Asakusa: Off-The-Beaten-Path Spots

Best Hidden Gems in Asakusa

Asakusa, which is famous for Kaminarimon Gate and Sensoji Temple, is one of the most popular tourist spots in Tokyo. But, that is not it. There are many attractive streets except the main street called Nakamise Shopping Street from the gate to the temple. Most of tourists don’t recognize the off-the-beaten-path streets since they take the same route from Kaminarimon Gate to Sensoji Temple. Here are cool hidden spots on the historical Denboin Street in Asakusa.

At first, pass through the Kaminarimon Gate and walk along the Nakamise Shopping Street. Of course, you can enjoy shopping on the street at first.

And then, if you face a cross road and can see the SKYTREE on your right, you will see a red gate on your left. Turn left and pass the gate. That is another attractive street called Denboin Street.

The cross road point and on SKYTREE on your right

The gate on your left

Denboin Street (伝法院通り)

When you start walking on the street, you will find a lot of tiny shops which sell Japanese traditional items such as Japanese sandles, SAMURAI sword.


They provide minced pork cutlet, and people sometimes wait in a queue for that tasty food. But you can get it immediately if you have a little luck.

Business hour: 10:00–19:00 (everyday)
Address: 2–3–3 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo


Ramen is available just for JPY330 here. In addition to the Ramen, steamed meat dumpling and wonton are popular menu.


Business hour: 10:30–20:30 (Weekdays)/9:00–20:00 (Weekends)
Address: 1–39–9 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111–0032

Rickshaw (Jinrikisha 人力車)

You may find rickshaw and the staff, and they take you around there (e.g. to Tokyo SKYTREE Town.) That will be your greatest experience in Japan.


Why don’t you drink a beer outside in the daytime? The Daikatsu is Japanese style pub “Izakaya”, and there are many seats outside. The snacks and tapas go well with beers and Hoppy, which tastes like a beer but is one of distilled spirits. Not HAPPY but HOPPY will make you happy!

Business hour: 11:00–23:00(Mon-Sat EXCEPT Wednesday)/9:30–23:00 (Sunday)
Address: 2–5–13 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo


This is a cafe where you can rest and have melon bread (melon-flavored bread) and desserts. This melon bread is so famous since they sell 3,000 per a day, and you can’t buy it after sold out. Personally, I can get it around 2 pm. But it is recommended to visit here by noon.

Business hour: open from 9:00 and until the Melon bread is sold out (everyday)
Address: 2–7–13 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

In fact, you can get directly to the cafe from the Sensoji Temple. Just turn left at the far end. You will face Nishi-sando Shopping Street, and it is located at the entrance of the street. So it will be good choice to get there after seeing the temple.

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