Asakusa is one of Tokyo’s older districts. It’s characterized by narrow alleyways packed with noodle shops, shopping streets, and a grand temple—Sensoji—all of which are flanked by modern department stores. The richly cultured area is a must-visit for anyone coming to Tokyo, and is also an accommodation hub. If you’re looking to get from Narita to Asakusa, these are your top transport options.
Pro tip: If you’re traveling with large bags, you can have Luggagent port them from the airport to your accommodation for an easier transfer. Cheapo readers get an extra bag for free.
The best ways to get from Narita to Asakusa
Narita Airport is about 62km from Asakusa Station. Here’s how to cover the distance.
Fastest (and generally easiest) transfer from Narita Airport to Asakusa
Our recommendation is to hop onto the Keisei Access Express train (not the more expensive Skyliner) from either of the terminal stations at Narita Airport, and cruise right over to Asakusa Station. The trip takes under an hour and costs just ¥1,310—and no transfers are required.
Pro tip: Asakusa Station is served by four train lines: the Toei Asakusa Subway Line, the Tobu Skytree Line, the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, and the Tsukuba Express Line—but not the JR train lines. The Keisei Access Express train (sometimes referred to as the Asakusa Access Express) merges to become part of the Toei Asakusa Subway Line.
Can I use a JR Pass to get to Asakusa from Narita?
You cannot use a JR Pass to get from Narita Airport to Asakusa directly—you would need to take the JR Narita Express train to one of the stations on the JR Yamanote Line, e.g. Tokyo Station, and then take the Yamanote Line to Ueno Station, where you would transfer to the Ginza Line (purchasing a separate ticket).
Alternatively, you could transfer to the JR Chuo-Sobu Line at Shinjuku Station and take it to Asakusabashi Station, which is connected to the Toei Asakusa Line, and about 1.5km away from Asakusa Station on foot.
Pro tip: Keen to get straight from Narita to Sensoji Temple, arguably Asakusa’s biggest drawcard? The temple is at most a few minutes’ walk from Asakusa Station.
Cheapest way of getting from Narita to Asakusa
If you’re set on saving about ¥200, there is a slightly cheaper option than the Keisei Access Express mentioned above.
You can take the Keisei Main Line train to Aoto Station, then transfer to the Keisei Oshiage Line for a 12-minute ride over to Asakusa Station. You’re looking at around 80-90 minutes of total travel time. Our advice? Go for the Keisei Access Express train instead—it’s much easier.
Easiest transfer to Asakusa from Narita if you have lots of luggage
If you’ve got heavy bags and you don’t want to haul them through Asakusa Station, then an airport shuttle like this shared taxi service for about ¥6,640 is the higher cost but lowest stress option.
Note: Asakusa is in an area called Taito-ku, which you’ll see on the drop-off list.
Can I take a regular taxi from Narita to Asakusa?
Yes, you can take a regular taxi from Narita Airport to Asakusa, but it will cost you. A lot. Probably more than ¥20,000. So it’s not really a cheapo option.
Alternative: Airport limousine bus to Asakusa
You can also take an airport limousine bus from Narita to Asakusa for about ¥3,100. These buses run to the Asakusa View Hotel, from where you can walk or take a taxi to your accommodation, if you are staying somewhere else, like the Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International. The trip from Narita to Asakusa View Hotel takes about two hours.
Looking for other transfer options or more details? Head over to our mega guide on getting from Narita Airport to Tokyo. You might also want to see what there is to do in Asakusa for free or for cheap.
Looking for the best way to get from Asakusa to Narita Airport? Your options are virtually identical—simply reverse the route.
While we do our best to ensure it’s correct, information is subject to change. Post first published in December, 2016. Last updated April, 2020.