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Updated: October 11, 2019

A traditional town looking up to the future

Just over the river from Asakusa, this once sleepy downtown neighborhood experienced a sudden revival when Tokyo Skytree was completed in 2011. In the backstreets, you’ll find traditional restaurants, small houses and even geisha teahouses, but the popularity of Tokyo Skytree has brought trendy cafes and boutiques as well.

General Tips

  • Tokyo Skytree is an easy walk from Asakusa; it takes around 15 minutes
  • International visitors can skip the lines and head to the Fast Skytree Ticket desk for tickets to the main observation deck
  • The area around Tokyo Skytree is flat and ideal for cycling, and you can rent a bike in Asakusa; the nearest rental station is at Azuma-bashi Bridge

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  • Walking
  • Taxi
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Water Bus


Direct access to the stars

Tokyo Skytree Station

Depending on where you come from, you can access Tokyo Skytree either through the dedicated Tokyo Skytree Station on the Tobu Skytree Line from Asakusa, or Oshiage Station on the Hanzomon and Toei Asakusa lines. Tokyo Skytree Station has direct access to Tokyo Skytree by a dramatically long escalator.

Walking4 mins


Touch the clouds

Tokyo Skytree

At 634 meters tall, Tokyo Skytree does indeed tower above Tokyo. The view is spectacular, especially at sunset and in winter, when the sky is clear. Elegant elevators with traditional motifs speed you to the top, where touch screens enhance your viewing experience.

Walking5 mins


A paradise for penguins

Sumida Aquarium

Although quite compact, the aquarium is well-designed, with a variety of environments. The Magellanic penguins are the main draw, with a spectacular, rocky tank in the middle of the aquarium. While much is aimed at kids, the Penguin Café offers marine-themed cocktails for adults.

Walking4 mins


All of Japan’s specialties in one place

Tokyo Solamachi

At the base of Tokyo Skytree, the Solamachi shopping mall offers all the souvenirs and stylish fashion you could want, in one convenient place. Head up to the 4th floor for local souvenirs, from delicate crafts to plastic food samples.

Walking7 mins


True downtown hospitality

Oshinari Shotengai

The area around Tokyo Skytree is a traditional neighborhood—a mix of craft workshops, small sweet shops, sushi restaurants and cafés serving hearty fare to workers. The local shopkeepers are very friendly and a smile will get you a long way.

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