Since I am living in Tokyo for over 10 years, I am proud of myself as Tokyo Trip Expert. Here, I will tell you everything I know about how travelers from all over the world can amazingly enjoy the journey with all reasonable hotels, tasty food choices, and amazing spots including my secret recommends with travel tips in this biggest metropolitan city in the world. For Tokyo trip, I believe 4 days stay should be minimum, and if you prefer including staying hot spring spots close to Tokyo, around one week would be ideal to maximize your all fantastic experience in this trip.
For Vol.3, I’ll tell you about my favorite and lovely trip spots around Easter Tokyo area. Major trip spots there are Asakusa, Nezu Shirine, Yushima Tenjin, Akihabara, and Tokyo Imperial Palace.
Asakusa is a symbolic place for tourists to experience edo-era cultures in Japan. And, Senso-ji is the centor of Asakusa area.
I prefer the night view of Senso-ji because all architecture is beautifully light-up, thus, you can see the aesthetic beauty of this old temple. light-up time starts from after sunset to 11pm. It might be good idea to visit the temple after dinner. Don’t miss it.
And, we have an unique way to get to Asakusa. People usually use Subways. If you stay in Hamamatsucho area based on my recommends, to use Asakusa-line is the easiest way. It will take 20 min by the subway. Here is Google Map Link for transportation. But, the unique way is by ship 🙂 Especially, in Spring season, the ship will go thorough beautiful cherry road along with river. That’s impressive view and great photo spots. I prefer night time because the cherries are beautifully light-up, too.
Here is time table and fares. And you can get on ship from Hamarikyu, too. That would be another fantastic idea to enjoy the road to Senso-ji.
Also, around Senso-ji, we have some Kimono-rental shops. So, you can enjoy your time there with Kimono-style.
In summer, you can rent Yukata, too. So, please maximize your experience in Asakusa. Here is Google Map Link for rental shop lists.
Also, here is my big recommends for food in Asakusa. The name is Dote No Iseya. They run this restaurant over 120 years 🙂 Thus, inside is cozy with old edo culture. Amazing! It opens only from lunch time – 11am to 2pm only, closed in Wednesday and 4th Tuesday every month. Be carefull. But, Tempura is very crispy and amazingly juicy. If you are foodie or tempura lovers, you must have this.
This is my best Tendon in Tokyo 🙂 This is how the shop looks like.
It’s a bit far away from Asakusa station, so, you should take taxi to get to here. It only takes 7-8min from Senso-ji. Some of taxi drivers around this area knows the name of this restaurant. And, they don’t take reservation and only accept cash just like famous steak house in NYC 🙂 But, the taste is guaranteed. Here is Google Map Link.
I know most tourists loves to go through Torii Pass in Fushimi Inari Taisha Kyoto, but, actually, we have the same one in Tokyo, too. It is located in Nezu shrine.
From Senso-ji to Nezu Srhine, taking taxi will be convenient. It takes around 15min. Here is Google Map Link for transportation.
If you have little more time to enjoy major beautiful shrine in Tokyo, Yushima Tenjin will be the one. It’s located between Nezu shrine and Akihabara.
Akihabara is secred hub for Otaku and tech geek. By the way, I am nerd not geek 🙂
One of funny things in Akihabara will be to find very unique products by Otaku cultures. Some of them is very outstanding. It may be better idea to walk through Akihabara street to find out some, but, if you don’t have such time. You can experience very popular otaku cultures in Akiba Culture zone.
Here is Google Map Link. It only takes 4 min by walk from JR Akihabara Station. Pretty close.
Tokyo Imperial Palace
What I love to do in Imperial Palace is to picnic with my wife and dog. They have very beautiful green grass park in front of the palace, and very spacy. So, in Spring and Summer season, you can really relax yourself here. Since they have small cafe and glossary shop inside, you can enjoy light meals.
Also, about my hotel recommendations, here is the link.
This is all about nice travel spots in Eastern Tokyo. For Vol.4, I’ll tell you about Omote-sando, Farajuku, Shibuya, and Meiji-jingu.