Asakusa: 17 of the Best Activities Asakusa: 17 of the Best Activities

Asakusa: 17 of the Best Activities


2020.01.21

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Asakusa: 17 of the Best Activities

The best known shitamachi (old downtown) with traces of Tokyo’s past, visitors enjoy a retro Tokyo experience in Asakusa. From the most recent shopping complex Sky Tree to cultural experiences, there are many ways to spend the day. This article will give you some tips to make your day in Asakusa fun and memorable.

  • 01

    Make Japanese Breakfast

    Make Japanese Breakfast

    Make Japanese Breakfast

    Learn how to make a Japanese breakfast with a cooking class from Voyagin.
    This special guided cooking session teaches you how to make your own onigiri (rice balls), miso soup, and tamagoyaki (sweet omelets), plus other items that a standard Japanese breakfast shouldn’t be without.
    The whole process takes about 2 hours from start to finish, and you’ll leave with a full stomach and plenty of cooking skills to take back home with you.

  • 02

    Ride in a Rickshaw

    Ride in a Rickshaw

    Ride in a Rickshaw

    Being wheeled around in a hand-pulled rickshaw or jinrikisha in Japanese, is an excellent way to see Asakusa without the hassle.

    Rickshaw Tours with Ebisuya

    Rickshaw Tours with Ebisuya

    Voyagin offers Rickshaw tours with Ebisuya, and their drivers will take you to less crowded sightseeing spots while explaining local history and useful information on the way.
    Of course, they’ll also stop by at the best photo spots and snap pictures of you.

    A 30-minute tour costs 4,500 yen per person.

    Ebisuya Kaminarimon
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    Tokyo Taito-ku Asakusa 1-chome 20-4
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    03-3847-4443
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    Rent a Kimono

    Rent a Kimono

    Rent a Kimono

    Renting a kimono for the day can be a new way to explore the area with some instagrammable photos.

    Vasara Kimono Rental

    Vasara Kimono Rental

    Vasara Kimono Rental has 4 locations in Asakusa.
    It’s a full-service shop with prices starting at 2,900 yen.
    Simply show up on the day and decide which kimono or yukata(casual version of kimono usually worn during summertime) you’d like to wear. Then the staff will help you dress up.

    Asakusa Kimono Rental Yae

    Asakusa Kimono Rental Yae

    Asakusa Kimono Rental Yae is another shop where you can rent kimono. Compared to Vasara, Asakusa Kimono Rental Yae, in their standard 5,980 yen package, accessories, hair styling, and hair ornaments are all inlcluded.
    You can also arrange for a photography session and rickshaw tour right from the shop.

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    โตเกียวไทโตอาซากุสะ1-29-1สึรุยาตึออาคาร1F2F
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    0355775882
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    โตเกียวไทโตอาซากุสะ1-16-2QuatreChic6F
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    0368864256
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    Free Walking Tours of Asakusa, Ueno, and Yanaka

    Free Walking Tours of Asakusa

    Free Walking Tours of Asakusa

    Tokyo Systematized Goodwill Guide (SGG) Club has free walking tours in Asakusa, Ueno, and Yanaka.
    Reservations aren’t needed; you just show up at the designated time and place to join the tour.
    Guides will introduce the locations in English, and tours run on different days depending on the area.
    There are normally 2 tours per day, so its better to check the webpage for specific days and times of the tour.
    Asakusa tours run around Sensoji temple, Ueno tours run around Ueno Park, and Yanaka tours run around Yanaka Cemetery, with each tour lasting about 90 minutes.

    Senso-ji
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    Tokyo Taito-ku Asakusa 2-3-1
    phone
    0338420181
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  • 05

    Be a Ninja

    Ninja Cafe and Bar

    Ninja Cafe and Bar

    Ninja Cafe and Bar lets you dress up in ninja gear, offering fun activities like shuriken throwing in addition to flashy ninja-themed drinks and dishes.
    It’s worth stopping by for the spectacle alone.

    Voyagin's Ninja Tour is a light-hearted guided romp through Asakusa’s hot spots while participants are fully decked-out in ninja gear.
    You’ll get to try throwing shurikens and shooting blowguns before a ninja-themed lunch.
    It’s all in good fun.

