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The Ueno And Asakusa Date Plan For Couples Visiting Japan
Written by Koshizuka Misato
We created a plan for the perfect one day date in the Ueno and Asakusa areas of Tokyo. Enjoy the sightseeing places, the restaurants serving delicious dishes and the other attractions in this famous area of Tokyo together with your loved one!
Many couples each year come to Japan for a romantic sightseeing break together. But even if you want to enjoy your travels with someone special, plotting out the perfect date course in an unknown country where you might not speak the language can be difficult. That's why we've put together this date plan!
We thought of a date plan for the Ueno and Asakusa area, which are two of the most densely packed sightseeing spots in Tokyo. If you're looking for a fun date out and about, then this is a good route to follow! However, since you’ll be visiting various places, you should make sure to wear comfortable footwear and clothing.
From 10:00 to 14:00 - Ueno Zoo
Since you’ve come to Ueno, you have to check out the Ueno Zoo. This zoo, boasting the most visitors in Japan, has around 500 kinds of animals from around the world in it. It is the perfect destination for dates as you won’t be bored no matter how many hours you stay. Not only are there popular animals such as pandas and elephants, but there are also African animals, areas where you can see animals that live in cold habitats such as polar bears and seals, as well as an area where you can see various kinds of bears from all around the world.
Have lunch at the rest areas on the east and west side of the zoo where you can enjoy a light meal. You can also take a break if you get tired as there are vendors selling ice cream and cake throughout the zoo as well.
From 14:00 to 15:30 - Take a Stroll In Ame-yoko
Ameya Yokocho, or “Ame-yoko” as it is commonly called, is Ueno’s best shopping spot. This bustling shopping street is especially attractive due to its wide variety of products and cheap prices. Various products from perishable foods such as vegetables and fish, sweets, clothing, bags, sports goods, and jewelry are sold at cheap prices. In some of the stores, you’ll be able to enjoy buying perishable foods and snacks in a game-like way, as you can negotiate the with the store staff.
There are also stores selling light snacks such as shish kebab and ice cream, making it an attractive place to snack and walk when you get a little bit hungry.
From 15:30 to 16:00 - On the Move!
After you’ve finished shopping, head from Ueno to Asakusa. Although Ueno and Asakusa may seem like different towns they are actually in the same area, just five minutes apart by train.
Use the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line to get to Asakusa by train. The entrance to the Tokyo Metro station is convenient as it is in the center of the town. If you can’t find it, you can get there without getting lost by heading to JR Ueno Station and following the signs in the station. Please read the related article below as it describes how to get from JR Ueno Station to Tokyo Metro Ginza Line in detail.
Going From Ueno to Asakusa By Train
From 16:00 to 17:30 - Nakamise Street and Sensoji Temple Walk
Once you reach Asakusa head to Nakamise Street. Nakamise Street, which is Sensoji Temple’s sando (road which leads to shrines and temples), is about 250 m long and has 89 stores along it. There are various stores selling Japanese confectionery or small things such as phone straps which are perfect as souvenirs, as well as stores selling sweets which you can eat on the spot.
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Once you get through Nakamise Street, you will see Sensoji Temple, the most famous temple in Asakusa. At this temple you can pray for eternal friendship and choose a written oracle to tell your fortune.
If you’ve already visited Sensōji Temple once, you should visit the five-storied pagoda beyond the main shrine, as well as the cypress statue of Kongo-Rikishi (a deity guarding the teachings of Buddhism) at the Nio Gate.
From 18:00 to 19:30 - Enjoy Sushi
Enjoy some sushi after visiting Sensōji Temple! Asakusa has many sushi restaurants with prices varying from 1000 yen to about 7000 yen.
Especially great for dates is the restaurant called Magurobito. Although it is a conveyor belt sushi restaurant it is not a chain, but is privately run, with attention to every detail. You can enjoy here fresh sushi at rather affordable prices. Depending on the day they might have a show of filleting the tuna.
There are also other sushi restaurants in Asakusa. There is an article below discussing the sushi restaurants in Asakusa based on price and category, so please check it out.
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From 19:30 to 20:00 - Take a Walk
After eating until you are full, how about heading towards Skytree, which is adorned with beautiful lights during the night. You can reach Skytree in about 30 minutes on foot.
From 20:00 to 21:00 - Skytree Observatory
There are observatories at 350 m and 450 m high on the 634 m tall Skytree, allowing for a perfect night view of Tokyo. This is the only place where you can get a complete view over the Tokyo Tower, the skyscrapers of Shinjuku and Tokyo Gate Bridge.
Visitors to Japan can purchase tickets at the “Skytree Fast Ticket Counter”. Ordering tickets in advance requires a credit card issued in Japan. On days when it may be crowded such as the weekends or on consecutive holidays, go to Oshiage from Asakusa on the Toei-Asakusa Line to get tickets early.
In addition, don’t forget to bring your passport to certify you have foreign nationality or your ID card as you will need them at the Skytree Fast Ticket Counter.