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Last updated March 22, 2019

17. Asakusa

Exploring Tokyo’s old Shitamachi district

17. Asakusa

This neighborhood surrounding Sensoji Temple was the city’s most bustling district during the Edo period. From the Meiji era onward, it became Japan’s entertainment center with rows of theaters and cinemas. The atmosphere of old Tokyo remains strong here to this day.

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  • Culture/history
  • Downtown

Route

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

  1. Start Tokyo MetroAsakusa Station[Exit 1]

    About 2 minutes on foot foot About 100 meters

  2. Spot1 Rickshaws

    Rickshaws

  3. Spot2 Denboin-dori Street

    About 4 minutes on foot foot About 200 meters

  4. Spot3 Asakusa-jinja Shrine

    On foot

  5. Spot4 Sensoji Temple

    About 6 minutes on foot foot About 330 meters

  6. Spot5 Asakusa Engei Hall

    About 7 minutes on foot foot About 400 meters

  7. Spot6 Kappabashi Kitchenware Street

    About 6 minutes on foot foot About 330 meters

  8. Bus Stop Tozai Megurin Taito Loop BusMatsugaya Bus Stop

    About 15 minutes by bus bus 5th stop

  9. Bus Stop Tozai Megurin Taito Loop BusKaminarimonmae Bus Stop

    About 3 minutes on foot foot About 130 meters

  10. 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 Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station[Exit 1]

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

    For station details, refer to the Tokyo Metro website.

    Tokyo Metro website

  2. About 2 minutes on foot foot About 100 meters Travel Tips There are no restrooms at the rickshaw pickup station, so visitors are advised to use the ones at the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center.

  3. Spot1 Rickshaws Starting at about 10 minutes

    Rickshaws

    Explore Asakusa as the driver introduces the area. The height of the rickshaw lets you see the scenery from a fresh perspective.

    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

    A special ramp (Rickshaw Carry Station), which assists wheelchair users in boarding the rickshaw, is available with a prior reservation. (Separate fee required.)Courtesy of Jidaiya

    Restroom Information

    No restrooms available at rickshaw pickup station.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3843-0890 (Asakusa Jidaiya)
    Address
    2-3-5 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku (Jidaiya)
    Fee
    Starting at ¥3,000/10 min.per person
    Hours
    10:45-16:30
    Closed days
    None
    Official Website
    http://www.jidaiya.biz/index-e.html

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

  4. Rickshaws

  5. Spot2 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.

  6. About 4 minutes on foot foot About 200 meters Travel Tips The area around Denboin-dori Street is a photography spot on rickshaw rides, so watch out for frequent rickshaw traffic.

  7. Spot3 Asakusa-jinja Shrine About 30 minutes

    Asakusa-jinja Shrine

    Famous for its annual Sanja Matsuri festival, this historic shrine was established around 700 years ago. The current shrine building was reconstructed and donated by the shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu. It is built in the gongen-zukuri architectural style typical of the Edo period and has been designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government.

    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

    There is an approximately 10cm storm drain near the entrance on the torii gate side, but wheelchair users proceeding carefully should have no issues. The shrine grounds are paved and easy to navigate.

    Restroom Information

    No restrooms on premises.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3844-1575
    Address
    2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku
    Fee
    Free entry to grounds
    Hours
    9:00 - 16:30
    Closed days
    None
    Official Website
    http://www.asakusajinja.jp/english/

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

  8. On foot  Travel Tips An elevator up to Sensoji Temple's Main Hall is located on the hall's west side.

  9. Spot4 Sensoji Temple About 15 minutes

    Sensoji Temple

    Said to have been founded during the reign of the 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 relics of the Buddha in 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 made from 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 up to the Main Hall. The pathways inside the temple grounds are very wide and easy to navigate.

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

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms (with ostomate facilities) located near Bentenmon Gate 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.

  10. About 6 minutes on foot foot About 330 meters Travel Tips Go along Okuyama Omairimachi Shopping Street for the shortest route to Asakusa Engei Hall.

  11. Spot5 Asakusa Engei Hall About 1 hour 30 minutes

    Asakusa Engei Hall

    At this theater, visitors can enjoy a variety of performances that rotate every 10 days, including traditional Japanese comedic arts like rakugo and manzai (two-person stand-up), comic storytelling, sketch comedy, magic, impersonations, and more.

