How to access to Asakusa. Does JR Pass cover Asakusa?

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 one of most popular tourist places in Tokyo. There is Senso-ji, Buddhist temple. We also have some more temples and many Japanese souvenir shops.

Asakusa is known as the terminal station of Tobu Railway. Tobu Railway connects Asakusa, Tokyo Skytree, Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen. You may come to Asakusa to take Tobu Railway.

Asakusa is nice place to stay too. But if you access from downtown core of Tokyo, such as Tokyo or Shinjuku station, JR pass does not cover the access to Asakusa because JR does not have a station in Asakusa. You have to take Tokyo Metro to get Asakusa.

In this post, I will show you how to access to Asakusa from major stations in Tokyo by JR Pass. If you use JR East Pass, Tokyo Wide Pass, Hokuriku Arch Pass, JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass, you can use same way.

Overview

Please see the train route map below. This map shows only major stations, transfer points and some major lines.

Asakusa route map
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JR Pass and other JR deals cover only green bold lines. But you have to take Tokyo Metro Ginza line or Toei Subway Asakusa line to get Asakusa. Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway are not covered by JR Pass and any other JR deals. Just try to minimize rinding subway and try to take JR trains as much as you can. It is the easiest way to save the cost for JR Pass and JR deals user.

The transfer points are Ueno, Kanda and Asakusabashi. Asakusabashi seems to be closer to Asakusa but it is not in Asakusa. It is still two stations away by Toei Subway.

I recommned you to take Tokyo Metro Ginza line from Kanda or Ueno. I do not recommend you to take Toei Subway Asakusa line because the location of Asakusa station of Tokyo Metro Ginza line is better than Toei Subway Asakusa line’s station. It is closer to the center of Asakusa.

From Tokyo station to Asakusa

If you stay near Tokyo station, you may follow this route. And also if you arrive in Tokyo station by the Tokaido Shinkansen from Nagoya, Kyoto, Shin-Osaka, Okayama, Hiroshima and want to get Asakusa, you can use this access route too.

  1. Take either Yamanote line or Keihin Tohoku line to Kanda. It is only one station away from Tokyo.
  2. After arrival at Kanda, exit from the north ticket gate. Don’t go to south ticket gate. It takes only a few minutes to get Kanda from Tokyo.
  3. After exit from the north ticket gate, you will see the stairs to Tokyo Metro Ginza line Kanda station. It takes about 5 minutes to transfer at Kanda.
    JR Pass and other JR deals cover your trip until you get Kanda.
  4. Take Tokyo Metro Ginza line train to Asakusa. Asakusa is the last station. You cannot miss it. It takes only 10 minutes from Kanda. The fare is 170 yen.

You may change the trains at Ueno too. But Kanda station is much smaller than Ueno. And it is easier to change trains at Kanda.

If you do not use JR Pass or other JR deals

You can walk to Otemachi station of Tokyo Metro Tozai line. Otemachi station is within walking distance from Tokyo station. Take Tozai line to Nihombashi. Nihombashi 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 280 yen.

From Ueno station

If you stay near Ueno station, all you have to do is just hopping on Tokyo Metro Ginza line to get Asakusa. And also if you arrive in Ueno by the Tohoku-Hokkaido Shikansen, the Hokuriku Shinkansen, the Joetsu Shinkansen, the Akita Shinkansen, the Yamagata Shinkansen and want to get Asakusa, you may get off the train at Ueno. And you may take this route too.

  1. If you arrive in Ueno by the Shinkansen, the Shinkansen platform is located underground. Take the escalator to get the ground floor.
  2. Go through Shinkansen transfer gate and exit from the central gate. You will find the stairs and escalator to Tokyo Metro Ginza line on your left side.
  3. Take Tokyo Metro Ginza line to Asakusa. Asakusa is the last station. You cannot miss it. It takes only 5 minutes from Kanda. The fare is 170 yen.
    JR Pass and other JR deals cover this subway trip.

