Have you heard about Taito Ward in Tokyo? One of the 23 wards of Tokyo, Taito has various unique neighbourhoods and areas, along with different things to do and sights to see. If you want to discover more about Taito ward, the different areas inside Taito, best things to do, history, accommodation and more, check out this ultimate Taito ward area guide. 

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What is Taito City Ward

Taito City Ward What is Taito City Ward

Taito City is the original Tokyo downtown area, where the oldest downtown was formed when Tokyo was still known as Edo (Tokyo’s old name). The name “Taito-ku” came into existence in 1947, after World War II, when the district was divided into Shimotani and Asakusa, both of which were formerly part of Tokyo City.

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Asakusa is an urban area that opened in front of two major old temples, Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, the oldest temple in Tokyo with over 1,370 years of history, and Kan-eiji Temple in Ueno, a temple meant to seal the demon’s gate. The fact that various artisans and people involved in the performing arts used to live in Asakusa lends to Asakusa’s history of postwar prosperity as a popular entertainment district.

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If you go further into the area around Senzoku, Nihonzutsumi, Imado, and Hashiba, which are called Oku-Asakusa, you will find a special bathhouse district that retains the vestiges of Yoshiwara Yugaku, a major entertainment district in Edo, which boasts over 400 years of history; Yamaya, one of the largest doyakai in Japan that flourished during the high-economic growth period; Hongyuji Temple, where Danzaemon’s grave is located; and a concentration of factories for the leather industry along the Sumida River. 

The area along the Sumida River where factories of the leather industry are concentrated can also be seen. All of these areas supported the Japanese economy of their times, but they never appeared on the world stage.

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On the other hand, the major shopping district centering on Ueno Station, the spiritual home of the Tohoku people who came to Tokyo, is a rare example of postwar Japan’s chaos condensed into a townscape that ranges from Ameyoko, a grasshopper market, to Higashi-Ueno Kimchi Yokocho, an old Korean town.

Living in Taito City Ward

Taito City Ward Living in Taito City Ward

The people called “chaki-chaki-no-Edokko” have been living in Taito-ku, the oldest downtown area in Tokyo. The word “chaki-chakki” was originally written in Chinese characters as “嫡 (嫡),” and only those who have lived in downtown Tokyo for three or more generations (and who are the eldest sons) can be called “chaki-chakki. 

The traditions of this area have been kept alive by the people who are the very best of the local people, but after the war, the people who left Taito Ward, which had become too cramped, and moved to the suburbs such as Sumida Ward and Katsushika Ward across the Sumida and Arakawa Rivers formed the “New Edokko Cultural Bloc”.

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Asakusa is also known as the “town of yakuza” because of its long history of chivalry in the Edo period. The fact that there is no end to the number of yakuza who stride on top of portable shrines at the Sanja Festival, exposing their gaudy tattoos all over their bodies while glaring at the police, must be due in part to their pride in the fact that Asakusa’s culture has been supported by yakuza for generations. If you like downtown and are not afraid of outlaws, you may enjoy living in Taito City.

Characteristics of Taito City Ward

Taito City Ward Characteristics of Taito City Ward

You will find that Taito ward is home to temples, traditional theatres, craftsmen’s workshops, and many other spots that symbolise “Tokyo. It is hard to decide where you should go sightseeing. 

Asakusa has a strong image as a sightseeing spot, and many people think they have seen everything in Asakusa, but this may not be the case. There are undiscovered attractions such as feeling the grandeur of the Thunder God and Wind God statues at Kaminarimon Gate, strolling through the back alleys, and enjoying a meal under the cherry blossom trees while looking at the Sumida River.

Taito City is located in the centre of Tokyo and is bordered by Arakawa Ward to the north, Sumida Ward to the east, Chuo Ward to the south, and Bunkyo and Chiyoda Wards to the west.

Since the Edo period, Taito City has developed as a tourist town with Ueno and Asakusa as its main tourist attractions.

Even today, Asakusa is visited not only by Japanese but also by foreigners, and the sightseeing is often reported in the media. As a result, Asakusa may have a strong downtown image, but in recent years it has become a commercial district and has an urban aspect as well.

