Senso-ji at Night (Asakusa Kannon Temple)

I recommend coming to Sensoji Temple in Asakusa at least twice: in the afternoon and in the evening. Due to the merchant street it is probably the busiest temple in Tokyo. At night you can take a relaxed stroll over the temple area and admire the illuminated buildings of the temple.

The temple is an open area, so there is no closing date. I could see a few tourists as well some locals there. Some preferred to pray in the evening since Senso-ji is not actually a very quiet place in the morning.

Actually I have been to Senso-ji at night on the first day of my very first trip to Japan. At that time I was just exploring the area and for some reason I ended up at Senso-ji. I used a different camera at that time (which I bought for the trip) and I didn’t bring a tripod with me so all pictures were blurred. Asakusa and Senso-ji are also featured in the DreamCast game Metropolis Street Racer. Unlike in the game, Senso-ji is not open for car traffic.

One night I saw a man with four dachshunds on the temple ground. The dogs were running all around and looked like hyper-active fur balls sniffing everywhere.

Mia Jaap

Journalist, developer and passionate about Japanese and Korean language. Japan is my #1 country for travelling, penguins my favourite animals.

2 thoughts on “Senso-ji at Night (Asakusa Kannon Temple)

  • 29. August 2011 at 18:59

    Wow! This is my first time seeing Senso-ji at night actually. I’ve only been there once in the afternoon. Didn’t know it was lit up like this^^

    • 29. August 2011 at 23:32

      It’s lit up like this every night so next time you come to Tokyo, visit Senso-ji at night! 🙂


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