Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Asakusa & Sumida River

Sensō-ji

Tokyo’s most visited temple enshrines a golden image of Kannon (the Buddhist goddess of mercy), which, according to legend, was miraculously pulled out of the nearby Sumida-gawa by two fishermen in AD 628. The image…
Top Choice Museum in Asakusa & Sumida River

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Tokyo's history museum documents the city's transformation from tidal flatlands to feudal capital to modern metropolis via detailed scale recreations of townscapes, villas and tenement homes, plus artefacts such as …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Asakusa & Sumida River

Fukagawa Fudō-dō

Belonging to the esoteric Shingon sect, this is very much an active temple where you can attend one of the city's most spectacular religious rituals. Goma (fire rituals) take place daily in an auditorium in the Hond…
Tower in Asakusa & Sumida River

Tokyo Sky Tree

Tokyo Sky Tree opened in May 2012 as the world’s tallest ‘free-standing tower’ at 634m. Its silvery exterior of steel mesh morphs from a triangle at the base to a circle at 300m. There are two observation decks, at …
Museum in Asakusa & Sumida River

Sumida Hokusai Museum

The woodblock artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) was born and died close to the location of this new museum, opened in 2016. The permanent exhibition gives an overview of his life and work, mostly through replica…
Museum in Asakusa & Sumida River

Amuse Museum

Here you'll find a fascinating collection of Japanese folk articles, mainly patched clothing and pieces of fabric, known as boro, gathered by famed ethnologist Tanaka Chūzaburō. Many of the pieces are like fine work…
Gardens in Asakusa & Sumida River

Kiyosumi-teien

One of Tokyo's most picturesque retreats, Kiyosumi-teien started out in 1721 as the villa of a daimyō (domain lord; regional lord under the shoguns). After the villa was destroyed in the 1923 earthquake, Iwasaki Yat…
Shinto Shrine in Asakusa & Sumida River

Tomioka Hachiman-gū

Founded in 1627, this shrine is famous as the birthplace of the sumo tournament. Around the back of the main building is the yokozuna stone, carved with the names of each of these champion wrestlers. Near the entran…
Gate in Asakusa & Sumida River

Kaminari-mon

The Sensō-ji temple precinct begins at this majestic gate, from which hangs an enormous chōchin (lantern); look under this to see a beautiful carved dragon. On either side are a pair of ferocious protective deities:…
Buddhist Temple in Asakusa & Sumida River

Awashima-dō

This subtemple of Sensō-ji dates to the late 17th century. The deity enshrined here is a guardian of women and the temple is the site of a curious ancient ritual: hari-kuyō (the needle funeral). Annually on 8 Februa…