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Convenience is another feature of Taito City. In particular, Ueno Station is known as the “Gateway to East Japan” and is one of the most famous terminal stations in Japan. The Tohoku Shinkansen, Joetsu Shinkansen, and Nagano Shinkansen are all accessible from the station. Conventional railways, JR, private railways, and subways also serve the station, making it very convenient to take any line.

Taito Ward is famous for large towns such as Asakusa and Ueno, but there are also many other popular places such as Iriya, Asakusabashi, and Kuramae that are bustling with people these days. There are many traditional shopping streets and supermarkets, as well as individual stores, so you can enjoy shopping in any style you like. Some areas may have an image of being a little unsafe, but in fact, they are not nearly as unsafe as other places in Tokyo.

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Many buildings create a nostalgic atmosphere, making it a good spot for photographs. The downtown atmosphere of the area is a place where any Japanese person would feel at home.

History of Taito City Ward

Taito City Ward History of Taito City Ward

In primitive times, most of the area was either submarine or marshland, but it is believed that earth and sand were transported to the Sumida River through the Tone and Ara Rivers during the Jomon Period, and the area was converted to land during the Yayoi Period.

Sensoji Temple, one of the symbols of the district, is the oldest temple in Tokyo and is said to have been built in 628.

In the early Edo period, the area was developed as a port city, and the Ueno district became the gateway to Kan-eiji Temple, while the area around Sensoji Temple became the busiest shopping area in Japan.

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During the Meiji Restoration, the shogunate’s Shogitai holed up in Ueno and clashed with the new government forces, and most of the Kan-eiji Temple’s pagodas, which had been a symbol of the area, were destroyed by fire.

Subsequently, art galleries, museums, and a zoo were built one after another, and the area came to serve as an area for advanced culture. In 1947, Asakusa and Shimotani wards merged to form Taito Ward. The word “Taito” comes from the high plateau of Ueno and Asakusa, which is located east of Ueno.

Areas in Taito City Ward

Along the JR Line

(1) Ueno 上野

Taito City Ward Ueno

Ueno Station used to be a terminus for night trains from Tohoku, giving it a special emotional attachment to the previous generation. 

There are many places to see such as Ameyoko where people selling fake brands are roaming around, underground food street for Chinese, Korean and Southeast Asian foreigners, Nakamachi-dori with many suspicious Korean agashi, Higashi-Ueno Kimchi Yokocho and Pachinko Village in postwar days, and so on.

(2) Okachimachi 御徒町

Taito City Ward Okachimachi

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A town of cheap goods shopping, which is a continuation of Ameyoko. The landmark Yoshiike has been renovated and invaded by UNIQLO. Here, you can also find Naka-Okachimachi, with purple buildings directly above Naka-Okachimachi station. There are many foreigners and old people with plastic bags from Takeya, the cheapest store in town. Recently, the area under the elevated railway tracks has been transformed into a chalet-style conscious mall, a sign of transformation.

(3) Uguisudani 鶯谷

Taito City Ward Uguisudani

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The most gloomy and suspicious scenery in front of the station along the Yamanote Line. The only thing to be seen in the area are love hotels and Japanese inns, but in the past, the area was known as “Kuretake no Negishi no Sato,” a place associated with Masaoka Shiki. 

The Yamanote side is an educational area close to Kan-eiji Temple and the Tokyo National Museum. Uenosakuragi is also a semi-luxury residential area connecting the Ueno and Yanaka areas.

(4) Asakusabashi 浅草橋

Taito City Ward Asakusabashi

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Tourists who do not know the geography of Tokyo often get off at this station, mistaking it for Asakusa. The Edo Street is lined with toy and doll wholesale stores, and old pre-war houses and warehouses line the elevated tracks of the Sobu Line. 

Yanagibashi, facing the Kanda River, used to be a red-light district, but the geiko association has disbanded. At night, the whole town becomes a bed for the homeless, who spend the night on the streets collecting cardboard boxes to make ends meet.

Akihabara 秋葉原

Taito City Ward Akihabara

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The area around the station and the electronics district is in Chiyoda Ward, but there is a district called Akihabara, Taito Ward. A recycling company that accepts cardboard boxes 24 hours a day is in operation. It may be a remnant of a former fruit and vegetable market, but even now it is a favorite spot for homeless people in the area to make a few coins.

