(浅草) is the center of Tokyo's
shitamachi (literally "low city"), one of Tokyo's districts, where an atmosphere
of the Tokyo of past decades survives.
Asakusa's main attraction is Sensoji, a very popular Buddhist temple, built in the 7th century. The temple is approached via the Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries.
Asakusa can easily be explored on foot. Alternatively, you can consider a guided tour on a rickshaw (jinrikisha, literally "man powered vehicle"). A 30 minute tour for two persons costs around 9000 yen. Shorter and longer courses are also available. For more information...
The Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) is a television broadcasting tower and landmark of Tokyo. It is the centerpiece of the Tokyo Skytree Town in the Sumida City Ward, not far away from Asakusa. With a height of 634 meters (634 can be read as "Musashi", a historic name of the Tokyo Region), it is the tallest structure in Japan and the second tallest in the world at the time of its completion. A large shopping complex with aquarium is located at its base. The highlight of the Tokyo Skytree is its two observation decks which offer spectacular views out over Tokyo. The two enclosed decks are located at heights of 350 and 450 meters respectively, making them the highest observation decks in Japan and some of the highest in the world. For more information...
Standing 333 meters high in the center of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) is the world's tallest, self-supported steel tower and 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. A symbol of Japan's post-war rebirth as a major economic power, Tokyo Tower was the country's tallest structure from its completion in 1958 until 2012 when it was surpassed by the Tokyo Skytree. In addition to being a popular tourist spot, Tokyo Tower serves as a broadcast antenna.
tower's main deck at 150
meters is reached via elevator or a 600-step staircase (both paid). Thanks to
the tower's central location, the observatory offers an interesting view of the
city despite being only at a relatively moderate height. There are also some
"lookdown windows" in the floor to stand on, a souvenir shop and a cafe where
visitors can enjoy refreshments.
A second set of elevators connect the main deck to the 250 meter high top deck, from where you can get a bird's eye view of Tokyo from high above the surrounding buildings. It is the third highest observation deck in Tokyo (after the two decks at the Tokyo Skytree). When visibility is good, visitors can see the Tokyo Skytree and Mount Fuji in the distance. For more information... (Official website)
Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station (富士スバルライン五合目, Fuji Subaru Line Gogōme, also known
as Yoshidaguchi 5th Station or Kawaguchiko 5th Station) lies at approximately
the halfway point of the Yoshida Trail, which leads from Fujiyoshida
Sengen Shrine at the mountain's base to the summit of Mount
Fuji. It is the most popular of the four 5th stations on Mount Fuji and the
best developed and easiest to access by public transportation from Tokyo.
The Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station is accessible almost year round, snow
conditions permitting, and is a popular sightseeing spot even outside of the
The station is reached by the Subaru Line, a scenic toll road up Mount Fuji's lower northern slopes, that begins in Kawaguchiko Town. The toll road costs 2100 yen and may temporarily get partially closed in winter in times of heavy snow. Furthermore, the road is closed to private vehicles during the majority of the climbing season (July 10 to September 10), during which shuttle buses operate between designated parking lots at the base of the mountain and the 5th station. For more information...
Hakkai (忍野八海) is a touristy set of eight ponds in Oshino, a small village in
Five Lake region, located between Lake
Kawaguchiko and Lake
Yamanakako on the site of a former sixth lake that dried out several hundred
years ago. The eight ponds are fed by snow melt from the slopes of nearby Mount
Fuji that filters down the mountain through porous layers of lava for over
80 years, resulting in very clear spring water that is revered by the locals.
Next to one pond, visitors can drink the cool water straight from the source. The ponds are quite deep and have interesting freshwater plant life and large fish that make a visit to the ponds almost like visiting an aquarium. Although the ponds have been developed into tourist attractions and can become quite crowded with visitors, they have a pleasant atmosphere as long as you do not expect untouched nature. For more information...
Shiraito Falls (白糸の滝, Shiraito no Taki) are located in the
southwestern foothills of Mount
Fuji. Ranked among the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan, the 150 meter
wide cascade is fed by the volcano's spring water and flows off the edge of a 20
meter high cliff in thin white streams that resemble hanging threads of silk -
hence its name. The base of the waterfall is easily accessible from the road via
a walking trail in just a few minutes.
Several souvenir shops line the trail that leads down to the falls. Along the way, there are nice views of Otodome Falls, another thundering, 25 meter high column of water. The area is at its best in summer when the waterfalls are flush with the winter snow melt from Mount Fuji and the green foliage is at its fullest, and during the autumn season (usually from mid to late November) when the leaves change. For more information...
Sengen Shrine (富士山本宮浅間大社, Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha) is located in Fujinomiya
City in the southwestern foothills of Mount
Fuji. Originally built over 1000 years ago for the protection from volcanic
eruptions, it has become the region's most important shrine and the head shrine
of over 1300 Sengen and Asama shrines nationwide. The shrine is
also a traditional starting point for climbing
In the past, Fujisan Sengen Shrine was one of the largest and grandest shrines of the day. The current buildings were constructed by Tokugawa Ieyasu in the early 1600s, however many of the original structures were destroyed by earthquakes and only the Inner Shrine, Outer Shrine and Tower Gate remain. The Inner Shrine features a unique, two-story construction built in the Sengen architectural style, so named after the shrine. For more information...