoen Jugogochi metropolitan public restroom, etc. (near A3 exit of Toei Shibakoen Station).

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3431-4359(Service Center)
    Address
    1 through 4 Shibakoen, Minato-ku
    Fee
    Free
    Hours
    Unrestricted
    Closed days
    None
    Official Website
    https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index001.html

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

  2. Spot9 World Trade Center Bldg. SEASIDE TOP Observatory

    World Trade Center Bldg. SEASIDE TOP Observatory

    At 152 meters above ground, the observatory offers a bird’s-eye view not just of Tokyo Tower, but also of Tokyo SKYTREE® and the waterfront area, including Tokyo Bay Odaiba.

    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
    • 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

    The observatory offers plenty of seating for visitors to relax. The windows are large enough that wheelchair users can enjoy a view far into the distance.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom near 40th-floor observatory elevators

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms (with diaper-changing station) located near elevators.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3435-6026
    Address
    2-4-1 Hamamatsucho, Minato-ku
    Fee
    ¥620 (may be discounted for visitors with impairments; inquire for details)
    Hours
    10:00 - 20:30 (admission until 20:00)
    Closed days
    Days the entire building is closed
    Official Website
    https://www.wtcbldg.co.jp/wtcb/facility/seaside/index.html

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

  3. Spot10 Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens

    Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens

    This daimyo garden was built in the early Edo period. The arrangement of land and beautiful placement of rocks in the garden, centered on a pond, are breathtaking.

    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

    Maps showing a wheelchair-accessible route through the gardens that avoids steps and gravel are distributed at the reception counter.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom near Service Center (with audio guidance)

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restroom (with diaper-changing station) located near Garden Office.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3434-4029(Service Center)
    Address
    1-4-1 Kaigan, Minato-ku
    Fee
    ¥150 (free for visitors with impairments; inquire for details)
    Hours
    9:00 - 17:00 (admission until 16:30)
    Closed days
    None
    Official Website
    http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english/park/detail_06.html#kyushibarikyu

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

  4. Spot11 Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center

    Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center

    A tourist information center located in front of Kaminarimon Gate. The view from the observation deck on the 8th floor is spectacular.

    Accessibility Information

    • There are restrooms that can be accessed with wheelchairs
    • Osotomate-friendly facility
    • There are nursing areas
    • 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

    Assistance in foreign languages is available. Wheelchairs can be rented at the information counter.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom next to 1st-floor reception

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms located next to 1st floor reception and on 4th/7th floors (4th floor restroom only open during meetings). Facilities for ostomy pouch users and diaper-changing station (multipurpose bench) available in wheelchair-accessible restroom next to 1st-floor reception.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3842-5566
    Address
    2-18-9 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku
    Hours
    9:00-20:00 (observation deck/conference room close at 22:00; tea room opens at 10:00)
    Closed days
    None
    Official Website
    http://www.city.taito.lg.jp/index/bunka_kanko/oyakudachi/kankocenter/

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

  5. Spot12 Shin-Nakamise Street

    Shin-Nakamise Street

    121 shops line this street, which traverses Asakusa east to west. The covered arcade keeps shoppers dry on rainy days.

    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
    • 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

    Tactile paving is installed near where the shopping street intersects with the road.Watch out for large crowds at the intersection with Nakamise Street in particular.

    Restroom Information

    No public restrooms available.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    Varies by shop
    Address
    1 Asakusa, Taito-ku
    Hours
    Varies by shop
    Closed days
    Varies by shop
    Official Website
    http://www.asakusa-shinnaka.com

    *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.