Nippori 日暮里

Taito City Ward Nippori

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The gateway to Yanesen, a conscious downtown walking spot. This is the nearest station to Yanaka Ginza shopping street, Yanaka Cemetery, and some other areas in Yanaka, Taito Ward.

Subway Line and TX Line

(5) Inarimachi 稲荷町

Taito City Ward Inarimachi

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On the eastern edge of the Ueno area. The Butsudan (Buddhist altar) shop street along Asakusa-dori is a wonderful wight. The “Uenoshita Apartment,” a survivor of the Dojunkai Apartment that existed until a few years ago, has been demolished. The building at the entrance to the Ginza Subway Line is an antique, still in use as it was when it opened in 1927.

(6) Tawaramachi 田原町

Taito City Ward Tawaramachi

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On the western edge of the Asakusa area, and close to Kappabashi Togutsu-gai, Tawaramachi is a wholesale district for kitchen equipment and tableware. There are many small and medium-sized temples of the Higashi Honganji and Shinshu Otani sects, and a terrific back-alley zone of narrow row houses surrounded by temples still exists. It is also close to Nishi Asakusa, where the gay bar district is located.

(7) Asakusa 浅草

Taito City Ward Asakusa

This neighborhood is located in front of Sensoji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo, and the most popular tourist spot for foreign tourists. Roku-ku Street was the center of popular entertainment in the Showa period, and Hatsune Koji is famous for its wisteria trellises.

Along the Sumida River overlooking the Poop Building is a sleeping place for homeless people. The Asakusa underground shopping mall is also popular, and the smell of yakisoba noodles with sauce fills the air.

(8) Kuramae 蔵前

Taito City Ward Kuramae

This area received its name from the rice granaries which lined streets during the Edo period. Today, Kuramae is known for its population of young crafts-people and creatives. Affordable rent has allowed the area to grow into a hip, coffee-shop and eatery-lined space.

(9) Iriya 入谷

Taito City Ward Iriya

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Shigenji Temple is famous for the Kishimojin (goddess of childbirth) of Iriya. It is famous for its summer festival, Asagao Matsuri (Morning Glory Festival). The love hotel district of Uguisudani is also within walking distance. The pre-war poorhouse Shimogaya Mannencho was located around the current Kita-Ueno 1-chome and Higashi-Ueno 4-chome.

(10) Minowa 三ノ輪

Taito City Ward Minowa

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Famous for Jokanji Temple, a temple where prostitutes from the Yoshiwara brothels are laid to rest, the temple is located in Minami Senju, Arakawa Ward. The temple is located in Minami-Senju, Arakawa-ku. This is the nearest station to Yoshiwara if you are going on foot. The former Ryusenji-machi in Shimotani, now Ryusen in Taito Ward, is associated with Ichiyo Higuchi, the portrait on the 5,000-yen bill.

(11) Shin-Okachimachi 新御徒町

Taito City Ward Shin-Okachimachi

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Shin-Okachimachi  is a station on the Toei Oedo Line and Tsukuba Express, located on the eastern edge of Okachimachi. Satake Shopping Street, which is said to be the second oldest shopping street in Japan, is located here. After passing through there, you will find Taito Kojima Apartments, a high-rise metropolitan housing complex, and “Okazu Yokocho” in Torikoshi, an old-fashioned shopping street.

Other Areas

Yoshiwara 吉原

Taito City Ward Yoshiwara

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Yoshiwara is one of the most special bathhouse districts in Japan, originating from Yoshiwara Yugaku. This neighborhood is one of the most colourful districts in Japan, and has persevered for about 400 years since the days of the former Yoshiwara in what is now Nihonbashi Ningyocho. 

Even today, traces of the vivid history of the Yoshiwara era remain everywhere, and the causeway in front of the Yoshiwara Daimon gate is lined with long-established sakura pot shops and tempura shops.

