How to access to Asakusa. Can we get Asakusa by Japan Rail Pass?

Nakamise street has lots of shops on the road to Senso-ji temple in Asakusa. ©Taito City/©JNTO
Nakamise street has lots of shops on the road to Senso-ji temple in Asakusa. ©Taito City/©JNTO

Asakusa (浅草) is very popular district in Tokyo. We have Senso-ji, Buddhist temple there. We also have some more temples, so many Japanese souvenir shops and Ryokan (Japanese style accommodation that has Tatami room).

Asakusa is nice place to stay. But if you access from downtown core of Tokyo, such as Tokyo or Shinjuku station, I recommend you to take subway. JR does not have a station in Asakusa. JR has “Asakusa-bashi” station. But it might make you be confused. This station is not located in Asakusa. It takes at least 20 minutes walk. Both Tokyo Metro and Tokyo Toei subway lines have stations in Asakusa.

In this post, I will show you the access to Asakusa from major stations in Tokyo

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.

From Tokyo station


View to Asakusa from Tokyo in a larger map

1) Take Yamanote line to Ueno. You can take Keihin Tohoku line too. It takes 8 minutes to get Ueno from Tokyo.
*You can find the details about Yamanote line and Keihin Tohoku line at this post, How much can we use Japan Rail Pass in downtown Tokyo?

2) Transfer to Tokyo Metro Ginza line at Ueno.

3) Take subway train to Asakusa. Asakusa is the last station. You cannot miss it. It takes only 5 minutes from Ueno. the fare is 160 yen.
*If you need more information, please refer this page.
*If you don’t Japan Rail Pass, you can walk to Otemachi station of Tokyo Metro Tozai line. Otemachi station is within walking distance from Tokyo station. Take Tozai line to Nihonbashi. Nihonbashi is one station away from Otemachi. Transfer to Tokyo Metro Ginza line at Nihonbashi. Asakusa is the last station. It takes 25 minutes and the fare is 160 yen.

From Shinjuku station


View to Asakusa from Shinjuku station in a larger map

1) Take Chuo line to Kanda. It takes 13 minutes to get Kanda from Shinjuku.
*You can find the details about Chuo line at this post, How much can we use Japan Rail Pass in downtown Tokyo?

2) Transfer to Tokyo Metro Ginza line at Kanda.

3) Take subway train to Asakusa. Asakusa is the last station. You cannot miss it. It takes 10 minutes from Ueno. the fare is 160 yen.
*If you need more information, please refer this page.
*If you don’t use Japan Rail Pass, you can take Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line from Shinjuku to Akasakamitsuke. Then transfer to Ginza line to Asakusa. The fare is 230 yen. It takes 34 minutes.

35 thoughts on “How to access to Asakusa. Can we get Asakusa by Japan Rail Pass?”

  1. Hi, can we take direct train from a Asakusa station (with no station transfer) to Tobu-Nikko station for a one day side seeing tour. Ty

  2. This article has been very helpful! Planning to stay at a hotel in the Asakusa district. I was trying to figure out how to get from Tokyo or Ginza area to the hotel., and found my answer! Thank you very much.

  3. Hi, we will be staying at Asakusa view hotel and we need to go to Akita by Super Komachi. My question is where can we buy tickets for Super Komachi? Is that in Tokyo station? Thanks so much.

  4. My point is: if you don’t mind walking a bit, which JR station would be the closest to somewhere near Asakusa station?

  5. Hello Sir,
    I will be staying at the Sheraton Miyako hotel in Tokyo. What is the best way to get to Asakusa in order to visit the Sensoji temple?
    Cordially,
    Dr. Molino-Torres

  6. We plan visiting Japan next year, we will stay a night at Hakodate, can I take the Tokyo to Hakodate Shinkansen to Tokyo in the morning from nearest JR station at Hakodate?
    When the Shinkansen will schedule to be operated from Hakodate to Tokyo?

    1. Hi Quanta,

      Hokkaido Shinkansen will open in next March. Timetable will be released sometimes in the beginning of the year 2016. It will take 4 to 4.5 hours from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto to Tokyo. It will take 20 minutes from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto to Hakodate by access rapid train.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

  7. I will be staying at Asakusa View hotel, after which travel to Mishima station, stay 2 nights to go to Yeti Snow Resort. I plan to get a 7 days JR pass as I am going to kyoto and Osaka too.
    Can I use the JR pass to travel from Asakusa to Mishima station by shinkansen?
    Can I use the JR pass to travel from Mishima station to Kyoto by shinkansen?

    Thank you

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