Searching for good fortune spots in Tokyo with economical tickets

”Keisei Skyliner & Subway Ticket” is ideal for sightseeing within Tokyo

Skyliner and the Tokyo Subway

To search for good fortune spots in Tokyo, you will need a “Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket”, which is an economical and convenient ticket specifically for foreign tourists visiting Japan. This ticket consists of a passenger ticket for the Skyliner, connecting Nartia Airport and the heart of Tokyo in 36 minutes at the fastest, and a free passenger ticket for 13 subway lines that almost completely cover the Tokyo metropolitan area. It is a ticket specifically designed for foreign tourists visiting Japan. It is even generating buzz in social networks for the fact that it enables ticket-holders to get into the Tokyo metropolitan area comfortably and in the shortest time, as well as freely visiting sightseeing spots..

Since March 2016, the existing 1-day/2-day/3-day tickets have been enhanced as 24-hour/48-hour/72-hour tickets. This made it possible for you to flexibly arrange your sightseeing plans in Tokyo, starting from evening or night.

For this article, we used the “Skyliner Round-Trip Ticket + 72-hour Ticket” (2,540 yen cheaper than the normal price of 7,940 yen!) to visit good fortune spots in the Tokyo metropolitan area, starting out from Ueno.

Subway Free Ticket
Subway passenger tickets start from the time they are first used, so they can be used without waste

Various ways of purchasing “Keisei Skyliner & Subway Ticket”

1. Purchase at Narita Airport

Let’s go to “SKYLINER & KEISEI INFORMATION CENTER” located on the first underground floor (B1F) of Keisei Electric Railway Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 Station (Narita Airport Terminal 2)! SKYLINER & KEISEI INFORMATION CENTER provides reliable support to foreign tourists visiting Japan, ranging from help with purchasing “Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket” to provision of information regarding transfers and routes, as well as nation-wide sightseeing information, etc.

Popular access information
Tokyo route map on the wall of SKYLINER & KEISEI INFORMATION CENTER, popular with visitors to Japan for easy route checking.

SKYLINER & KEISEI INFORMATION CENTER (open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.) provides support in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean. Three smiling staff members will usually be on hand to help you. In addition, Keisei Free Wi-Fi can be used within the Center, and if you show your passport when purchasing a Skyliner Ticket, you can receive a Free Wi-Fi in Keisei Skyliner ID and password. This ID and password can be used for up to 6 hours consecutively after logging in to access points found onboard the Skyliner and at 240,000 nation-wide locations.

Information desk providing support for tourists visiting Japan
Staff member Masumi Uyama, who provides support in three languages (English, Chinese and Malay) and is studying other languages too, says “I want to greet customers in their own languages”

2. Purchase online

The Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket can be purchased by credit card on Keisei Electric Railway’s multi-language “Skyliner e-ticket” website (available in English, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, and Korean). The method is simple: just enter your desired date/time and type of ticket into the form on the website, show the number you receive from the website at the SKYLINER & KEISEI INFORMATION CENTER, and exchange it for your ticket. The website can be freely accessed from home computer or smartphone, so purchasing tickets before coming to Japan is recommended.

3. Other ways to purchase tickets

Tickets can also be purchased at overseas travel agencies and onboard airplanes. For further details, please check the Keisei Electric Railway website.

Now for the departure to good fortune spots!

Once you have purchased a “Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket”, take the speedy Skyliner from Narita Airport to the Tokyo metropolitan area!

Skyliner: fast and comfortable

Since the Skyliner has a top speed of 160km/h (approx. 100mph) and uses a dedicated airport access line, it can reach the Tokyo metropolitan area (Nippori) in 36 minutes, and 41 minutes to Ueno, a perfect base for sightseeing in Tokyo.

The Good Design Award-winning body of the train looks smart, and the inside of the carriages is stylish and pleasant. Consideration has been made to ensure that tourists can relax with comfortable seating, show signs in multiple languages, and many more.