Yamaya 山谷

Taito City Ward Yamaya

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The area is comprised of present-day Nihonzutsumi and Kiyokawa in Taito Ward. Yamaya is known as a “do-ya-machi,” or “doorya-gai,” an area of crowded simple lodging houses for day laborers that sprang up in the postwar period. The area has become a twin of Kamagasaki in Nishinari-ku, Osaka City, but many of the workers are now aged and live in welfare apartments and simple lodging houses while receiving public assistance. On the other hand, many of the simple lodging houses have been converted into guesthouses for foreign tourists.

What to do in Taito City Ward

Asakusa-jinja Shrine 浅草神社

Taito City Ward Asakusa-jinja Shrine

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This shrine is located adjacent to Sensoji Temple. It is said to have been built between the late Heian and Kamakura periods. The shrine enshrines the Hinokuma brothers, who discovered the Kannon statue, and its founder, Hajinomatsuchi no Mikoto.

Find out more about Asakusa-jinja Shrine here on Google maps.

Sensō-ji浅草寺

Taito City Ward Sensō-ji

The oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, it is visited by more than 30 million people every year from Japan and abroad. The landmark Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), the temple grounds, and the five-story pagoda are among the many highlights of the temple. The approach to the temple is known as “Nakamise-dori,” where visitors can enjoy retro food and drink.

Find out more about Sensō-ji here on Google maps.

Ueno Zoo 上野動物園

Taito City Ward Ueno Zoo

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The Ueno Zoo is located in Ueno Onshi Park in Taito-ku, Tokyo. Opened in 1882, it is the oldest zoo in Japan. The zoo is home to more than 500 species of animals, and is particularly famous for its giant pandas. Since the 1990s, the zoo has been improving its breeding environment, making it a place where visitors can observe animals in a more naturalistic state.

Find out more about Ueno Zoo here on Google maps.

Tokyo National Museum 東京国立博物館

Taito City Ward Tokyo National Museum

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The National Museum is located in Ueno Onshi Park. It was founded in 1872. It has six exhibition halls, including the main building, as well as an archive. The museum has a vast collection of over 116,000 items of oriental art and archaeological artifacts, mainly from Japan. The collection includes many national treasures and important cultural properties. Special exhibitions are held three to five times a year.

Find out more about Tokyo National Museum here on Google maps.

National Museum of Nature and Science 国立科学博物館

Taito City Ward National Museum of Nature and Science

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Established in 1877, this is one of Japan’s largest comprehensive science museums. Permanent exhibitions include the “Earth Pavilion,” which focuses on the history of life on Earth and the history of humanity, science and technology, the “Japan Pavilion,” which focuses on Japanese nature and the history of the Japanese people, and “Theater 360,” which displays a 360-degree video screen. Special exhibitions are held several times a year. On holidays, the museum is a popular spot with many people standing in line to visit.

Find out more about National Museum of Nature and Science here on Google maps.

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum 東京都美術館

Taito City Ward Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

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Located in Ueno Onshi Park in Taito-ku, Tokyo, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum was Japan’s first public art museum, and was opened in 1926 (Taisho 15). With the goal of being a “gateway to art” open to all, the museum holds a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, including special exhibitions introducing masterpieces from Japan and abroad, public exhibitions by art organizations, and collection exhibitions focusing on works of calligraphy. The museum also has a café where visitors can enjoy coffee and light meals, a restaurant boasting course meals, and a museum store.

Find out more about Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum here on Google maps.

Ueno Park 上野恩賜公園

Taito City Ward Ueno Park

In the Edo period, it was the precincts of Kan-eiji Temple on Toeizan. The park has been selected as one of the 100 best cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan, and is crowded with many cherry blossom-viewing visitors in spring. The famous statue of Takamori Saigo stands in the park, and cultural facilities such as the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Nature and Science, the National Museum of Western Art, and the Ueno Zoo are scattered throughout the park.

Find out more about Ueno Park here on Google maps.

National Museum of Western Art 国立西洋美術館

Taito City Ward National Museum of Western Art

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Located in Ueno Onshi Park in Taito-ku, Tokyo, this museum specialises in collecting and exhibiting Western art. The building, designed by French architect Le Corbusier and registered as a World Heritage Site in 2016, is one of the highlights of the museum. 

Based on the Matsukata Collection, the collection of industrialist Kojiro Matsukata, donated and returned by the French government, the museum’s permanent exhibits include Western paintings from the late Middle Ages to the early 20th century, such as Monet and Renoir, and modern French sculpture. Special exhibitions are held several times a year.

