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Visit Authentic Tokyo – Taito City   Local area information around Taito-ku (Asakusa, Ueno, Yanaka, etc.)

Tokyo travel guide   Local area information around Tokyo

Tokyo Local Information

History of Tokyo
The true History of Tokyo started from Asakusa Senso-ji in 628

Dangerous Areas in Tokyo
Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Shibuya are the 3 most dangerous areas in Tokyo

Obon in Tokyo
Tokyo locals celebrate Obon in July instead of August

Two Kappabashi Streets
Even Tokyoites and Wikipedia may be confused by the two Kappabashi Streets


MY Building Weather Forecasts

To watch TV in English

Sumida River Fireworks Festival will be held on July 29 for the first time in four years. Details.

The nearest (1 min from MY Building) small supermarket “My Basket” opened on Apr 7, 2023. Open 8:00-23:00.


All cyclists in Japan are required to make effort to wear a cycle helmet while riding their bikes under a new law that comes into effect on April 1, 2023. 

Smart parcel locker PUDO is now located in front of MY Building, available for the delivery of Yamato Transport from March 2022. Though the language is only Japanese for the time being…

Marugoto Nippon (Whole Japan) reopened with bigger Uniclo Asakusa in June 2021.
And Sushiro Asakusa (Revolving Sushi Restaurant) opened on the 3rd floor in July. See details.

Sanja Matsuri will be held on May 15 and 16, 2021. Details

Due to the coronavirus, the 2020 Sanja Matsuri has been postponed to October 17 and 18, 2020. Details

From March 2020, elevators on both sides are available at Inaricho Station.
Exit #1 (to Shibuya) and #3 (to Asakusa) of Inaricho Station have elevators. Inside map of Inaricho
Exit #1 (to Nakameguro) and #4 (to Kitasenju) of Iriya Station has elevators. Inside map of Iriya

Iriya has been ranked truly the most liveable town in Tokyo Central Area (eight core wards of Tokyo: Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato, Shinjuku, Bunkyo, Taito, Shibuya and Toshima), the second in Tokyo, and the fifth in Greater Tokyo Area (Tokyo and the three surrounding prefectures) according to Truly the Most Livable Towns in Greater Tokyo for 2020 by ARUHI Corporation, Japan’s largest mortgage bank

From 30 March 2019, Megurin Bus stops at “Kita-Ueno 2Chome” not only East-West Route(Tozai Megurin) bus but also South Route(Minami Megurin) bus. Be careful not to take South Route(Minami Megurin) Bus if you would like to go to Asakusa. See details

As of March 2019, Google Japan has changed it’s basemap data from Zenrin, the most famous company of maps in Japan, to Google’s own data with machine-learning generated maps. Due to that change, some roads disappeared, parking lots transformed into roads, railroad lines suddenly gone missing, and walking time may not be accurate. Google Japan is trying to resolve the problems as soon as possible.

From 15 October 2018, East-West Route(Tozai Megurin) bus does not stop at Ueno Station Park Exit anymore, will stop at Ueno Station Iriya Exit.

Free Wi-Fi in Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, and also in Hibiya Line:  Tokyo Metro  Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi

Sumida River Fireworks Festival on 29 July 2017, 7:05 PM – 8:30 PM in Asakusa. In case of heavy rain, it may be postponed to Sunday 30 July. Live broadcast on TV, channel 7. See details.

Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri (Old Tokyo Star Festival) on 8-9 July 2017. See details.

Matsuri, Shrine Festivals on 6 May and 19-21 May 2017. See Events.

Setsubun at Sensoji Temple on 3 Feb 2017. See details.

Taxi fares for short rides will get cheaper in Tokyo from Jan 30 2017. See details.

Tondo-yaki at Torikoe Jinja Shrine (Minami (South) Megurin Bus #10) on 8 Jan 2017. See details.

Hagoita-ichi (Fair) from 17 to 19 Dec 2016. See details.

From December 2016, Free Wi-Fi starts in Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, and also in Hibiya Line by March 2017. Details:  Tokyo Metro  Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi

Autumn leaves colors in Ueno Park from the end of November to mid December.

Asakusa Tori-no-ichi Fair on 11 and 23 Nov 2016. See details.

Ueno Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival) from 9 July to 7 Aug 2016. See details.

Home Wi-Fi System is provided adding to the Mobile Wi-Fi on 25 July 2016

At home you can stay connected to the more powerful high-speed fibre optic broadband internet Wi-Fi.

National Museum of Western Art is officially the first world heritage in central Tokyo on 17 July 2016. See details.

Sumida River Fireworks Festival on 30 July 2016, 7:05 PM – 8:30 PM in Asakusa. In case of heavy rain, it may be postponed to Sunday 31 July. Live broadcast on TV, channel 7. See details.

Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri (Old Tokyo Star Festival) on 9-10 July 2016. My daughter will be marching as a little drummer girl. See details.

Hozuki-Ichi (Ground Cherry Pod Fair) on 9-10 July 2016. See details.

Iriya Asagao Matsuri (Morning Glory Festival) on 6-8 July 2016. See details.

Vending machine for drinks will be set in front of MY Building on 16 May 2016.

Asakusa Sanja Matsuri (Festival) & other local festivals on 13-15 May 2016. See details.

Local Mikoshi goes in front of MY Building and my daughter plays a roll of “God children”. See details.

Cherry Blossoms have bloomed in Tokyo on 21 March 2016. See details.

Sunkus (,+Kita-Ueno,+2+Chome-1-16,+Japan/Sunkus+Taitomatsugaya,+Taito,+Tokyo,+Japan/@35.714439,139.7843893,18.25z/data=!4m19!4m18!1m10!1m1!1s0x60188e97226deb49:0xd6dd18f1f69288a7!2m2!1d139.7852381!2d35.7155213!3m4!1m2!1d139.7852076!2d35.7137602!3s0x60188e97aecf7b59:0x8ccc74390a245a36!1m5!1m1!1s0x60188e97b3db2815:0xc9d1daec5f4e7324!2m2!1d139.7854434!2d35.7136098!3e23 min) will be FamilyMart sequentially from September 2016 and will install 24h foreign exchange ATMs. See details.

PASMOSuica and so on are available on Megurin Bus (1 min) from 31 Jan 2016. See details.

“Gururi Megurin”, new line of Megurin Bus (1 min) runs from 31 Jan 2016. See details.

Marugoto Nippon (Whole Japan)(10 min) is open on 17 Dec 2015. See details.