Traditional good fortune spots accessible from Ueno

Tokyo has been the political and financial center of Japan since the 17th century. There are more than 80 good fortune spots here that have come to be popular with common people. After arriving at Ueno, lets go experience Japan’s traditional culture with your Subway Ticket, which you can use from the first day.

There are plenty of good fortune spots in Shitamachi (traditional part of Tokyo)

Hachiman: Shrine of God of War popular among common people

Tomioka Hachiman Shrine (established in 1627), located in the Shitamachi/Monzen-Nakacho district of Tokyo, is commonly known by its nickname of “Hachiman-sama of Fukagawa”. The two ginkgo trees behind the main shrine have survived earthquake disasters and even wars without falling, and they are said to be full of energy that summons fortune in averting calamities.

Stones with inscriptions honoring grand champions of sumo

Tomioka Hachiman Shrine is also the original site of the Edo fundraising sumo tournaments that preceded professional sumo wrestling. These events were held for around 100 years, starting in the year 1684. The stone monuments you see in the photo are monuments constructed with inscriptions of successive generations of yokozuna (grand sumo champions).

Fukagawa Fudoson Temple with straw sandal

Another famous good fortune spot is Fukagawa Fudoson Temple (established in 1703), which is located close to Tomioka Hachiman Shrine. The large sandal (footwear braided with straw) seen in this photo is for people to attach small straw sandals on which they write wishes. It is famous for avoiding leg-related misfortune.

Monzen-Nakacho is a town that strongly retains the atmosphere of Tokyo’s Shitamachi (traditional part of Tokyo). Here you can savor the famous fukagawa-meshi (rice with steamed clams) and enjoy strolling through the shopping district.

The famous fukagawa-meshi (rice with steamed clams)
Fukagawa-meshi is a rice dish cooked with a boiled soup of vegetables and shellfish such as clams – there is also soup poured version of the dish

Good fortune spots where night views can also be enjoyed

Zojo-ji Temple and Tokyo Tower, where the night view is also beautiful
Tokyo Tower, close to Zojo-ji Temple, has a viewing platform where you can enjoy an unbroken night view of the Tokyo metropolis

Take a walk out from Monzen-Nakacho and head to good fortune spots where night views can also be enjoyed. Zojo-ji Temple (established in 1393), located in Shiba Park, is said to have brought luck to Tokugawa Ieyasu, who established the shogunate in Edo (now Tokyo). That is why the temple is known as a spot that brings luck and averts calamity.

How to get around good fortune spots

Narita Airport Terminal 2,3—-(Skyliner)—-Ueno—-(Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)—-[change trains at Kayabacho]—-(Tokyo Metro Tozai Line)—-Monzen-nakacho—-(5 mins. by walk)—- [Fukagawa Fudoson Temple] —-(2 mins. by walk)—- [Tomioka Hachiman Shrine]—-(5 mins. by walk)—-Monzen-nakacho—-(Toei Oedo Line)—-Daimon—-(5 mins. by walk)—- [Zojo-ji Temple]—-(5 mins. by walk)—-[Tokyo Tower]—-(12 mins. by walk)—-Daimon—-(Toei Asakusa Line)—-[change trains at Ningyocho]—-(Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)—-Ueno

From the holy ground of pop culture to the good fortune spots of Edo

On day 2, let’s head to Akihabara. Even on this holy ground of pop culture, there are two good fortune spots within walking distances. One of these spots is Kanda Shrine, the guardian deity of Edo. Even today, it bustles with visitors who are praying to ward off evil, improve their fate in business and increase their commercial fortune.

Kanda Shrine: the guardian deity of Edo
Portable shrines even in Akihabara
Portable shrines are even carried through Akihabara in the regular festivals of Kanda Shrine (held in May every other year)
Sweet sake of shrine town
Amanoya, which continues to produce sweet sake by the traditional method, and iced sweet sake

The famous product of Kanda Shrine is sweet sake (a sweet drink using rice koji, or yeast). Since its opening in 1846, the long-established Amanoya shop has been using koji produced in a natural earth basement (underground cellar) located 6m (about 19 feet) underground. The seasonal exclusive iced sweet sake (available from the middle of May until the beginning of October) is also popular.

