Matsimitsu

Day Eight

SKYTREE, Asakusa, Ueno, Akihabara


After a good nights rest we headed to one of the most popular attractions in Tokyo, the SKYTREE. We had to wait for over an hour to get tickets, but it's worth it!

Tokyo Skytree View from the Tokyo Skytree
View from the Tokyo Skytree

The views from the tower are amazing and well worth the (sometimes) long wait for tickets. On a windy day you can feel the tower sway.

View from the Tokyo Skytree View from the Tokyo Skytree
View from the Tokyo Skytree
View from the Tokyo Skytree View from the Tokyo Skytree

On a windy day you can feel the tower sway.

View from the Tokyo Skytree
View from the Tokyo Skytree Kid playing with a dinosaur in the Tokyo Skytree

After we got down from the SkyTree we took the subway to Asakusa where we visited the Sensō-ji temple.

Railway bridge in Tokyo Office building in Tokyo
Train in Tokyo Tokyo Skytree

Sensō-ji temple in Asakusa

Probably the most famous temple of Tokyo, you know the one you see in all the photos that's in Asakusa.

Asakusa Shrine
Asakusa Shrine Asakusa Shrine

If you start at the "correct" (east) side, a long street flanked by shops selling delicious food leads up to the temple.

Vendors selling bento's near the Asakusa Shrine

At the end you'll find the temple/shrine complex where it's usally quite busy.

Asakusa Shrine

Before you pray, you have to purify yourself by bathing in incense.

Asakusa Shrine
People burning incense near the Asakusa Shrine People burning incense near the Asakusa Shrine

After the purification you can continue

Asakusa Shrine Asakusa Shrine Asakusa Shrine

Around the side there are more buildings where you can buy various goods for prayers.

Asakusa Shrine
Asakusa Shrine Asakusa Shrine

After the temple it was time to make our way to Ueno with the subway.

It took us a good 20 minutes to get the right subway card (PASMO), but it was worth it! Together with our RailPass we're able to take any train/subway in Tokyo. This time it's to Ueno.

Tsukuba Express in Tokyo Tokyo metro train

Ueno

Ueno is home to a huge park right next to Ueno Station, one of the bigger railway stations in Tokyo. The park houses the Ueno zoo, and several shrines, a lake and a park to wander around.

Tokyo streetscape near Ueno station

Video of Ueno Station

Shinobazuno Pond Shinobazuno Pond shrine

This is also where we found our first iconic red Tori gates.

Ueno park Ueno park Tori gates Ueno park Tori gates
Ueno park shrine/house Ueno park shrine/house
Ueno park shrine

Akihabara

After some Starbucks coffee it was early in the evening. A perfect time to visit the Anime and video games hotspot of Akihabara.

Here we spent pretty much the entire evening in one of the SEGA buildings playing Initial D, Operation GHOST, Daytona and many other games.

Akihabara Sega game tower in Akihabara

The music blasting from the various gaming arcades is deafening and there's blinky lights everywhere, perfect to end the day.

Mariokart videogame in Sega game tower in Akihabara Videogames in Sega game tower in Akihabara
Akihabara