Take the Pandabus in Asakusa or at Tokyo Skytree

The cutest free transportation between Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree

If you do not want to walk from Asakusa to Tokyo Skytree, you can choose between train, taxi, ricksha, and panda. There is a boy panda bus and a girl panda bus with faces, ears, and paws. All the passenger seats inside have their own small ears. And the bus is free.

Take the Asakusa line route to visit Tokyo Skytree. Easy to find bus stops are in front of the ROX building (stop number 1) at the Asakusa Tsukuba Express station and in front of Senso-ji temple’s Kaminari-mon gate (stop number 3). Tokyo Skytree (stop number 5) is less than 2 km from Asakusa, so it is only a short ride. But when can you travel with so much crazy cuteness?

Especially on weekends seats on the small bus fill up quickly, so it is worth to wait at the first station near ROX. If you stay on the bus or take it from Tokyo Skytree, you will take a circular tour that brings you back to Asakusa through some of the quieter back streets.

You can get on and off the bus at any of the stops, if you can find them. The bus stops are marked with a small round sign saying Asakusa Pandabus - 浅草パンダバス - on the top. I took a picture at stop number 13 where an additional helpful poster is attached to a vending machine. This shows you how quiet Asakusa can be away from Senso-ji temple.

The official Pandabus website is in Japanese. On the red navigation bar on the left, click on 路線案内 to see the bus route map. It is the first button under HOME. The next button down, 時刻案内, is the schedule. There is usually one bus per hour, with an hour long lunch break for the driver in the afternoon. Or maybe the pandas get tired.

In case you missed them on their rounds, the pandas sleep in the back of Asakusa's small Hanayashiki amusement park.


UPDATE: Panda Bus service stopped operations Aug. 2016

David image



David's other advice

Tokyo walks: Kuramae images

Tokyo walks: Kuramae

Come to Kuramae if you like craftsmanship and things that are made well, things made by hand. And come if you like quality coffee, tea, and chocolate. This is a small neighborhood. It is resident…

Tokyo walks: Asakusa to Kuramae images

Tokyo walks: Asakusa to Kuramae

Walking is a great way to explore Tokyo. Go for a walk and keep your eyes open. Start your walk in Asakusa at the famous red Kaminarimon Gate that marks the entrance to Senso-ji Temple. If you ha…

Quiet Retreat at the Seaside in Setouchi images

Quiet Retreat at the Seaside in Setouchi

Setonaikai is the Japanese Inland Sea and Setouchi City in Okayama Prefecture faces this beautiful part of the coast in West Japan. When you visit Hiroshima or Himeji Castle, extend your trip and spe…

Beautiful Places to Visit in Japan images

Beautiful Places to Visit in Japan

TripAdvisor published a list of 20 beautiful spots to visit in Japan that are not so well known yet. Let this list inspire you when you plan your next trip - there are islands, forests, temples, and …

Mt Fuji Views from Enoshima Island near Kamakura images

Mt Fuji Views from Enoshima Island near Kamakura

Enoshima island is a fun destination for a day trip from Tokyo anytime of the year. You can see the island and its lighthouse from Kamakura further along the Shonan coast.The lighthouse is called…

Fuji Ramen - Fresh Noodles in Tonkotsu Soup images

Fuji Ramen - Fresh Noodles in Tonkotsu Soup

Fuji Ramen in Asakusa serves tasty ramen in tsukemen with tonkotsu base soup and noodles made fresh at the shop.This shop is special because it makes its own noodles. You can see the small worksh…

You might also like

Kintsuba - Japanese Sweets in Asakusa images

Kintsuba - Japanese Sweets in Asakusa

Kintsuba きんつば is one of the Japanese sweets that I like because you can watch them being made. This photo is from a small shop in Asakusa located in the Nakamise-dori shopping street at Senso-ji …

David image


Omikuji - Take Only Good Luck With You images

Omikuji - Take Only Good Luck With You

Omikuji - おみくじ - are fortune papers from temples and shrines that offer advice for your health, career, and good luck in general. There are positive ones - marked kichi 吉 - and negative ones - m…

David image


Tokyo Doitsu Mura images

Tokyo Doitsu Mura

I never have figured out why places, that are clearly not in Tokyo, are still designated as "Tokyo" something or other. Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea are in Chiba folks, not Tokyo. That being sai…

Kevin image


Kaminari-okoshi: Asakusa Thunder Crackers images

Kaminari-okoshi: Asakusa Thunder Crackers

Kaminari-okoshi (雷おこし) are traditional Japanese sweets. Crispy rice is mixed with sugar and syrup, pressed down into a flat shape and cut into squares. Often there are some peanuts mixed into it,…

David image


Hanayashiki - Asakusa's Beloved Tiny Amusement Park images

Hanayashiki - Asakusa's Beloved Tiny Amusement Park

Asakusa is an old part of Tokyo. In a city that changes quickly and often, it is not surprising to read about the many changes that have happened in this area. Asakusa was a major entertainment distr…

David image


Salt is Sacred in Japan; You will see it often images

Salt is Sacred in Japan; You will see it often

Have you noticed a little mound of salt at the entrance of a restaurant during your visits to Japan?Salt was always a very important part of the Japanese diet and the ancient salt fields you see …