From Shinjuku station

  1. Take Chuo line to Kanda. It takes 13 minutes to get Kanda from Shinjuku.
  2. After arrival at Kanda, exit from the north ticket gate. Don’t go to south ticket gate. It takes only a few minutes to get Kanda from Tokyo.
  3. After exit from the north ticket gate, you will see the stairs to Tokyo Metro Ginza line Kanda station. It takes about 5 minutes to transfer at Kanda.
    JR Pass and other JR deals cover your trip until you get Kanda.
  4. Take Tokyo Metro Ginza line train to Asakusa. Asakusa is the last station. You cannot miss it. It takes only 10 minutes from Kanda. The fare is 170 yen.

If you do not use JR Pass or other JR deals

There are many routes available. But Chuo line to Kanda and Tokyo Metro Ginza line route is still the best. You can get Asakusa from Shinjuku by Tokyo Metro only. But total fare is not much difference. And there are many subway stations in Shinjuku. It is hard to find the right station. JR station is the biggest station in Shinjuku. But once you get JR Shinjuku station, it is not hard to find Chuo line platform.

This is reason why I still recommend you to take Chuo line to Kanda and Tokyo Metro Ginza line to Asakusa.

From Shinagawa station

  1. Take Yamanote line or Keihin Tohoku line to Kanda. It takes 15 minutes to get Kanda.
  2. After arrival at Kanda, exit from the north ticket gate. Don’t go to south ticket gate. It takes only a few minutes to get Kanda from Tokyo.
  3. After exit from the north ticket gate, you will see the stairs to Tokyo Metro Ginza line Kanda station. It takes about 5 minutes to transfer at Kanda.
    JR Pass and other JR deals cover your trip until you get Kanda.
  4. Take Tokyo Metro Ginza line train to Asakusa. Asakusa is the last station. You cannot miss it. It takes only 10 minutes from Kanda. The fare is 170 yen.

If you do not use JR Pass or other JR deals

You may take Keikyu Railway from Shinagawa. Most Keikyu Railway train go through Toei Subway Asakusa line. Keikyu Railway’s track and Toei Subway Asakusa line’s track are connected at Sengakuji. You can get Asakusa directly by Keikyu Railway – Toei Subway Asakusa line direct train service.

The trip time is around 20 minutes and the fare is 420 yen.

From Ikebukuro station

  1. Take Yamanote line to Ueno. It takes 17 minutes to get Ueno.
    JR Pass and JR deals cover your trip untlil you get Ueno.
  2. After arrival at Ueno, exit from the central ticket gate. Don’t go to south ticket gate. It takes only a few minutes to get Kanda from Tokyo.
  3. After exit from north ticket gate, you will see the stairs to Tokyo Metro Ginza line Kanda station. It takes about 5 minutes to transfer at Kanda.
    JR Pass and other JR deals cover your trip until you get Kanda.
  4. Take Tokyo Metro Ginza line train to Asakusa. Asakusa is the last station. You cannot miss it. It takes only 10 minutes from Kanda. The fare is 170 yen.

If you do not use JR Pass or other JR deals

The above route Yamanote line and Tokyo Metro Ginza line via Ueno is still the best one. The fare for Yamanote line from Ikebukuro to Ueno is 170 yen.

For more information about the train network in downtown Tokyo

Please also refer the post below to learn more about the train system in downtown Tokyo.

I hope this post helped you to get Asakusa more smoothly.

51 thoughts on “How to access to Asakusa. Does JR Pass cover Asakusa?”

  1. We will be staying near asakusa-kuramae. Is the train covered by jr pass? How to go to narita airport from asakusa-kurame using the jr pass?

  2. How do I transfer Asakusa line to Asakusabashi station if I am taking Narita Express from the airport. I have a JR pass so I will only take Narita Express

    1. Hi Virginia,

      You can take JR local line by JR pass too. So you can take the following route:
      Narita (Narita Express) Tokyo (Yamanote line) Akihabara (Sobu line) Asakusabashi

      All trips are covered by JR pass.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. 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

  4. 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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