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
Recommended Route by Train:
Ryogoku Station→Asakusa Station→Oshiage 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 Station→Oshiage 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