Japan Train Stations: Asakusa Station 浅草駅
Asakusa is accessed by four different train lines: the Ginza Subway Line, Asakusa Subway Line, Tobu Skytree Line, and Tsukuba Express Line.
Each train line has its own "Asakusa" station: a total of four, making for potential confusion, especially since only three of them are connected to each other. The following explanation takes the famous Kaminarimon Gate of Sensoji Temple as Asakusa's center point.
Asakusa Station on the Ginza Line (Orange)
-The Tokyo Metro Ginza Line's Asakusa Subway Station is the most central, its Exit 1 being only 60 meters from Kaminarimon. This "Asakusa" station is located on the intersection of Edo-dori and Kototoi-dori.
This is the terminal station of the Ginza Subway Line.
Asakusa Station on the Tobu Skytree Line (Blue)
-The Tobu Skytree Line's Asakusa Station is the most easily identifiable, as it is on the second floor of the Matsuya Ekimise department store. The Tobu Line station is right beside the Ginza Line station, just north of it, and the Ginza Line station's Exits 7 and 8 connect to it.
The Tobu Skytree Line is named after the most famous feature on the line, the Tokyo Skytree, and extends north to Tobu Nikko Station in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture. Tobu Skytree Line Asakusa Station is the most convenient railway station for visitors to Tokyo to begin their journey to see the Tokyo Skytree, the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu in Nikko and onward to Lake Chuzenji and the Kegon Falls as well as the Kirifuri Highland and Kawaji Onsen area.
This is the terminal station of the Tobu Skytree Line.
Asakusa Station on the Asakusa Line (Pink)
-The Asakusa Line's Asakusa Subway Station is two blocks south of the Ginza Line station, on the intersection of Edo-dori and Asakusa-dori, but connects to the Ginza Line station without having to exit above ground.
The station south of it is Kuramae, the station east of it is Honjo-Azumabashi..
The above three Ginza Line, Tobu Line and Asakusa Line stations are all interconnected underground.
Asakusa Station on the Tsukuba Express Line (Navy)
The Tsukuba Express Line's Asakusa station is the least central, located 500 meters from Kaminarimon, but on the opposite (i.e., western) side of Asakusa from the other three stations. The Tsukuba Express Line Asakusa station connects Asakusa to Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture
The station south-west of it is Shin-Okachimachi, the station north of it is Minami-Senju.
Japan's first subway line was constructed from Ueno Station to Asakusa in 1927.
The Asakusa Station area retains its 'shitamachi' (old city) feel and is a good place for shopping for traditional Japanese arts and crafts. The Ekimise shopping mall is housed in the same building as Asakusa Station on the Tobu Skytree Line.
Hotels Near Asakusa Station
The Asakusa area is a good place to base yourself on any stay in Tokyo. Choose from a number of good value accommodations in Asakusa including the The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon by Hulic, the Richmond Hotel Asakusa, the Ryokan Asakusa Shigetsu and the Asakusa Central Hotel.
See here for a full listing of hotel accommodation in the Asakusa Station area including five-star hotels to budget lodgings.
The Asakusa area has a number of cheap dormitory-style guest houses set up for foreign back-packers.