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Discover old time Tokyo in the downtown districts of Taito ward.

Taito is a ward in Tokyo that is synonymous with tradition, and consequently, tourists. The magnificent temple of Senso-ji in Asakusa is Taito’s emblem, drawing daily crowds along the charmingly kitsch Nakamise-dori to its grand main hall for a classic “I’m in Japan!” picture. Neighbouring Ueno is a concentrated hive of museums, including the Tokyo National Museum, located inside the enormous Ueno Park just outside of the main station.

Sensoji Temple in Asakusa , Tokyo

Snap your ‘I’m in Japan’ selfie at Sensoji temple in Asakusa.

But beyond the well-documented attractions lies an enigmatic downtown district that whispers stories of wartime Tokyo. Taito’s narrow alleyways, crumbling buildings and retro signs were once the hub of Tokyo entertainment. Traces of the old neighbourhood of smoky cafes and plastic-seated izakaya (Japanese pubs), traditional markets and faded pachinko parlors remain, and you can easily find yourself stepping back in time simply by wandering around the area. Spend a while exploring Asakusa’s back streets for a glimpse into Tokyo’s dis-respectable past.

The Rokku entertainment district, to the west of Senso-ji temple, is lined with quick, dirty and delicious izakaya where it’s easy to make friends over a ginger high-ball.

Beneath the train tracks running from Ueno to Okachimachi station is Ameya-yokocho market, a maze of old-fashioned shopping streets that developed from a post-WWII black market. There are shops and market stands selling pretty much anything you can think of, and you’ll find several hole-in-the-wall izakaya populated by early morning drinkers.

Explore the former black market of the Ameya Yokocho in Ueno.

Explore the former black market of the Ameya Yokocho in Ueno.

The Yanesen area is just north of Ueno and comprises the neighborhoods of Nezu, Yanaka and Sendagi. Local craft shops abound, and it’s a great area for strolling around and stumbling on quaint cafes selling shitamachi specialities such as taiyaki (fish-shaped sweet pastries) and yakitori (grilled meat skewers).

How To Get There


Taito, Tokyo, Japan

Where To Stay

Hotel Livemax Ueno-Ekimae
  • 4-12-2 Higashiueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0015 Japan
  • ¥9,690 - ¥74,290
  • 3.8/5 (204 reviews)
  • 0.1 km
Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno
  • 3-19-7 Higashiueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0015 Japan
  • ¥23,220 - ¥37,200
  • 4.28/5 (1,545 reviews)
  • 0.2 km
Hotel MyStays Ueno Iriyaguchi
  • 5-5-13 Higashiueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0015 Japan
  • ¥10,800 - ¥16,700
  • 3.75/5 (886 reviews)
  • 0.2 km
Hotel MyStays Ueno East
  • 5-5-6 Higashiueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0015 Japan
  • ¥11,100 - ¥55,100
  • 3.78/5 (1,321 reviews)
  • 0.2 km
Hotel Resol Ueno
  • 7-2-9 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0005 Japan
  • ¥17,500 - ¥55,400
  • 4.78/5 (202 reviews)
  • 0.2 km

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