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Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center: Everything You Need to Know



2022.08.25 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

Looking for useful information to help you explore Taito City, Tokyo? Look no further than the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center! Based on the concept of "find, show, and support,” this hub provides sightseeing information in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. And located just in front of Asakusa’s Kaminari-mon Gate and only one minute from Asakusa Station, the center is as convenient as it is helpful!

Decorated with natural timbers outside and inside, the center itself resembles a giant stack of books, which is fitting as it is an excellent place to obtain and absorb travel information.

In addition to the information lobby, visitors will enjoy the convenience of a foreign exchange counter on the first floor. Information is provided using tablets and communication boards, making it easy for anyone to get all the information needed for a fulfilling tour in Asakusa! There is also a diorama of the area, providing a birds eye view to the whole of Asakusa.

On the second floor, visitors can charge their devices and use the Wi-Fi for free while taking advantage of various information services at the Tourist Information Corner. On the same floor, nursing mothers will find two nursing booths, a diaper changing bed and a heater for milk formula.

At the Tourism Volunteer Office on the 4th floor, visitors can sign up to participate in one of three free tours in the Asakusa, Ueno and Yanaka areas, each about 90 minutes long.

There is also an exhibition space on the 7th floor showcasing highlights, events, history, and the culture of Taito City. Be sure to check it out for timely information. Currently, there is a "Shoe Library" exhibition which includes more than 1000 books related to shoes and leather goods, as well as "talking event" presentations about shoes. So put yourself in someone else's shoes as it were and learn all about shoes as you check out this and other seasonal events!

On the 8th floor, visitors will enjoy a rest area and observation terrace. With sweeping views of Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree, the center itself can be a relaxing part of your sightseeing itinerary.

Restrooms, including wheelchair-accessible / barrier-free restrooms, are located on the 1st basement floor. The center is open year-round so visitors can rest assured that it will always be available to them as a great springboard for their visit to Taito City and the Asakusa area.

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