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Guide To The Asahi Building And Golden Flame In Asakusa - Tips And Access
Written by Hori Yuhei
The Asahi Building, or Asahi Beer's headquarters in the Asakusa area, is known for its large, gold sculpture on its roof. Close to Sensoji and Tokyo Skytree, learn about the history, access, and things to do in the building, from enjoying fresh brews to visiting exhibits.
Asahi Beer Building: Super Dry Hall and The Mysterious Golden Object
If you are in the Asakusa Station area and look towards Sumida River and Tokyo Skytree, you will likely notice a mysterious golden object (pictured above) across the water.
The large, gold-colored sculpture on top of Asahi Beer Building's Super Dry Hall, part of the main headquarters of the famous domestic beer company.
Continue reading to learn more about this out-of-the-ordinary landmark, how to see it up-close, and what you can do at one of Japan's favorite beer's headquarters.
A Golden Flame Representing Passion
Many visitors in Asakusa and around Sensoji Temple's Kaminarimon may be confused by the statue's appearance and meaning. However, it is a prominent part of one of Japan's most well-known beer companies, Asahi.
There are many theories and ways of looking at the sculpture, but it is actually meant to be shaped like a flame. It represents the passion and dedication the company has for brewing and was installed in 1989 for the company's 100th anniversary. The sculpture and the Super Dry Building it sits on were designed by French artist Philippe Starck.
The Super Dry Building is also open to the public and contains exhibits to view. It is a great place to stop by for a short visit, especially if you are walking from Sensoji Temple to Tokyo Skytree.
How to Get to the Asahi Beer Building and Golden Flame
Getting to the Super Dry Building and the flame is easiest from Asakusa Station It is close to exits on the Tobu Skytree Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, and Toei Subway Asakusa Line.
When exiting the station, be sure to go towards Sumida River and not towards Kaminarimon.
A landmark to look for is the Azumabashi Bridge (pictured above), which spans over the Sumida River. This bridge leads directly to the Asahi headquarters and the flame. Walk across the bridge and cross the street to reach the building.
This is a view of the sculpture up-close.
Inside Asahi's Super Dry Building
As mentioned above, the Super Dry Building is open to guests. There are multiple cafes and restaurants inside, as well as exhibits on the history and background on Asahi.
On the 1st floor is an exhibition detailing the history of the Asahi Beer company. Stop by to learn more about one of Japan's most famous beverage and beer companies with these colorful visuals.
In addition to the restaurants inside the building, there is also a bar and restaurant next door, offering craft beer and meals. If you continue down the street and walk for about 15 minutes, you will get to Tokyo Skytree.
Go to Asahi Super Dry Hall and the Golden Flame
The Asahi Super Dry Hall is undoubtedly one of the standout landmarks in the Asakusa area with its unique art.
When visiting the area, be sure to look for the sculpture and go see it up close. As it is close to the iconic Sumida River, Tokyo Skytree, restaurants, and shops, it is a relaxed area to walk around, in contrast to the bustling Asakusa area.
Asahi Super Dry Hall
Address: Tokyo, Sumida, Azumabashi 1-23-1 Asahi Beer Hall
Nearest Station: Asakusa Station, various lines
Access: 5-minute walk from Exit 4 or 5 (Ginza or Tobu line stations), 10-minute walk from A5 Exit (Toei Asakusa line station), or a 6-minute walk from A3 Exit of Honjo Azumabashi Station (Toei Asakusa Line)
Website: Asahi Super Dry Hall (Japanese)
Main photo courtesy of pixta