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Asakusa, a hot tourist destination with a well-developed transportation network



2022.04.21 (Thu)

By Charlotte, long-term Tokyo resident & history-loving traveler

Asakusa, Taito City, is a well-known and popular tourist destination even for those outside Japan. However, the many train lines leading to Asakusa Station may confuse some people. This article will guide you through the routes leading to Asakusa.

First, Asakusa Station is served by four trains. The Tobu Railway starts at Asakusa and goes to Gunma Prefecture. It also goes to Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture, where the World Heritage Site Nikko Toshogu Shrine is. Take advantage of this to enjoy a combination of Asakusa and the nearby Tokyo prefectures. The Tokyo Metro Ginza Line connects Asakusa and Shibuya, and the Toei Subway Asakusa Line goes to Oshiage near TOKYO SKYTREE and major shopping areas in Tokyo, such as Ginza and Nihombashi near Tokyo Station. Both pass through major Tokyo spots. You can also reach Shinjuku, Tokyo's transportation hub, with only one train change, making it ideal for those looking to explore Tokyo. The three lines we introduced so far can be used from the immediate vicinity of Kaminarimon Gate. The Tsukuba Express is 10 minutes away on foot from there and extends from Akihabara, a spot known to anime and manga fans, through Asakusa to Saitama Prefecture and Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, providing easy access to Asakusa from outside Tokyo.

From Haneda Airport, take the Keikyu Airport Express and from Narita Airport, take the Narita Sky Access line to Asakusa Station without changing trains. As you may have already noticed, Asakusa is a tourist destination with convenient access to major cities in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures. Try planning an itinerary centered around Asakusa to explore Tokyo and the surrounding area.

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