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

Asakusa is a symbolic place for tourists to experience edo-era cultures in Japan. And, Senso-ji is the centor of Asakusa area.

Senso-ji in Asakusa

From Wikipedia – Sensō-ji (金龍山浅草寺 Kinryū-zan Sensō-ji) is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of its most significant. Formerly associated with the Tendai sect of Buddhism, it became independent after World War II. Adjacent to the temple is a five-story pagoda, Shinto shrine, the Asakusa Shrine, as well as many shops with traditional goods in the Nakamise-dōri. The Sensoji Kannon temple is dedicated to Kannon Bosatsu, the Bodhisattva of compassion, and is the most widely visited spiritual site in the world with over 30 million visitors annually. It’s also famous for adopting the advanced technologies to maintaine the traditional architectures. (3major architecture’s roof is made by titanium.)(Kaname Co.ltd/Nippon Steel TranTixxii Titanium)

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.

TOKYO CRUISE Time Table and Fares

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.

Nezu Shrine

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.

Nezu Shrine Torii Pass

From Wikipedia – Nezu Shrine (根津神社 Nezu-jinja) is a Shinto shrine located in the Bunkyō ward of Tokyo, Japan. Established in 1705, it is one of the oldest places of worship in the city, and several of the buildings on the shrine grounds have been designated as Important Cultural Property. It was built in the Ishi-no-ma-zukuri style of Shinto architecture, following the Tōshō-gū shrine in Nikkō. It is famous for its Azalea Festival (Tsutsuji Matsuri) which is held on its grounds from early April until early May, and it has been described as “Tokyo’s most beautiful shrine” and as one the city’s “most spectacular spring scenes”. It is one of the Tokyo Ten Shrines (東京十社 Tokyo Jissha).

From Senso-ji to Nezu Srhine, taking taxi will be convenient. It takes around 15min. Here is Google Map Link for transportation.

Yushima Tenjin

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.

Yushima Tenjin

From Wikiepedia – Yushima Tenman-gū (湯島天満宮) is a Shinto shrine located in the Bunkyō ward of Tokyo, Japan. Established in 458, it is now devoted to Tenjin, the kami of Learning. For this reason, it is also called Yushima Tenjin. It is located very close to Ueno Park, and not far from the University of Tokyo. It is a frequently sited by prospective students hoping to pass the entrance exams, particularly in April. At this time, the temple receives many offerings of ema, votive tablets to petition the kami for success. One of the most famous features of the shrine are the blossoms of his plum trees in the spring. In February and March, the annual festival Ume Matsuri is held, attracting many visitors.

Akihabara

Akihabara is secred hub for Otaku and tech geek. By the way, I am nerd not geek 🙂

From Wikipedia – Akihabara gained the nickname Akihabara Electric Town (秋葉原電気街 Akihabara Denki Gai) shortly after World War II for being a major shopping center for household electronic goods and the post-war black market.[2][3] Nowadays, Akihabara is considered by many to be an otaku cultural center and a shopping district for video games, anime, manga, and computer goods. Icons from popular anime and manga are displayed prominently on the shops in the area, and numerous maid cafés are found throughout the district.

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.

Akiba Culture Zone by Animate

Here is Google Map Link. It only takes 4 min by walk from JR Akihabara Station. Pretty close.

Tokyo Imperial Palace

From Wikipedia – The Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居 Kōkyo, literally “Imperial Residence”) is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo and contains buildings including the main palace (宮殿 Kyūden), the private residences of the Imperial Family, an archive, museums and administrative offices It is built on the site of the old Edo Castle. The total area including the gardens is 1.15 square kilometres (0.44 sq mi).

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.

Imperial Palace

Also, about my hotel recommendations, here is the link.

Tokyo Trip Vol.1 – Why you should stay in Hamamatsucho

 

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.

Tokyo Trip No.4 – Meiji Shrine, Omotesando, Harajuku and Shibuya