Home >> Japan Travel >> Trip with Japan Rail Pass (Day 5): Nikko, Tokyo (Asakusa Kannon Temple, Ueno, Ikebukuro)

In the morning, we took a side trip to Nikko.  To get there using our Japan Rail Pass, we took the shinkansen to Utsunomiya, and transferred to the JR Nikko Line.


We took a bus to visit the shrines.


The walk around the shrines was very interesting and I loved the place.  Unfortunately, it was raining pretty heavily when we were there, so we didn’t stay for long.


I hope I have the chance to visit Nikko again, preferably during autumn and when the weather is better!

We went back to Tokyo, and visited the Asakusa Kannon Temple.  This was the only time we could not use our rail pass and had to buy a ticket for the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line to Asakusa from Ueno station.

It was not our lucky day indeed, and the giant lantern at the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) was folded up!


Oh well.. At least we got to see what was UNDER the lantern.  (Don’t think many people squat down to see what it looks like under the lantern!)


There was a line of souvenir shops leading to the temple… Very touristy!


After passing through the shops, we reached the temple.


Other than the main shopping street leading to the temple, there was another shopping street perpendicular to it that was sheltered.  Lots of eateries and cheap souvenir shops could be found there.



Next, we took the Tokyo metro back to Ueno and explored the station area a bit.  There was a Hard Rock Cafe within the station.


We went for a walk at Ameyoko which was just outside Ueno station.


And our last stop for the day was Ikebukuro.


Other posts for this trip:

Full Itinerary
Day 2: Kyoto, Osaka
Day 3: Osaka, Miyajima, Tokyo
Day 4: Yokohama, Tokyo
Day 5: Nikko, Tokyo
Day 7: Tokyo


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  1. Mauz says:

    Hi Ma’am, thank you for your blog. My family would like to visit Japan (Tokyo with Mt. Fuji Q -Thomas Land side trip) next year.
    Can you recommend a clean & cheap hotel for a family of 4 (3adults and 1child) near Ueno station and Shinagawa station?
    Thank you in advance

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Japan hotels are generally clean. For cheap, I would go for Super Hotel Ueno Iriyaguchi near Ueno station. Super Hotel is a chain of budget hotels in Japan. Their rooms are very small (but that’s the case for most cheap hotel rooms in Japan, especially Tokyo) but I love their free breakfast and super rooms (double room with a bunk bed).

      Super Hotel doesn’t have a branch near Shinagawa station. But Toyoko Inn does:
      Toyoko Inn is very similar to Super Hotel in that their rooms are very small but they throw in free breakfast.

      In general, when I am on a budget, I go for the budget chains like Toyoko Inn, Super Hotel, Dormy Inn, Route Inn, Chisun Inn etc. You can look into them.

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