EXPLORE TOKYO BY USING COMMON ONE-DAY TICKET
This post is related to pervious post, “Transportation Network in Tokyo : How to Explore Tokyo Using Train and Subway (Part 1)”. As I ever wrote then, with Common One-Day Pass you can ride train in Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway in one day. This ticket is available at ticket machines at Toei Subway or Tokyo Metro stations. It can be purchased on the day of the use. It costs JPY 1.000 for adult and JPY 500 for child.
- Tokyo Metro (private company) has nine lines, consist of Ginza Line, Tozai Line, Hanzomon Line, Marunouchi Line, Chiyoda Line, Namboku Line, Hibiya Line, Yurakucho Line, and Fukotoshin Line.
- Toei Subway runs four lines, there are Toei Asakusa Line, Toei Shinjuku Line, Toei Mita Line, and Toei Oedo Line.
I assume on the previous day, you had visited interesting places which is integrated in JR Yamanote Line (using Tokunai Pass). Then this time, it’s your opportunity to explore Tokyo by Toei Subway Line and Tokyo Metro Line. I will inform you which the effective route of Common One-Day Ticket. Let’s get started.
1. GINZA STATION
Ginza Yonchome Intersection
At the intersection of Chuo-Dori Street and Harumi-Dori Street, there are symbolic architectures of Gizna, including Mitsukoshi Department Store and Wako Clock Tower. This spot is the perfect place to start a Ginza walk.
Ginza Shopping District
This is an area lined with luxury brand stores such as Chanel, Gucci, Bvlgari, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Armani, Dior, Hermes, and many more (you name it). There are fashion stores for middle segmentation, such as Uniqlo and Zara, as well as other shops.
From Yonchome Intersection (Mitsukoshi Department Store), walk southwest for about 400 meters to reach Kabukiza area. At Kabukiza, there are Kabukiza Theater and Kabukiza Tower. Kabukiza Theater is the only Kabuki theater in the world. Kabukiza Tower is an office tower that emphasizes traditional Japanese aesthetic. Still at Kabukiza Tower, tourists are allowed to experience the world of Kabuki even on days without performances.
2. NIHOMBASHI STATION
Take train on Ginza Line to Nihombashi Station, which is just two stops away from Ginza Station. The best way to explore Nihombashi is by walking tour. Let’s start from Fukutoku Shrine. This shrine was established more than 1.000 years ago (it’s very impressive, isn’t it?). They said Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu also visited this shrine. It has been famous as an Inari shrine which blesses prosperous business.
Picture Scroll of Kidai Soran Underground Passage in Mitsukoshimae Station
This place could be reached by walking south from Fukutoku Shrine for two minutes. The elaborately drawn picture scrolls depicting the Nihombashi area from 200 years ago can be seen at the underground passage below the main Mitsukoshi store in Nihombashi.
This bridge is the icon of Nihombashi, was built in 1603 under Edo era. The bridge could be reached after walking south for about 3 minutes from Mitsukoshimae Station.
Jan Joosten Monument
Continue your walking tour to east for about 10 minutes, then you’ll see this Jan Joosten Monument. This monument is dedicated to the Dutch sailor Jan Joosten, who came to Japan in year 1600 and gave his name to Yaesu area.
3. ASAKUSA STATION
Take train on Asakusa Line to Asakusa Station, it’s five stops away from Nihombashi Station. First thing to do in Asakusa is visit Sensoji Temple. This is the oldest temple in Tokyo, was built in 628. It’s famous for its main Kaminarimon Gate, where a giant lantern hangs. There are many events held here, such as Chinese Lantern Plant Fair and the “Osame no Kannon Festival.
Nakamise Shopping Street
This street starts from Kaminarimon Gate to the Hozomon Gate, which is 250 meters long. Between those two gates are lined with about 90 stores dating from Edo area.
Walk east from Nakamise Shopping Street will bring you to Denbouin Street. This street, which runs 200 meters from east to west, is filled with culture of Edo. Downtown souvenirs such as Japanese accessories and skillfully made crafts can be found here.
4. TOKYO SKYTREE STATION / OSHIAGE STATION
From Asakusa Station, take train in Asakusa Line then get off at Oshiage Station (it’s just two station saway from Asakusa Station), then walk to the west for about 300 meters to reach Tokyo Skytree. There’s a direct train line to Tokyo Skytree Station via Tobu Skytree Line but it’s not covered in Common One-Day Ticket Pass. Or, you can simply walk from Asakusa to Tokyo Station for about 1,5 kilometers. Tokyo Skytree is the tallest broadcasting tower in the world with 634 meters height. A view of entire Kanto region including Mount Fuji on clear blue sky can be enjoyed from the two observation decks located 350 meters and 450 meters above the ground. When in Tokyo Skytree, you can visit Sumida Aquarium and Tokyo Solamachi (many shops can be found here: fashion, tourism, and eating needs). Inside the tower are also official shops, cafés, and restaurants.
Just walk to northeast along the Sumidagawa River for about 600 meters from Tokyo Skytree, then you’ll arrive at Sumida Park. This park is one the best parks to enjoy Cherry Blossoms. In spring, it is famous for its grand view of cherry trees in a line that spreads over 1 kilometer. And also in summer, the Sumida River Fireworks Festival is held here.
5. KAMIYACHO STATION (TOKYO TOWER)
After visiting a lot of places in Toei Subway and Tokyo Metro line, going north from Ginza to Tokyo Skytree, the sky may get darkened, it’s time go back to the south. One of the best option to enjoy your evening is visit Tokyo Tower, which is located at south of Kamiyacho Station. From Tokyo Skytree, simply go back to Oshiage Station, then take train in Asakusa Line, change train to Hibiya Line at Higashi-ginza Station, get off at Kamiyacho Station. From there, Tokyo Tower could be reached within 10 minutes walk or 700 meters to the south. Tokyo Tower is a broadcasting tower (333 meters high). You can enjoy the entire city of Tokyo from the 150 m high observatory and the 250 m special observatory. The tower becomes a dazzling sight at night when it is lit up.
It’s all wrapped up! In one ticket – Common One Day Ticket Pass – you can do sightseeing activities in some interesting places in Tokyo. This is just one of itinerary suggestion from me. By understanding the transportation network in Tokyo, you can create your plan and choose the route that comfortable for you. May this article lighten your mind and make your hesitation disappear.