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Sensoji Temple at Night – Asakusa

Posted in Places by tokyobling on January 8, 2015

A few years ago when the world famous Sensoji temple in Tokyo got a major face lift the the site became the undisputed tourist mecca of Japan, rivaled perhaps only by the Shibuya street crossing. Still, at least in my eyes the grand Asakusa temple wins in my book. Most tourists flock there during the day to enjoy the shops, souvenirs, eateries and throngs of people. Personally I much prefer the temple well after closing time, after the crowds are gone and the temple structures are bathed in a wonderfully warm red light. When I guide friends and relatives around Tokyo I always make sure to include a last stop at the Sensoji, before heading back home.

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  1. lili said, on January 8, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Beautiful pictures!
    I like so much the wonderful red and golden lights!!

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  2. amadl said, on January 8, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I remember feeLing so overwheLmed when I went there two years ago, aLthough stroLLing the Nakamisedori was stiLL fun ^^
    I’m going to Tokyo again next ApriL, and this time I wiLL definiteLy go at night!

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    • tokyobling said, on January 16, 2015 at 7:03 am

      You must! Or, as was pointed out, very early in the morning! (^-^)

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  3. hanna said, on January 8, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Wow, the atmosphere is so much different than during daylight!

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  4. Grigoris said, on January 8, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    I second the feelings about Sensoji by night. Early morning (ca. 07:00-08:00) is good too: it has the added bonus of the open temple. Great pix -as always!

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    • tokyobling said, on January 16, 2015 at 7:04 am

      You are the pro! I have been there only once in the early morning, but many elderly residents had the same idea. Still it is great to feel young (in comparison). Haha…. Thank you for the kind comment Grigoris!

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  5. Junko said, on January 8, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Ahhhh, a visit reserved only for the tsuu 通 (connoisseur.)

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  6. kei said, on January 10, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Lovely photos! It’s true that there is just a different atmosphere when the crowds have gone and the temple is quieter.

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  7. Timi said, on January 11, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I actually feel the night breeze and hear the silence * – *

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  8. rudyhou said, on March 11, 2015 at 9:14 am

    asakusa looks so grand from your pics. i have only been there once and i can only remember the massive crowd that always engulf the area.

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    • tokyobling said, on March 27, 2015 at 3:20 am

      Thanks! Yes, I prefer it in the evenings when the shops are closed and the tourists are all out drinking (somewhere else) (^-^;)

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