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Walking from Asakusa's Downtown Area to Ueno

Walking from Asakusa's Downtown Area to Ueno

Walking from Asakusa's Downtown Area to Ueno

Translated by Daniel Hanrahan

Written by Misaki Tachibana

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This article features the places that are worth visiting in Asakusa, as well as how to reach Ueno station by foot from Asakusa's downtoan area.

Translated by Daniel Hanrahan

Written by Misaki Tachibana

Asakusa - the More You Get Lost, the More Fun It Is

Walking from Asakusa's Downtown Area to Ueno

Once you come across the fun-loving young men pulling rickshaws amongst the cars and motorbikes you'll know you've entered into the Asakusa area. If you go anywhere around the Asakusa train station you'll definitely be able to catch a ride on them.

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It goes without saying that this red lantern of Sensōji's Kaminarimon Gate is the symbol of Asakusa. This area is always crowded with people coming to shop or visit the temple.

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Nakamise-Dōri (Nakamise Street) in Asakusa is full of shops carrying various Japanese goods and accessories, and full of the smells of downtown's gourmet cooking. One of the recent features of Nakamise-Dōri is the many languages you can hear as you walk around.

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Sensōji Temple's main hall closes at 5 pm, and because of this many of the businesses on Nakamise-Dōri that were bustling during the day, start to close their doors at 6 pm, so be aware of that in advance.

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This is 'Kannon-Dōri', a shopping mall arcade. A different atmosphere to that of Nakamise-Dōri, it has many retail chain stores where you can get a feel for the lifestyle of the local people.

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Of course, it isn't all modern retail stores. There are many shops which have been operating for a long time. This mixture of the modern with the traditional may be one of the main features of Asakusa.

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One street down from Kannon-Dōri, there is a street that stretches from the area near the entrance to Sensōji and Nakamise-Dori. This is 'Denbouin-Dori'. There are many small shops lined up together here, and this is probably a good place to get provisions to eat while you're walking.

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Running perpendicularly to Nakamise-Dōri is 'ShinNakamise-Dōri'. There are less people here, the stores are older, and you won't hear the voices of sales people calling out. If you want to see a less sophisticated, traditional old-style Asakusa, you may want to take a diversion from the more bustling Nakamise-Dōri.

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Leaving the Edo Part of Town for Ueno

Now, once you've had a walk around the smaller back streets of Asakusa, let's head out to Asakusa-Dōri. This is the main arterial road connecting Asakusa and Ueno. The roads are wide and busy, so the congestion of downtown will suddenly disappear.

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Just keep walking straight ahead for a little while. The hustle and bustle of Asakusa will fade into the distance.

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Along Asakusa-Dōri suddenly this chef will pop out at you. This is the symbol of 'Niimi', a western tableware and kitchenware store, and also a sign that you are now at the entrance to the shopping arcade of 'Kappa Bashi'.

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You've now arrived at Ueno station. This is one of the large entryways to the downtown area, where many trains pass through - JR lines, subway lines, and Keisei lines. We've detailed the route from Asakusa to Ueno, but of course you can take an alternate route and enjoy a different kind of scenery.

Naturally, if you want to get somewhere fast you can catch a train, but the secret to enjoying Tokyo is to experience the constant changes in appearance and scenery as you walk around this town.

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