Find out more about National Museum of Western Art here on Google maps.

Asakusa Hanayashiki 浅草花やしき

Taito City Ward Asakusa Hanayashiki

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Asakusa Hanayashiki is located on the west side of Sensoji Temple. It opened in 1853 as a flower garden and is said to be the first amusement park in Japan. The park has a retro atmosphere that can only be created by the long history of Hanayashiki. 

The popular “Space Shot” is the strongest and fastest attraction in the history of Hanayashiki. From the top, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Asakusa. It is a popular leisure spot for families and couples alike.

Find out more about Asakusa Hanayashiki here on Google maps.

The Ueno Royal Museum 上野の森美術館

Taito City Ward The Ueno Royal Museum

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The Ueno Royal Museum is located in Ueno Park. Since its opening in April 1972, the museum has introduced and exhibited art works of various genres. The museum does not have a permanent collection, but holds original exhibitions on a regular basis. The museum has also added an annex gallery on the first floor where small exhibitions can be held. The museum also offers an art school, with a wide range of course levels from beginner to expert.

Find out more about The Ueno Royal Museum here on Google maps.

Asakusa Engei Hall 浅草演芸ホール

Taito City Ward Asakusa Engei Hall

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Asakusa Engei Hall offers rakugo performances year-round. In addition to rakugo, there are also programs such as manzai, comedy, magic, and impersonation. Since its opening in 1964, the theater has gained popularity as a hall of laughter and is famous for having produced Kinichi Hagimoto, Beat Takeshi, Kiyoshi Atsumi, and others. 

The theater is divided into daytime and nighttime sections, but since there is no changeover system, visitors can enjoy the show all day long. There is a store selling box lunches, drinks, and goods. Tickets are only available on the day of the performance.

Find out more about Asakusa Engei Hall here on Google maps.

Ueno Tosho-gu 上野東照宮

Taito City Ward Ueno Tosho-gu

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Ueno Tosho-gu was built in 1627 to worship Tokugawa Ieyasu. Yoshimune Tokugawa and Yoshinobu Tokugawa are also worshipped at the shrine. It is located in Ueno Onshi Park. Since its reconstruction in 1651, the shrine has been spared from loss due to natural disasters and war, and is a rare spot where visitors can see up close the authentic Edo architecture that retains the appearance of those days. 

The shrine pavilion, also called “Konjikonden” (Golden Hall), is a gorgeous structure with gold leaf. The Botan Garden on the grounds of the shrine is famous for the Botan Festival held in spring.

Find out more about Ueno Tosho-gu here on Google maps.

Suzumoto entertainment hall 鈴本演芸場

Taito City Ward Suzumoto entertainment hall

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About 5 minutes walk from the North Exit of JR Okachimachi Station. This rakugo performance hall in Ueno has been in operation for more than 150 years. In addition to Rakugo, the theater offers a wide variety of programs such as manzai and acrobatics. 

The program changes every 10 days, and special performances are held on the 31st of every month. Doors open at 12:00 pm for the daytime performance and at 5:00 pm for the evening performance. Food and drink are allowed during the performance, so you can buy a box lunch at the store and enjoy the performance while eating.

Find out more about Suzumoto entertainment hall here on Google maps.

Kaneiji寛永寺

Taito City Ward Kaneiji

Kan’eiji Temple was founded in 1625 by the great priest Tenkai. The temple originally had a vast site centering on the current Ueno Park area, but during the Boshin War, the Shogitai, an army of the former shogunate, holed up in the temple grounds, and the temple was the scene of the so-called “Ueno War,” in which most of the temple buildings were destroyed by fire. In addition, the land was confiscated during the Meiji period. 

The temple is also one of the family temples of the Tokugawa family, and six shoguns are buried in the mausoleum of the successive Tokugawa shoguns on the temple grounds.

Find out more about Kaneiji here on Google maps.

Matsuzakaya Ueno Store 松坂屋 上野店

Taito City Ward Matsuzakaya Ueno Store

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Okachimachi is a general merchandise store located in “2k540 AKIOKA ARTISAN”. Products made by craftsmen from all over Japan are gathered here. The themes are “Nippon no monozukuri” (Japanese craftsmanship) and “suguramono. 

