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NorthEastern part of Tokyo core like Asakusa & Ueno. Located here are Sensoji, Ueno Park, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Tokyo National Museum, Nezu Shrine etc.

Asakusa & Ryogoku - Guide

pinSensoji Temple [浅草寺] link



Taito-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

Sensoji is a Tendai Buddhist temple known for its Shitamachi atmosphere, though most of its buildings are post-war reconstructions made with concrete. Its Japanese stroll garden (last two photos) is open to the public from around mid-March to early May for 300 yen. Many events are held at this temple, and the most notable of them is Honzon-jigen-e held on March 17-18.
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pinAsakusa Jinja Shrine [浅草神社]



Taito-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

Asakusa Jinja, a Shinto shrine next to Sensoji Temple, honors three commoners who were engaged in the foundation of the temple. Unlike the temple it survived the Second World War, thus its buildings being those constructed in the Edo period. It's Sanja-matsuri held in mid-May is one of the most famous traditional festival in Tokyo. Some other events like Asakusa Kodomo Kabuki Matsuri are also held.
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pinEdo-Tokyo Museum [江戸東京博物館] link



Sumida-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

9:30-17:30; 600yen; closed Mon* & late Dec-early Jan

In the Edo-Tokyo Museum, there are many models, full-sized or miniature, of buildings that used to exist in the town of Edo and its successor Tokyo.
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pinYokoami-cho Koen Park [横網町公園]



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The current buildings in this park were constructed to commemorate the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. The Tokyo Memorial Hall built in 1930 has a unique appearance, its front exterior resembling that of a Shinto shrine, its rear a pagoda of a Buddhist temple, its interior a Christian church.
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6-minute walk from JR Ryogoku Station

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pinKyu-Yasuda Teien Garden [旧安田庭園]



Sumida-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

9:00-16:30 (-18:00 Jun-Aug); free; closed Dec 29-Jan 1

Kyu-Yasuda Garden is a small Japanese stroll garden initially constructed as part of a domain lord's residence. At that time the garden drew in water from the river mouth of the Sumida River to enjoy the changes of scenery caused by its ebbs and flows. Currently this phenomenon is simulated by a water pump.
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7-min walk from JR Ryogoku Station

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pinMimeguri Jinja Shrine [三囲神社]



Sumida-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

Mimeguri Jinja is a Shinto shrine across the Sumida River from the Asakusa district.
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8-min walk from Tobu Line Tokyo Skytree Station

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pinKofukuji Temple [弘福寺]



Sumida-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

Kofukujiis a Obaku Zen temple with a set of buildings specific to Obaku Zen school.
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12-min walk from Tobu Line Tokyo Skytree Station

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pinMukojima Hyakkaen Gardens [向島百花園]



Sumida-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

9:00-17:00; 150yen; closed Dec 29-Jan 3

Mukojima Hyakkaen Gardens is a Japanese stroll garden created by a rich merchant in the Edo period.
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4-min walk from Tobu Skytree Line Higashi-Mukojima Station

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pinUshijima Jinja Shrine 牛嶋神社


Sumida-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

Ushijima Jinja is a Shinto shrine across the Sumida River from the Asakusa district.
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6-min walk from Tobu Line Tokyo-Skytree Station
Ushijima Jinja Shrine

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Ueno - Guide

pinUeno Koen Park [上野恩賜公園]



Taito-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

The whole of Ueno Park used to be the grounds of Kan'eiji Temple but was destroyed in 1868 by the civil war and was converted into a park, though some of the peripheral buildings still remain. It is also one of the most renowned sites for its cherry blossom in spring in Japan. Events like the Satsuki Festival are also held. In July, The Ueno Natsu Matsuri Parade will be held along the main street adjoining the park.
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pinTokyo National Museum [東京国立博物館] link



Taito-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

9:30-17:00; permanent exhibition 620yen;closed Mon* & late Dec-early Jan

Founded in 1872 as the first museum in this country, the Tokyo National Museum exhibits many excellent art works (and you can take pictures for many of them). Other than the works on display inside, its buildings are also notable. The main building built in 1937 in Japanese-style, a Western-style palace constructed in 1908, the main gate of a feudal domain lord's residence in Edo, and such. The backyard garden with some more buildings is open to the public only around March to April and October to December (without extra fee).
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pinUeno Toshogu Shrine [上野東照宮]



Taito-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

Ueno Toshogu is a Shinto shrine enshrining Tokugawa Shogunate founder Tokugawa Ieyasu. Its shrine complex constructed in the Edo era is still preserved. You can take a close look at them if you are willing to pay 500yen for admission (9:30-16:00, open daily).
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pinGojotenjin Shrine & Hanazono Inari Jinja Shrine [五条天神社・花園稲荷神社]