    NINJACafe&Bar
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    โตเกียวไทโตนิเชียซะกุสะ3-27-14
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    0362317387
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  • 06

    Dress as a Courtesan

    Dress as a Courtesan

    Dress as a Courtesan

    Studio Nanairo is a professional photography and styling studio that will dress you in elegant outfits against traditional backdrops.
    There are courses that let you pose as a courtesan, maiko (apprentice geisha in Kyoto and Western Japan), or geisha (Japanese women who entertain through performing the ancient traditions of art, dance and singing).
    They also have a other plans and options to take pictures around town.
    Prices include all dressing, makeup, and accessories, so all you have to do is show up and enjoy getting shot infront of the camera.

    スタジオ七色
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    東京都台東区雷門2-17-8
    phone
    0338437716
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  • 07

    Take a Water Bus Tour

    Take a Water Bus Tour

    Take a Water Bus Tour

    Cruise down the Sumida River on a water bus from Asakusa Pier.
    There are several routes to choose from, including a line running from Asakusa to Odaiba and Asakusa to Hamarikyu Gardens.

    Prices range from about 1,000 to 2,000 yen, depending on the vessel, but seeing Tokyo rise out of the water as you drift lazily along is a worthwhile experience.
    Rides take from 40 to 70 minutes, and you can even ride the sci-fi inspired Himiko boat to take advantage of its panoramic windows.

    Read more: Riding Tokyo's Water Buses

    TOKYO CRUISE
    place
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Hanakawado 1-1-1
    phone
    0120977311
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  • 08

    Visit Hanayashiki, Japan’s Oldest Amusement Park

    Hanayashiki, Japan’s Oldest Amusement Park

    Hanayashiki, Japan’s Oldest Amusement Park

    Hanayashiki (花やしき) is Japan’s oldest amusement park, built all the way back in 1853.
    The retro vibe adds a unique twist to the atmosphere, and the park is sure to keep the whole family entertained.
    They have attractions that allow riders as young as a few months, as well as thrill rides for adults.
    August is the season of summer vacation, so the park closes at 8 p.m. instead of 6, with nighttime illuminations.

    Nighttime Illuminations

    Nighttime Illuminations

    Hanayashiki Day is August 7th, which waives the entry fee, though rides still have particular charges.
    Hanayashiki is only 10 minutes’ walk from Asakusa Station.

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    0338428780
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  • 09

    Make Amezaiku

    Ameshin, Making Candy Sculptures Shop

    Ameshin, Making Candy Sculptures Shop

    Amezaiku is the Japanese craft of making candy sculptures, and Ameshin Hanakawado Studio lets you try creating candy yourself at a workshop.
    The workshop lasts about 2 hours, and you’ll learn how to make a candy rabbit that you can take home with you.

    Learn how to make a Candy Rabbit

    Learn how to make a Candy Rabbit

    While Ameshin does have a shop in Skytree, the Hanakawado location is the only place where workshops are held.
    Ameshin also sells intricate designs of flowers and animals for tasty souvenirs.
    Reservations can be made up to 2 weeks in advance by emailing them from their website.

  • 10

    Goldfish Scooping

    Goldfish Shop

    Goldfish Shop

    Goldfish Scooping

    Goldfish Scooping

    Summer festivals in Japan often let you catch goldfish by scooping them into a container with a paper scoop.
    At Asakusa Kingyo (浅草きんぎょ) you can try your luck regardless of the season.
    Inside the shop they have a goldfish pool, and for 300 yen you can try to snag your next pet.

    Thin and Light Scoopers

    Thin and Light Scoopers

    There are thin and thick scoopers, or poi, so you can decide what level of challenge you’d like.

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    โตเกียวไทโตอาซากุสะ2-7-13
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    0338475251
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  • 11

    Roof Tile Breaking

    Roof Tile Breaking

    Roof Tile Breaking

    Ever dreamed of smashing roof tiles like they do for martial arts performances?
    At Kawara-wari Kawarana (瓦割りカワラナ), you can test your prowess in the Japanese tradition of breaking roof tiles with your hands.
    They have plans starting at 1 tile for 500 yen, but for 5 tiles it’s 2,000 yen, 10 is 3,900 yen, and you can try for a shop record for 5,000 yen.

    Katanaba, you can test the Sharpness of the Sword in the next store.