The store offers a wide selection of Japanese specialties, Japanese-style sundries, souvenirs, and food products that are excellent, beautiful, fun, and seasonal. The store also invites makers to participate in events such as in-store sales demonstrations, hands-on experiences, and workshops.

Find out more about Matsuzakaya Ueno Store here on Google maps.

Himitsudōひみつ堂

Taito City Ward Himitsudō

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Himitsudō is a famous shaved ice store and it used to be a food cart when it was founded. It is located in Yanaka, a traditional downtown area. The shaved ice is manually shaved in the old fashioned way, but it is made with natural water slowly grown in the natural cold, and the shaved ice is made with the juice of the ingredients instead of syrup. The shaved ice is served with a straw so that customers can drink it after it has melted to a juice-like consistency. The shaved ice is so popular that numbered tickets are distributed during busy times.

Find out more about Himitsudō here on Google maps.

Imado Shrine 今戸神社

Taito City Ward Imado Shrine

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Imado Shrine in Taito Ward is known as the birthplace of beckoning cats. The shrine is said to have originated in 1063, when Minamoto no Yoriyoshi and Minamoto no Yoshiie, on the occasion of their defeat of the Oshu region of Japan, offered the Ishimizu Hachiman Shrine in Kyoto to the people of Imado. 

There are various theories as to the origin of the beckoning cat, but it is said to have its roots in the Imado-yaki pottery that has been fired in Imado since the 16th century. There are many items related to Imado pottery on the shrine grounds, such as a monument to the birthplace of Imado pottery and a “nade-neko” (beckoning cat). 

The shrine is a popular destination for women worshippers as a shrine of match-making, and also for history buffs as the place where Shinsengumi member Soji Okita ended his career.

Find out more about Imado Shrine here on Google maps.

Nakamise Shopping Street 仲見世商店街

Taito City Ward Nakamise Shopping Street

Nakamise-dori is one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan, stretching 250 meters from Kaminarimon to Sensoji Temple. It is lined with stores that offer a taste of downtown Japan, from famous Tokyo sweets such as kibidango (sweet dumplings), kushidango (skewered dumplings), ningyoyaki (doll pancakes), and thunder mash, to souvenirs for foreign visitors. The beautifully uniformly decorated electric signs are also a must-see.

Find out more about Nakamise Shopping Street here on Google maps.

Ono Terusaki shrine 小野照崎神社

Taito City Ward Ono Terusaki shrine

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Ono Terasaki Shrine was built in Ueno in 852 as a shrine dedicated to Ono Takamura, a representative poet and scholar of the Heian period. The shrine was later moved to its current location, and in the late Edo period, Sugawara no Michizane was also enshrined. The shrine is said to have divine virtues in the performing arts as well as academics.

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Sumida Park 台東区立 隅田公園

Taito City Ward Sumida Park

Sumida Park is located a 5-minute walk from Asakusa Station. The park is located along the Sumida River, and its main feature is that it stretches long from north to south. There are many historical sites on the grounds that are associated with haiku poets such as Masaoka Shiki and the Meiji Emperor, as well as a Japanese garden that utilizes a pond that once existed in the Mito Tokugawa Residence. 

The area is also known for its cherry blossoms, and a cherry blossom festival is held every year in March. The area also hosts events such as Asakusa Yabusame horseback archery and the Sumida River Fireworks Festival. Currently, the area is also popular as a great spot to view the Tokyo Sky Tree, which can be enjoyed at night when the Sakura Bridge is illuminated.

Find out more about Sumida Park here on Google maps.

Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens 旧岩崎邸庭園

Taito City Ward Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens

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Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens  is a metropolitan garden located in Taito-ku, Tokyo. The garden is a former residence of the Iwasaki family of Mitsubishi Zaibatsu, and is designated as a National Important Cultural Property. 

The Japanese-style building is based on the shoin-style architecture, while the Western-style building is decorated in the 17th-century English Jacobean style. The skillful balance of these two styles had a great influence on later Japanese architecture.

