From Minowabashi Station to Waseda is 53 minutes on the tram on Toden Arakawa Line. The Arakawa Line is the sole survivor of Tokyo's once-extensive Tokyo Toden streetcar system. The station has a retro atmosphere, and houses in Shitamachi can be seen from the tram.
Since the Edo period, Ohtori Shrine has been called "Tori no Yashiro (lit. Birds' Shrine)" and "Otori." Ohtori Shrine is now commonly known as "Otori Sama" and many worshipers visit the shrine. Their annual festival in November is widely known as "Tori no ichi."
It translates to the flying deity of Buddhism. Andon Ryokan's owner who loves to travel visits the temple every year to purchase an amulet of safe air travel.
Ichiyo Higuchi Memorial Hall
Ichiyo Higuchi is a novelist in Meiji era. Higuchi's Memorial Hall is located in Ryusenji-machi, which is a setting for one of her masterpieces "Takekurabe (Child's Play)."
Yoshiwara Mikaeri Yanagi
A famous willow tree is named Mikaeri Yanagi meaning looking-back willow. It is in the Yoshiwara area which was a popular place to visit for people of Edo.
From Minowabashi station, 520m parallel to the Toei line, there is a shopping street with an old and comforting ambiance of Showa era.
Nagekomi Temple (Jokanji Temple)
Jokanji Temple is a Jodo Buddhism temple. After the major earthquake in 1855, many bodies of women from Yoshiwara were thrown into Jokanji Temple. It is known as "Nagekomi (throwing in) Temple."
Namida-bashi (Bridge of Tears) that appears in an exciting action manga "Ashita no Joe (Tomorrow's Joe)" is in the neighborhood of Andon Ryokan.
Sensoji-Temple, Nakamise Shopping Street, Kappabashi Dougu street, Tokyo Sky Tree
It takes about 20 minutese by foots or 10 minutes by bus (草64) or 800 JPY by taxi from Andon ryokan. Asakusa Sightseeing.com