The eastern part of Tokyo is home to some of the city’s most popular areas. They are in the old part of the city near Tokyo Bay where craftsmen, merchants, and artisans lived. This is the area that is also called Shitamachi. Here you can find some of the old that has survived in Japan’s modern capital.
Detailed local area maps for Ueno, Yanaka, Asakusa, and Asakusabashi are available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Malay, and Indonesian at https://t-navi.city.taito.lg.jp/pamphlet/
Each area is small enough to be explored on foot.
Ueno is a travel hub for Tokyo. Next to Ueno Park you can learn about what life was in Tokyo before at the Shitamachi Museum and shop for Japanese snacks and food at Ameyoko Market. Ueno Park also has some of the best museums in Tokyo, including the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Nature and Science, and the National Museum of Western Art.
Yanaka is an old neighborhood next to Ueno. Japanese visitors come here for a taste of an older Tokyo without skyscrapers and futuristic development. Instead you can find local stores, the traditional shopping street Yanaka Ginza, and a great number of temples and shrines. Visit the Asakura Museum of Sculpture, the Former Yoshidaya Liquor Shop, or try some of the local cafes.
Yanaka map (English): https://t-navi.city.taito.lg.jp/Portals/0/images/pamphlet/yanaka/tourist-map_en.pdf
Asakusa is home to Sensoji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo, where you can find the iconic Kaminarimon Gate with its huge red lantern. The Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center can help you find local information and also has a great view from its roof terrace. Asakusa is great for souvenir shopping and eating. And if you are interested in Japanese knives or tableware, Kappabashi Kitchenware Town is only a 10-minute walk away from the temple.
Asakusa map (English): https://t-navi.city.taito.lg.jp/Portals/0/images/pamphlet/asakusa/tourist-map_en.pdf
Asakusabashi is located downstream from Asakusa along the Sumida River. Between Kuramae and Asakusabashi Station you can find many charming small boutiques, artisan workshops, and local eateries and cafes. It is worth taking a walk and exploring local shops. And just across the bridge is Ryogoku, the home of sumo in Tokyo. Asakusabashi also has great access to the airports and Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea.
Asakusabashi map (English): https://t-navi.city.taito.lg.jp/Portals/0/images/pamphlet/asakusabashi/tourist-map_en.pdf
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