Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station is an underground station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line in Tokyo’s Asakusa district. This station has subway services bound for some of Tokyo’s most popular districts such as Ueno, Nihombashi, Ginza, Shimbashi, Omotesando, and Shibuya.
There are four stations called “Asakusa Station” in Asakusa. The Tokyo Metro, Tobu, and Toei Asakusa stations are all located very close together on the east side of Asakusa. Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station is located between Tobu Asakusa Station and Toei Asakusa Station and it is connected to both by underground passages. TX Asakusa Station on the Tsukuba Express Line is located about 550 meters to the west of Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station, or a 7 minute walk away.
The Main Entrances
Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station has eight entrances numbered 1-8. It is also possible to access this station by Toei Asakusa Station entrances which are numbered A3 – A5. The closest entrance to the main tourist area is Entrance 1, which opens very close by the Kaminarimon Gate.
The closest entrances to Tobu Asakusa Station are Entrance 8 which opens directly outside the Tobu station building and Entrance 7, which opens directly inside the Tobu station building on the 1st floor.
The Station Layout
Tokyo Metro Station has four sets of ticket gates.
The Kaminarimon District Gate is by Exits 1-3
The Sensoji Azumabashi District Gate is by Exit 4.
The Matsuya Sumida Park District Gate is by Exits 5-8
The Komagatabashi District Gate is most useful for passengers transferring between Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Toei Asakusa Line. The nearest exits to this gate are Exits A3, A4, and A5 of Toei Asakusa Station. Please note that Toei Asakusa Station also has a ticket gate called “Komagatabashi” but this is located in a different area.
There are automatic ticket machines by all the ticket gates.
The ticket machines are operated by touch screens which have language options in English, Chinese, Korean, French, and Spanish, as well as Japanese.
Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station has two platforms. Both platforms have automatic platform screen doors for passengers’ safety.
Because this station is the northern terminus of the Ginza Line, all the trains at both platforms are southbound for Shibuya.
Trains are very regular on the Ginza Line and there are departure information screens showing which platform the next train will depart from.
Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station Exits
There are eight exits at Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station numbered 1-8, but you can also exit via the Toei Asakusa Station Exits which are numbered A1-A5. The A3 – A5 exits are the closest to the Tokyo Metro Station and can be accessed from the Tokyo Metro Komagatabashi District Gate.
The underground passageways at Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station can be a little confusing. However, if you follow the signs for your exit, you should be able to find your way.
Exit 1 is the only exit with an elevator. This exit opens on the corner of a shopping arcade and Kaminarimon-dori Street. It is convenient for the Kaminarimon Gate, Nakamise shopping street, and Sensoji Temple. The Station Office and the Lost & Found Office are located on the 2nd floor of the station building above Exit 1 and can be accessed by elevator.
Exit 2 opens on the south side of Kaminarimon-dori Street and is convenient for Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center.
Exit 3 opens on the north side of Kaminarimon-dori Street and is convenient for Kamiya Bar, the oldest Western-style bar in Tokyo, which dates from 1880.
Exit 4 opens up by Azuma-bashi Bridge on the east side of Edo-dori Avenue. From this exit you can get a good view of Tokyo Skytree and the golden Asahi Flame.
Exit 5 opens up on the east side of Edo-dori Avenue across from Tobu Asakusa Station. Exit 5 is convenient for the Tokyo River Cruise departure point at Asakusa Pier.
To access Exit 6 you will need to walk through an underground shopping street.
Exit 6 opens up in a shopping arcade. This exit is close to Umamichi-dori Street and may be convenient if your hotel is in this area.
Exits 7 and 8 are convenient for Tobu Asakusa Station and the Ekimise shopping complex which both occupy the same building. Exit 8 opens directly in front of the Ekimise station building and Exit 7 opens inside the station on the 1st floor.
Lockers at Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station
There are some coin lockers by Exit 1 of Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station. For more details about baggage storage at this and the other Asakusa stations, please see our article: Lockers & Baggage Storage in Asakusa.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.