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Discovering the Best Spots in Northern Part of Tokyo

by Eva 1645

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Today I would like to introduce you three famous areas
in northern part of Tokyo which you should definitely visit.
You can find here not only the tallest structure in Japan and
the second tallest structure in the world The Sky Tree but also
the oldest temple in Tokyo Sensoji and famous sumo wrestler`s
training stables.

Recommended Route by Train:

Ryogoku Station→Asakusa StationOshiage Station

Ryogoku station is approximately 13 minutes by

JR Yamamote line from Tokyo station or Sobu line, changing

in Akihabara station. In case you would like to take Oedo line,

for example from Shinjuku Nishiguchi it is approximately

around 22 minutes.

From Ryogoku station to Asakusa station, take Oedo line in

direction to Shinjuku and change in Kuramae station to

Asakusa line in direction to Oshiage station. Get off at Asakusa

station which is just one stop away. If you decide to walk

it will take you approximately half an hour. Please check

the map below.

From Asakusa station to Oshiage station, take Asakusa line

in the direction to Oshiage station, it is second stop. If you

decide to walk it will take approximately 25 minutes. Please

check the map bellow.

Price of Tickets:

Ryogoku Station→Asakusa Station  240 Yen
Asakusa StationOshiage Station   360 Yen

1. Watching Sumo Training in Ryogoku Area

Ryogoku area is located between historic Asakusa and symbol

ot future Tokyo, the Sky Tree. In Ryogoku area you can still feel

the Edo atmosphere and old town mood still prevails.

Ryogoku area is famous mainly for sumo wrestlers (rikishi). Sumo

has been practised in Japan since ancient times. There are

around 45 sumo stables (sumo heya), chunko (food for wrestlers)

restaurants and some other sumo related attractions. It is quite

common to meet sumo in the streets and if you would like to watch

their training early in the morning (asa keiko), some sumo stables

allow you to do that. In that case you will need to make a reservation.

It is a fascinating experience, therefore do not miss it.

When I first visited, I was surprised that sumo is not only

extraordinary strong but at the same time, they are very flexible

as well. At most places sumo training last for about two hours

usually between 7:30 to 10:00 A.M. When the training is over

they will have their first meal of the day. In case some guest is

present, sumo wrestlers will eat after them.

2. Sensoji Temple (浅草寺 -せんそうじ) in Asakusa Area

It is said that Sensoji temple was founded in 7th century which

makes it the oldest temple in Tokyo. It is a buddhist temple

dedicated to bodhisattva Kannon. Most famous feature

of this temple is Kaminarimon Gate (which means Thunder Gate)

and Pagoda were renovated earlier this year.

In Asakusa area you will find also famous Nakamise

shopping street which is more than 200 meters long and

its history reaches to several centuries back. There are

lots of traditional Japanese souvenirs including folding fans,

yukata and various traditional local snacks from

the Asakusa area.

Opening Hours:  6:00 17:00

                        (from 6:30 from October to March)

Opening Days:   No holidays

Admission Fee:  Free of Charge

3. The Highest Structure in Japan, The Sky Tree

The Sky Tree was opened in May 2012 and soon it became

the major symbol of Tokyo. With 634 meters high

the Sky Tree is the tallest structure in Japan and

the second tallest structure in the world. It has two

observation decks.The first one is located at the height of

350 meters and the second at the height of 450 meters

which makes it the highest observation deck in Japan.

Opening Hours:  8:00~22:00 (entry 21:00)

Opening Days:   No Holidays

Entrance Fee to First Observatory:     Adults 2060 Yen

Entrance Fee to Second Observatory: Additional 1030 Yen

For Foreigners there is available Fast Sky Tree Combo Ticket:

(First and second observatories):       4 000 Yen