Accommodation in Taito City Ward

Mimaru Tokyo Ueno East (4*)

The property is 1.5 km from Gate of Former Residence of Koda Rohan, 1.5 km from Front gate of Honobo In Kanei-ji Temple and 1.7 km from Shunsho-in Temple. The property is 8 km from the city centre and 1.8 km from Tozen-in Temple. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Ryukoku-ji Temple, Genryu-in Temple and Ecute Ueno Shopping Mall. 

Prostyle Ryokan Tokyo Asakusa (4*)

Featuring a bar, shared lounge and views of the river, PROSTYLE RYOKAN TOKYO ASAKUSA is located in Tokyo, 200 m from Great Tokyo Air Raid Memorial Monument. Popular points of interest near PROSTYLE RYOKAN TOKYO ASAKUSA include Honryuin Matsuchiyama Shoden, Ushijima Shrine and Ekimise Asakusa. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 29 km from the hotel.

Ryokan Asakusa Shigetsu (3*) 

Situated in the Asakusa area, Ryokan Asakusa Shigetsu has a history of 80 years. The accommodation boasts a view of the Tokyo Skytree from its Hinoki wood bath, a colourful breakfast and rice cooked in a rice cooking cauldron. Ryokan Asakusa Shigetsu is situated a 5-minute walk from Asakusa Subway Station, near Nakamise-dori Street and Senso-ji Temple. Asakusa Subway Station provides direct access to Ueno, Shibuya and Ginza areas

Agora Place Tokyo Asakusa (3*) 

Just 10 minutes’ walk from the Senso-ji Temple, Agora Place Tokyo Asakusa offers modern air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. Friendly staff can give local information. Agora Place Tokyo Asakusa is 2 minutes’ walk from Tawaramachi Station, and a 10-minute train ride from the popular Akihabara electronics area. Narita International Airport and Haneda Airport are both about a 1-hour train ride away.

Hotel SAILS (3*) 

Conveniently located in the Taito district of Tokyo, Hotel SAILS is 400 m from Ichiyo Memorial Museum, 600 m from Jokanji Temple and 1.3 km from Asakusa Fujiasama Shrine. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Sunpearl Arakawa, Susano Shrine and Arakawa Furusato Bunkakan. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 32 km from Hotel SAILS.

Hotel KOH Asakusa (4*) 

Ideally situated in the Taito district of Tokyo, Hotel KOH Asakusa is situated 80 m from Honryuin Matsuchiyama Shoden, 200 m from Sanyabori Park and 200 m from Chokoin Temple. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Great Tokyo Air Raid Memorial Monument, Honryuji Temple and Imado Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 18 km from Hotel KOH Asakusa.

 Little Japan (1*) 

Situated a 7-minute stroll from Asakusabashi Station on the Chuo-Sobu Line and Toei Asakusa Line, Little Japan features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Asakusabashi Station provides direct access to Haneda and Narita international airports. Tokyo Station is also only a 10-minute train ride away. Akihabara, Asakusa and Ryogoku train stations are all within a 2-minute train ride. Shibuya, Shinjuku and Roppongi train stations are all within a 30-minute train ride.

Noah Hostel Tokyo (2*) 

Ideally located in the Taito district of Tokyo, NOAH HOSTEL TOKYO is 700 m from Convention Room AP Akihabara, 800 m from Kamiizumi Inari Shrine and 1 km from Choen-ji Temple. Popular points of interest near NOAH HOSTEL TOKYO include Akihabara Neribei Park, The Shitaya Shrine and Matsuzakaya Ueno. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 29 km from the accommodation.

plat hostel keikyu minowa forest (2*) 

Conveniently set in the Taito district of Tokyo, plat hostel keikyu minowa forest is located 200 m from Ichiyo Memorial Museum, 700 m from Jokanji Temple and 1.1 km from Asakusa Fujiasama Shrine. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Edo Taito Traditional Crafts Centre, Kinryu Park and Sunpearl Arakawa.

What do you think about Taito Ward in Tokyo? Do you like finding out about the history and culture of this interesting area of Tokyo? There is so much history and unique things to do in this local neighbourhood of Tokyo, if you’re interested in coming for yourself, make sure to refer back to this blog.