Yushima Tenman-gu Shrine

Yushima Tenman-gu Shrine, which is about a 10-minute walk from Kanda Shrine, is a historical shrine said to have been founded in the middle of the 5th century. Today, the 9th century nobleman Sugawara no Michizane, famous for being the God of Learning, is enshrined here. During the exam season, this site is filled with prayer plaques stating wishes for success in passing exams.

Prayer plaques stating wishes for success in passing exams

A good fortune spot that is popular with people who wants to get married

Tokyo Daijingu Grand Shrine – popular with people who wants to get married

Tokyo Daijingu Grand Shrine (constructed as a remote shrine in Tokyo for people to worship Ise Grand Shrine from far away) is popular as a spot that brings good fortune in romance to people who are looking for a lover or marriage mate. Shinto wedding ceremonies are said to have originated here.

A highly popular good fortune spot surrounded by forest

Meiji Shrine, surrounded by forest

Meiji Shrine – located next to Harajuku, the center for youth fashion – is surrounded by forest in such a way that it does not feel like being in the heart of Tokyo. Within the grounds of Meiji Shrine are places filled with energy collected from Mt. Fuji, and the site is said to be full of power. Many people visit to pray for happy relationships as couples and better fortune.

Harajuku Colombin’s honey roll
Harajuku Colombin’s “Harajuku honey roll” – the store has its own rooftop beekeeping facility and is the only Western-style confectionery store to be an official purveyor to the Imperial Household Agency

Finally, we also recommend tasting some sweets made from the nectar of flowers in good fortune spots such as Meiji Shrine and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Perhaps these will improve your fortunes from within.

How to get around good fortune spots

Ueno—-(Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)—-Akihabara—-(10 mins. by walk)—-[Kanda Shrine]—-(10 mins. by walk)—-[Yushima Tenman-gu Shrine]—-(2 mins. by walk)——(Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)—-[change trains at Otemachi]—-(Tokyo Metro Tozai Line)—-Iidabashi—-(5 mins. by walk)—-[Tokyo Daijingu Grand Shrine]—-(5 mins. by walk)—-Iidabashi—-(Tokyo Metro Tozai Line)—-[change trains at Otemachi]—-(Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)—-Meiji-jingumae—-(3 mins. by walk)—-[Meiji Shrine]—-(3 mins. by walk)—-Meiji-jingumae—-(Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)—- [change trains at Omote-sando]—-(Tokyo Metro Ginza Line)—-Ueno

Before returning home, drop in to personally experience the power of a temple that has been continuous for 1,000 years

Priests heading to a prayer ceremony

As the conclusion of this sightseeing tour of Japan, let’s visit Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple, a nationally famous good fortune spot that can be accessed with the Skyliner Round-Trip Ticket. Keisei-Narita Station, which is the nearest station to Shinsho-ji Temple, is just one stop away from the Skyliner terminal at Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 Station. If you are taking the afternoon flight, you will have plenty of time to enjoy this spot. Let’s purchase a Narita Kaiun Pass (which includes special advantages) at Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 Station, and head to Narita.

Narita Kaiun Ticket

Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple (founded in the year 939) is said to give divine favor in the form of better fortunes, protection of one’s family, recovery from illness, averting misfortune, and improvement of one’s economic fortunes.

Road approaching Shinsho-ji Temple
The atmosphere of temple town is retained on this approaching road, and there are many restaurants here where you can savor Narita’s famous eel dishes

How to get to Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple

Ueno—-(Skyliner)—- Narita Airport Terminal 2,3—-(Keisei Main Line)—-Keisei Narita—-(10 mins.by walk)—-[Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple]—-(10 mins.by walk)—-Keisei Narita—-(Keisei Main Line)—-Narita Airport Terminal 2,3

Using economic tickets, you can freely enjoy sightseeing within the metropolis and on the outskirts of Tokyo. Make sure you try this out when you visit Japan!