Taito-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

Gojotenjin and Hanazono Inari Jinja, located in Ueno Park, are small shrines which share the grounds. On February 3, it holds an event called Ukera no Shinji which preserves an old form of Setsubun ceremony.
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pinTokyo University Hongo & Yayoi Campus [東京大学 本郷・弥生キャンパス]



Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

Tokyo University is the top-ranking university in Japan. Tens of so-called College Gothic buildings built prior to WWII stand on its campus.
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pinKan'eiji Temple [寛永寺]



Taito-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

Kan'eiji is a major Tendai Buddhist temple. As one of the three temples where Tokugawa shoguns were buried, it used to have vast grounds but they were almost completely destroyed by the civil war of the Meiji Restoration and were transformed into the Ueno Park. Thus some facilities of the temple still remain in the park. As for the shoguns' graves, they were burned down in WWII and only two small gatespinpin (and a few more small buildings which are not on public display) remain.
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pinYushima Tenjin Shrine [湯島天神(湯島天満宮)]



Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

Yushima Tenjin is a small but popular Shinto shrine near Ueno Park. The Ume Matsuri (apricot festival) in February and the Kiku Matsuri (chrysanthemum exhibition) in fall is espeicially well-known. The Reitaisai is also pretty large in even-numbered years.
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2-min walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Yushima Station

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pinKyu-Iwasakitei Gardens [旧岩崎邸庭園]



Taito-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

9:00-17:00; 400yen; closed 12/29-1/1

This mansion used to be the main residence of the Iwasaki family who owned Mitsubishi Conglomerate until the end of WWII, though its present size is one-third of what it used to be.
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3-min walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Yushima Station

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pinEnshuin Temple 円珠院


Taito-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

Enshuin is a small Tendai temple with a neat garden.
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pinShitamachi Museum 下町風俗資料館


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9:30-17:30 (-16:30 Nov-Mar); 300yen; closed Mon* & late Dec-early Jan

Shitamachi Museum is a small museum focusing on Shitamachi culture. Taking photos is allowed.
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pinAmeyoko Market アメ横


Taito-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

Ameya Yokocho, often briefly called Ameyoko, is an open-air market along the elevated railway from JR Ueno Station to JR Okachimachi Station. It retains the atmosphere of the black market which emerged here after WWII.
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pinRinshoin Temple 麟祥院


Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

Rinshoin is a small but neat Rinzai zen temple close to Yushima Tenjin.
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7-min walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Yushima Station
Rinshoin Temple

pinShitaya Jinja Shrine 下谷神社


Taito-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

Shitaya Jinja is a Shinto shrine near Ueno which preserves a complex built before WWII. The annual grand festival of the shrine is held in mid-May.
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2-min walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Inaricho Station
Shitaya Jinja Shrine

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Yanaka - Guide

pinTemple Town of Yanaka [谷中の寺町]



Taito-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

The Yanaka district is a temple town where more than 60 small temples concentrate. There are many temple towns in Tokyo but none of them are of this size and at the same time preserve the buildings built before WWII, though there are no large temples here and most of their buildings don't date back to the feudal times since this area was destroyed by the civil war of the Meiji Restoration. Of these temples, Zuirin-jipin and Tenno-jipin are relatively prominent.
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pinAsakura Museum of Sculpture [朝倉彫塑館] link



Taito-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

9:30-16:30; 500yen; closed Mon*, Thu* & Dec 29-Jan 3

This is a museum which converted the residence and studio of sculptor Asakura Fumio built before WWII. Attached behind the Western-style studio building are Japanese-style buildings used as his residence. Its courtyard garden is beautiful as shown in the second photo but now it's forbidden to take pictures of it.
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5-min walk from JR Yamanote Line Nippori Station

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pinNezu Jinja Shrine [根津神社]



Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

Nezu Jinja is a Shinto shrine which still maintains a set of buildings constructed in the feudal times in the middle of Tokyo. During azalea season (mid-Apr - early May), the Tsusuji Maturi is held.
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5-min walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyda Line Nezu Station

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pinKyu-Yasuda-Kusuo-tei Garden 旧安田楠雄邸庭園


Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo Pref.MAP

10:30-16:00 of Wed & Sat; 500yen; Aug 10-19 & Dec 21-Jan 6 also closed

CLOSED Sep 2018-Oct 2019
Kyu-Yasuda-Kusuo-tei Garden is a house museum using a traditional-style residence constructed in 1923.
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7-min walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Sendagi Station
Kyu-Yasuda-Kusuo-tei Garden

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