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Old 11-17-2010, 06:37 AM
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Default Japan Tour: Asakusabashi Station Tokyo


The Asakusabashi (literally "Shallow Grass Bridge") station building serves two lines: the JR Sobu line, between Akihabara Station to the west, and Ryogoku Station to the east, and the Asakusa subway line between Higashi-Nihonbashi and Kuramae stations.

The station is on the north-south-running Edo-dori Avenue that intersects Yasukuni-dori Avenue just a little to the south of the station.

The JR station is on the second story of the building. It has an east and west exit, and is open between 6am and 11.30pm every day.

The Asakusa subway line station is on the underground floor and is open from around 5 am to around midnight. It has six exits: A1 to A6.

JR Asakusabashi Station began life in 1932, and the subway Asakusabashi Station in 1960.

The JR station and subway station serve about 50,000 passengers per day each, for a total of about 100,000.

The stations serve the surrounding Asakusabashi and Yanagibashi districts, well known for their numerous stores specializing in traditional Japanese dolls, as well as fireworks stores, fabric, trinket and clothing accessory stores, and even a specialty balloon store. There are several banks, convenience stores, Japanese fast food stores, a supermarket, restaurants, pachinko parlors around the station and under the elevated JR Sobu line. (NB The McDonald's still showing near the station on the Google Map has closed.)

Being in Tokyo's east end, the Asakusabashi area lacks sophistication as a shopping area, and, being small, relies for custom on residents, not visitors from other parts of Tokyo.

The only possible tourist attraction in this area is the tour boats moored in the Higashi-Kanda River, just south of the station, and that flows into the Sumida River, just east. However, most of these boats are for group hire, and are far more expensive than their size and condition warrant.

Asakusabashi station is at 1-18-11 Asakusabashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo
The JR station telephone does not have a direct telephone line for customers, but lost and forgotten inquiries can be made to the JR Lost Property Office at 050-2016-1601.

Subway station tel: 03-3866-8765

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