    Katanaba, you can test the Sharpness of the Sword in the next store.

    Mornings are normally less crowded, and it’s located behind Hanayashiki Amusement Park. Sometimes the whole shop is rented out for private parties, so be sure to check the calendar on the website

    瓦割りカワラナ
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    東京都 台東区 浅草2丁目27-17
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  • 12

    Go-Karting

    Go-Karting

    Go-Karting

    Zoom through Asakusa dressed in a cosplay outfit with Voyagin’s Go-Kart Asakusa tour.
    You will need a passport and international driver’s license, but once you sort those out you’re all set.

    There are 2 courses available, and both of them will let you drive through Asakusa and see Skytree.
    You can live out all of your Mario Kart dreams and get some amazing pictures on a safe tour that’s bound to satisfy.

    SAMURAIKARTASAKUSA
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    โตเกียวไทโตนิเชียซะกุสะ3-25-31
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    0338411860
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    【URL】https://asakusa.kart.st/
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  • 13

    Boating in Ueno Park

    Boating in Ueno Park

    Boating in Ueno Park

    Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park has an area where you can rent small boats all year round.
    Options include paddle boats, cycle boats, and swan boats, making it a great date spot or a fun family activity that lets you enjoy the weather.
    Opening hours for the boat rental dock do vary quite a bit by season, so be sure to check the official website before making plans.

    สวนอุเอโนะองชิ
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen - Ikenohata 3
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    0338285644
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    Rent a Bike in Yanaka

    Rent a Bike in Yanaka

    Rent a Bike in Yanaka

    Yanaka is a retro neighborhood with tons of charming cafes and hip general stores.
    Renting a bike to explore the area is recommended, since things can be more spread out.
    Tokyobike has colorful cycles that are a breeze to pedal, and their throwback style is a great fit for the Yanaka vibe. An all-day bike rental will run you 2,500 yen.

    Tokyobike Rentals Yanaka
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Yanaka 4-2-39
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    0358090980
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  • 15

    Edo Cut Glass

    Edo Cut Glass

    Edo Cut Glass

    Edo cut glass, or Edo kiriko, is the art of carving patterns into colored glass.
    At the Sumida Edo Kirikokan (すみだ江戸切子館) you’ll have the opportunity to carve your own pattern into a glass, and the whole workshop only takes around 90 minutes.
    First you’ll choose what color glass you’d like, then the instructor will guide you through the process.
    It’s your chance to make a one-of-a-kind souvenir steeped in Japanese history.

    Sumidaedokirikokan
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    3.0

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    Tokyo Sumida-ku Taihei 2-10-9
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    0336234148
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    Skytree Terrace Tour

    Skytree Terrace Tour

    Skytree Terrace Tour

    Skytree visitors now have the option of taking an outdoor terrace tour of the tower.
    The 50-minute tour will take you around the tower’s exterior, and you’ll wear a hardhat and safety vests to comply with Skytree’s strict safety standards.

    Night time visitors can see nice viewing.

    Night time visitors can see nice viewing.

    But the open-air view of Tokyo from 155 meters up is well worth it.
    Terrace tours are only available 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, with tickets costing 2,500 yen.

    Read more : Skytree Terrace Tour

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    โตเกียวสูมีดะโอะเชียเกะ1-1-2
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    0570550634
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    【URL】http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/
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  • 17

    Night Cruise on the Sumida River

    Night Cruise on the Sumida River

    Night Cruise on the Sumida River

    Yakatabune (屋形船) are Japanese leisure boats that have been used since the Edo period.
    They run along the Sumida River both daytime and night, but the nighttime cruises are especially popular for their glittering city views.
    Many use the yakatabune for groups and full boat rentals, but you can find shared cruises for parties as small as 2 people.

    Yakatabune, Japanese leisure boat

    Yakatabune, Japanese leisure boat

    Tsurishin (釣新) is a yakatabune company that has nighttime courses where you’ll see Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, and Skytree.
    Departure times are from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and cruises last 2.5 hours, including dinner on the boat.
    The dock is 5 minutes on foot from Kuramae Station, which is 2 minutes/1 stop from Asakusa Station. Reservations are made via email.

    屋形船 釣新
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    東京都墨田区本所1-3-11
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    0336223572
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