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Asakusa Guide - Local Attractions of SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

There are so much to see, eat, drink, experience in Asakusa, the heart of shitamachi (the historical part of Tokyo), and Sakura Hostel is conveniently located to explore all the spots on foot. Click the numbers or names on the map to see the details of each spot.

Asakusa Attraction Map Kaminari-mon nakamise dori dempoin Hozo-mon Pagoda Senso-ji Asakusa-jinja Hanayashiki Life SuperMarket Asakusa View Hotel Imahan"" Kappabashi-Dori Rox Building Kamiya Bar Sumida River Cruise Asahi Beer Tower Tsukuba Express Ginza Line Ginza Line Asakusa st. Asakusa Line Asakusa st. Tobu Line Asakusa St. Kaminari Mon Nakamise Dori Dempo-In Hozo-mon pagoda SenSou Ji Asakusa-Jinja Hana-yashiki Life Supermarket Asakusa ViewHotel Imahan Sukiyaki Restaurant Rox Building Kamiya Bar Asahi Tower KappabashiDori Kaminari-mon (Thunder gate) Kaminari-mon (Thunder gate)

The outer gate of Senso-ji temple. Originally built in 942, but have experienced burn downs and re-buildings. The latest version was donated by Konosuke Matsushita, the founder of Matsushita Electric (Panasonic) in 1960. It is a giant paper lantern that is hanging at the center.

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Nakamise-dori Nakamise-dori

The front approach to Senso-ji temple. Always busy with tourists and souvenir shops. Nakamise is a shopping lane that extends for about 250 meters from Kaminarimon Gate to Hozomon Gate, and is lined with brick and vermilion-lacquered buildings.

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Dempo-in temple Dempo-in temple

The accommodation for monks of Senso-ji temple. Unfortunately not open to the public anymore. Dempoin Temple is at the left side of the Sensoji Temple (from the Kaminari-mon Gate), just beside the approach to the Sensoji Temple. The temple is usually closed to the public, although there is a magnificent garden inside.

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Hozo-mon Hozo-mon

The second gate to Senso-ji. The upper part of the building also works as a treasure house.

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Pagoda Pagoda

Five storied pagoda, on top of which a bone of Buddha offered from the royal temple of Sri Lanka, is kept.

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Senso-ji temple Senso-ji

The main Buddhist temple of Asakusa, with the longest history among all the temples and shrines in Tokyo. Its origin dates back to 628, when a fisherman brothers found a figure of goddess at Sumida river, and a temple to store it was built.

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Asakusa-jinja shrine Asakusa-jinja

A Shinto shrine dedicated to three men who founded Senso-ji... the fisherman brothers and the headman of the village. Holds 'Sanja-matsuri' festival on the third weekend of May every year, which is one of three major festivals in Tokyo, and a must-see if you're in Tokyo.

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Hanayashiki Hanayashiki

A nostalgic amusement park popular among local kids. Sakura Hostel is located at its back.

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"Life" supermarket Life supermarket

The nearest supermarket from Sakura Hostel.

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Asakusa View Hotel Life supermarket

The tallest building in Asakusa, with 28 floors. Lunch buffet available for 2625 yen at the top.

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Imahan Imahan

Founded in 1895. If you are ready to spend more than 6000 yen, you can taste the best Sukiyaki in town.

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Kappabashi-dori Kappabashi-dori

A street full of kitchenware dealers. How about Japanese plates and dishes as souvenirs ?

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ROX building ROX building

A street full of kitchenware dealers. How about Japanese plates and dishes as souvenirs ?

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Kamiya Bar Kamiya Bar

The oldest western-styled bar in Japan. Try their special cocktail "DENKI-BRAN (electric brandy)"

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Sumida river cruise Sumida river cruise

Enjoy a 35 min. river cruise down to Hinode-sanbashi (close to JR Hamamatsu-cho stn.) for 760 yen.

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Asahi Beer Tower Asahi Beer Tower

A modern landmark, which is the headquarter of Asahi Breweries. The 22 storied golden building is designed in a shape of a mug of beer, and the hall next to it, has a giant 'golden flame' on top. The company runs its own bar 'Asahi Annex', where you can taste the original Asakusa beer.

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Train / subway stations

Tsukuba Express Asakusa station

The closest station from Sakura Hostel, convenient to access Akihabara (4 min., 200 yen) and Tokyo central station (transfer at Akihabara, 12 min. in total, 330 yen). Tsukuba Express is a new train line opened in 2005.

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Ginza line Asakusa station & Tawaramachi station

Subway Ginza line connects Asakusa and Shibuya in 32 minutes, via Ueno and Ginza. Most convenient line in Asakusa area, and you will probably be using these stations to explore Tokyo. Asakusa station is slightly closer from Sakura Hostel than Tawaramachi station, but sometimes you can save some fare by using the latter which is closer to central Tokyo.

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Asakusa line Asakusa station

The subway station you will arrive when you come from Narita International Airport. Connected to Ginza line Asakusa station underground.

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Tobu line Asakusa station

The station which you will be using to access Nikko city (106 min., 2620 yen). The station itself is located inside Tobu department store.

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