    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
    • 車いす貸出なし

    Theater staff are available to assist with personal accommodations. Space for wheelchairs is located on the 1st floor, which has a theater-style layout and a slight incline.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom on 1st floor near staircase

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restroom located on 1st floor near staircase. Not enough space for wheelchairs to turn around.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3841-6545
    Address
    1-43-12 Asakusa, Taito-ku (center of Rokku Broadway Shopping Street)
    Fee
    Starting at ¥2,800 (discounts may be available for customers with impairments; inquire for details.)
    Hours
    Matinee 11:40-16:30; evening performance 16:40-21:00
    Closed days
    None
    Official Website
    http://www.asakusaengei.com/

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

  12. About 7 minutes on foot foot About 400 meters Travel Tips The sidewalk along Kappabashi Hon-dori Street is flat, but watch out for bicycle traffic.

  13. Spot6 Kappabashi Kitchenware Street About 30 minutes

    Kappabashi Kitchenware Street

    Over 170 shops line this approximately 800-meter street, selling everything from professional-grade cooking utensils to handy kitchenware for household use. Even just window-shopping is fun.

    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

    Tokyo Metro Tawaramachi Station is within walking distance. A bus stop is also located nearby for easy access to Ueno and Asakusa stations. The street is a covered arcade and is relatively flat.

    Restroom
    A municipal public restroom inside Kinryu Park

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restroom (with ostomate facilities and diaper-changing station) located at municipal public restroom inside Kinryu Park.

    Facility Information

    Address
    3-18-2 Matsugaya, Taito-ku (Tokyo Kappabashi Dougu Street Promotion Union)
    Hours
    Unrestricted
    Closed days
    None
    Official Website
    http://www.kappabashi.or.jp/en/index.html

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

  14. About 6 minutes on foot foot About 330 meters Travel Tips To return to Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station, take the "Tozai Megurin" Taito Loop Bus. There is room for one wheelchair on the bus.

    Tozai Megurin Taito Loop Bus Matsugaya Bus Stop

    About 15 minutes by bus bus 5th stop

    Tozai Megurin Taito Loop Bus Kaminarimonmae Bus Stop

    About 3 minutes on foot foot About 130 meters

  15. 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.

    Tokyo Metro website

Sightseeing spots around Asakusa

  1. Spot7 Asakusa Hanayashiki Amusement Park

    Asakusa Hanayashiki Amusement Park

    Opened in 1853, Japan’s oldest amusement park features a variety of rides.

    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
    • 車いす貸出なし

    Wheelchair users who are able to transfer from their wheelchairs can enjoy some of the rides. A diaper-changing station is available outside the nursing room.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restroom near food court

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms (with ostomate facilities) located near food court.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3842-8780
    Address
    2-28-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku
    Fee
    ¥1,000 (discounts may be available for customers with impairments; inquire for details.)
    *Separate fees required for park rides.
    Hours
    10:00-18:00 (may vary depending on season/weather)
    Closed days
    Closed on maintenance days, etc. (inquire before visiting)
    Official Website
    https://www.hanayashiki.net/en

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

  2. Spot8 Asakusa Rokku Area

    Asakusa Rokku Area

    Since the Meiji era, cinemas and theaters have concentrated in this district where revitalization planning is currently underway.

    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

    There are no guardrails, but the street is wide and flat and normally does not have much vehicle traffic. A wheelchair-accessible restroom is available at Asakusa ROX.

    Restroom Information

    No public restrooms in vicinity.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    Varies by shop
    Address
    1 and 2 Asakusa, Taito-ku
    Hours
    Varies by shop
    Closed days
    Varies by shop

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

  3. Spot9 Asakusa ROX

    Asakusa ROX

    This four-building commercial complex contains shops, restaurants, athletic facilities, and more.

    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
    • 車いす貸出なし

    Asakusa ROX is barrier free and offers a nursing area and wheelchair-accessible restroom. A tactile map can be found at the entrance.

    Restroom
    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms on 3rd floor of ROX 3G

    Restroom Information

    Wheelchair-accessible restrooms (with ostomate facilities and diaper-changing station) located on 5th floor of ROX main building and 3rd floor of ROX 3G.

    Facility Information

    Telephone number
    03-3836-7700
    Address
    1-25-15 Asakusa, Taito-ku
    Hours
    10:30-21:00 (hours vary by shop)
    Closed days
    None (excluding four annual facility closing days; some shops may have irregular holidays)
    Official Website
    http://www.rox.co.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.