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The 10 Best Things to See and Do in Taito, Tokyo

Senso-ji in Asakusa, Taito Ward | © IQRemix/Flickr
Senso-ji in Asakusa, Taito Ward | © IQRemix/Flickr
The smallest of Tokyo’s wards, Taito manages to pack a lot between its borders. We’ve rounded up the top things to see and do in the area.

Kyu-Iwasaki-Tei Garden

Botanical Garden, Natural Feature, Park
Kyu-Iwasaki-Tei Mansion
Kyu-Iwasaki-Tei Mansion | © Sébastien Bertrand/Flickr
Not far from Yushima Station is Kyu-Iwasaki-Tei Garden. These grounds once belonged to the Echigo Takada Clan during the Edo Period, but were later bought by Yataro Iwasaki, son of the founder of Mitsubishi. The estate is now home to an impressive Western style mansion built in the early 1900s and several examples of traditional Japanese architecture, which have since been declared Important Cultural Assets by the Japanese government.
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Tokyo National Museum

Museum, Park
Tokyo National Museum Main Hall in Ueno Park
Tokyo National Museum Main Hall in Ueno Park | © Ian Muttoo/Flickr
Also located in Ueno Park is the Tokyo National Museum, the oldest government funded museum in Japan. This impressive museum is not only Japan’s oldest and largest, but one of the biggest art museums in the world. It’s composed of several halls located mainly in the north end of Ueno Park.
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Yanaka Ginza

Market, Architectural Landmark
Yanaka Ginza is lined with shops, restaurants and food stalls
Yanaka Ginza is lined with shops, restaurants and food stalls | © Boaz Rottem / Alamy Stock Photo
Yanaka Ginza is an old fashioned shopping street in the Shitamachi (lower city) style. The large steps leading down the street have been featured in films and television. Yanaka Ginza along with Yanaka Cemetery are also famous for their large population of friendly stray cats.
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Senso-ji

Asakusa’s iconic temple, Senso-ji, is one of Taito Ward’s most popular attractions. Kaminarimon, the bright red gate and bell off Kaminarimon-dori, mark the entrance to Senso-ji’s temple shopping street, Nakamise-dori. The area’s historic charm make it a popular place for visitors to try out traditional Japanese garb at one of the local rental shops.

Senso-ji in Asakusa © IQRemix/Flickr

Sumida Riverside Park

If you want to take in the sights and sounds of Sumida River, Sumida Riverside Park is the perfect vantage point. During the day, the winding tracks are popular with joggers. In the evenings, the brightly lit Tokyo Skytree is visible across the river.

Shitamachi Museum

Museum
Goods for sale inside the Shitamachi Museum
Goods for sale inside the Shitamachi Museum | © Daderot/WikiCommons
Don’t miss the Shitamachi Museum, a museum showcasing Tokyo’s old Shitamachi culture. Shitamachi or lower city was used historically to describe the low areas of Tokyo where the common folk lived. Preserved evidence of the Shitamachi can still be found in small pockets throughout those areas.
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