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

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.

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

  1. Konnichiwa!
    We are traveling in Japan for about 2 weeks this December.
    We think a 2 week JRPass will do. But it becomes active the first day of use? So what do you recommend for travel/JRPass/Subway, etc. with the following itinerary:
    Fly into Narita
    Tokyo – 3 nights (Asakusa)
    Yamanouchi, Nagano – 2 nights
    Kanazawaa – 2 nights
    Myajima – 1 night
    Kyoto – 4 nights
    Tokyo – 2 nights
    Fly out Narita
    And does it pay off to have the 1st class JRPass?

    1. Hi Linda,

      You may use 14 days JR pass for the last 14 days. You can use other deal on arrival day. Please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/narita/the-list-of-deals-for-access-to-downtown-tokyo-from-narita-airport.html

      You can get the worth of JR pass Green. Most of trains on your route have Green car. Try to get a seat on green car as much as you can. It’s not such a hard to book.

      JR pass covers most part of your trip but you may need to add some fares and/or deals. Please see the link below to find more info:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/japan-rail-pass-user-guide-how-to-use-jr-pass-to-its-maximum.html#How_to_use_JR_pass_in_major_cities_and_tourist_spots

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi,

    I plan to visit Sensoji Temple, which exit should use when I come out from Asakusa Station to go to the temple? FYI, I’m taking Asakusa line from Oshiage station. Thanks

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