Asakusa + Kappabashi + Skytree: 1 day in Tokyo!

Spend a great day in Tokyo enjoying the Japanese culture, architecture and shopping without tour guide by walking from Kappabashi “Kitchen town” to Asakusa district then to the Tokyo Skytree!

  1. Ride a subway to Tawaramachi station.
  2. Walk to the south entrance of Kappabashi street; a giant “chef” head with the name Niimi is on a roof on its left and a small police station is on its right.
  3. Explore the shops of the “kitchen town” on both sides of Kappabashi street; they sell high-quality cooking knives, tableware, fake food, uniforms, lanterns… mostly from 09:00 to 17:00. Will you notice the golden statue of a mythical kappa on your way?
  4. Walk to the ancient Thunder Gate, which features a giant red lantern as well as a statue of the God of Thunder “Raijin” (left side) and a statue of the God of the Wind “Fujin” (right side).
  5. Enjoy the ambiance of the Nakamise shopping street from the Thunder Gate to Senso-ji Buddhist temple. You cannot miss the beautiful pagoda but… what about Buddha’s giant straw sandals?
  6. Visit Asakusa Shinto shrine on the right of Senso-ji’s main hall.
  7. Pay a small fee to get a “go-shuin” (sheet of paper with holy seal and calligraphy) at a small building on the left of Senso-ji’s main hall. Did you see the Japanese carps on your way?
  8. Explore the diverse small shops from the north-west to the south-west of Senso-ji and lunch at an attractive restaurant when you feel hungry. Japanese travel agencies usually recommend restaurants serving tempura fried seafood & vegetables near Asakusa station but you can also find sushi raw fish, ramen noodles, Indian food… Rokku entertainment district even features restaurants with musical shows!
  9. Walk to Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Centre and enjoy a great view from its 8th floor! This is an excellent photo/video spot for Senso-ji and its surroundings, the modern Asahi Beer headquarters, and the new Tokyo Skytree 🙂
  10. Cross the bridge over the Sumida river and follow the main street to reach Tokyo Skytree.
  11. Observe Tokyo city during the afternoon or evening from the observation decks of the sky tree (open until 22:00). Beware, night falls early in Japan!
  12. Relax at a coffee shop or dine in a restaurant of Solamachi shopping mall at the bottom of Tokyo Skytree.
  13. Go outside to photograph the sky tree colourfully illuminated at night before entering the nearby Tokyo Sky tree station or Oshiage station to return to your ryokan traditional inn, hotel, guest house, or apartment 🙂

Use a local map of Sumida and Taito wards to find your way and/or customize this plan… Any comment or suggestion? E-mail the Yes in Japan team or add your message on social networks 🙂