A wealth of hidden jam spots! Navigate Toei Bus and explore the downtown Tokyo area!
In Tokyo, on top of trains, buses are another mean of useful transportation. Among some lines, Toei bus is especially convenient if you are going to visit tourist spots in the metropolitan area. There are various routes available for Tokyo travelers on the line. In this article, we will introduce you a trip you can make to explore the “down town” area of the city. The starting point of the trip will be “Tokyo Sky Tree”, one of the most notable tourist spots in Tokyo.
#1 Bus Stop: Entrance to Tokyo Sky Tree station
First of all, let’s spend some good time at Tokyo Sky Tree, a freestanding transmission tower. This is actually the tallest building in Japan with the height of 634m. If you go up to the observation deck at the height of 350m, you can enjoy spectacular view of the city all around you. Or, go up to the popular Tembo Gallery where some parts of the ramp are glass-walled and experience what it’s like to walk in the sky.
[Tokyo Sky Tree]
Overview of Tokyo Sky Tree
- 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
- Business Hours
- 8:00 - 22:00
- Open every day
#2 Bus Stop: Kinshi-cho station area (North Exit)
Take a bus for 12 minutes, get off at Kinshi-cho Station bus stop and head to “Dagashi & Okashino Mise EWATARI (cheap candy and sweets shop)”. This is a shop that carries varieties of cheap candies starting from ¥10 a piece. On the first floor, you can purchase single sold candies, and on the second floor, you can find boxed sets. Being surrounded by a wide selection of Japanese candies we bet you will have fun choosing which ones to buy.
[Dagashi to Okashino Mise EWATARI]
Overview of Dagashi to Okashino Mise EWATARI
- 3-4-12 Kinshi Sumida-ku, Tokyo
- Business Hours
- 10:00 - 20:00
- During Obon festival and New Year’s
#3 Bus Stop: Kinshi-cho Station area (South Exit)
Walk for 3 minutes from the North exit to the South exit, and you will see “Meibutsu Ningyo-yaki Yamadaya Honten”. Ningyo-yaki, which is one of well-known products of downtown shitamachi, is a type of Japanese confectionary with anko (beans paste) in a sponge cake. At Yamadaya, every morning, they are baked by craftsmen using exclusively high-quality eggs and honey. With strained sweet red beans, not overly sweet, they are simply delicious.
[Meibutsu Ningyo-yaki Yamadaya Honten (Main store)]
Overview of Meibutsu Ningyo-yaki Yamadaya Honten (Main store)
- 3-8-11 Koto-bashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
- Business Hours
- 9:00 - 20:00
- January 1st
#4 Bus Stop: Kitasuna 2 cho-me
Stay on a bus for 13 minutes and you will arrive at Kitasuna 2 cho-me where Sunamachi Ginza Shopping District is. This is a very popular site among tourists. On the narrow 670m street that stretches from East to the West, there are approximately 180 shops in business. It will be fun to just be in the lively atmosphere, but it will be more fun if you stroll down the street with some delis you got in shops.
[Sunamachi Ginza Shopping District]
Overview of Sunamachi Ginza Shopping District
- In the area of Kitasuna 2 cho-me
#5 Bus Stop: Tomioka 1 cho-me
After enjoying the shopping district, get on a bus for another 15 minutes. Get off at Tomioka 1 cho-me and walk for 2 minutes. There you will find “Tomioka Hachiman-gu Shrine”. Founded in 1627, the shrine has been frequently visited by towners since the Edo period (1603-1867). Besides festivals held every month on the 1st, 15th and 28th, there is “Fukagawa Yahata Festival” held every August. The summer festival is considered as one of 3 Edo Festivals.
[Tomioka Hachiman-gu Shrine]
Overview of Tomioka Hachiman-gu Shrine
- 1-20-3 Tomioka, Koto-ku, Tokyo
#6 Bus Stop: Monzen Nakamachi
Get on a bus for 3 minutes and you will arrive at the last destination, Monzen Nakamachi. Walk for another 4 minutes from the stop and you will arrive at “Ninjo Fukagawa Gorieki Dori (street)”. On the 150m road that leads to Fukagawa Fudodo, there are varieties of shops located including Japanese sweet shop with a history of 100 years and standing bars. Every month on the 1st, 15th and 28th, a festival is held and the area gets crowded with locals.
[Ninjo Fukagawa Gorieki Dori (street)]
Overview of Ninjo Fukagawa Gorieki Dori (street)
- In the area of Tomioka 1, Koto-ku, Tokyo
【Toei One-day Pass】
If you are going to head out using the Toei Buses, it will be a good idea to get “Toei One-day Pass (Marugoto Kippu)”. With the pass, you will get unlimited access to Toei subway, Toei Bus (including Tama area), Toden Arakawa line, Nippori-Liner for one day.
Basic information on Toei One-day Pass
- ¥700 (Adult), ¥350 (Child)
- Sales locations
- Toei Subway Station ticket machines, onboard Toei buses and streetcars, and ticket machines on the Nippori-Toneri Liner line.
Besides the routes that were shown in this article, there are so many more interesting spots worth visiting in Tokyo. In fact, you may be having hard time deciding where to go. In that case, it may be a good idea to narrow down your search by finding out places you can reach with the “Toei One-day Pass”. This will be actually a very affordable way to explore the city. Especially recommended for those who want more than only visiting ordinary tourist areas and spots.