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Asakusa in Pictures: Outside Sensoji Temple after 5 PM

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Situated in Taito, Asakusa was an entertainment district from Edo Period until about 1945 when the are was heavily damaged because of the bombings in the end of World War II. The Buddhist Temple dedicated to Bodhisattva Kannon, or Goddess of Mercy, built in 628 and the landmark of Asakusa, Sensoji Temple, was successfully restored after the war and has regained its old glory ever since. Nonetheless, the rest of the rebuilt area has lost its popularity for being an entertainment district.

But it’s not a bad sign at all. Instead, if you are looking for concentrated traditional elements in the middle of Tokyo, Asakusa is the perfect destination because most buildings aged older than 50 years gather in the area. I admit, it’s my favourite district in Tokyo.

So, what’s up with 5 pm? 5 pm is the closing time of Sensoji Temple. When punctuality in Japan is indisputable, the giant gates started to block floods of people who struggle to get in in the last minute. My friend ran as fast as she could to reach the stairs to the temple until spine ankle problem struck her, but still didn’t make it. Me neither, especially I was a few meters behind her. I’ll give you some hints on how to visit Asakusa in the last minute in the end of this post.

This is where travellers are put to the test to make a quick decision, to think about how to enjoy the famous tourist spot from a different angle. Honestly, it’s not so hard to find beautiful spots and objects I didn’t initially think of outside the oldest temple in Japan. Especially when sakura is blossoming.

Here’s the collection of my photography capturing all activities outside the temple from 5 pm until the closing time, that might give you some ideas what you could do if you were in my position. The best thing here? Free entrances for all sites!

BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN….

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Right outside the gates of Sensoji Temple, people still can pray here after 5 pm, but not beyond this point

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dscf6595-copyApparently, pink sakura tree are not as many as the nearly white ones. Take a picture with it is a must. If you wear kimono, that will be an advantage, like this woman for instance.

sakura cherry blossom japanTherefore, it is mandatory to immortalize pink sakura in close range

asakusa tokyo bodisattva kanonKanon Bodhisattva bronze statue was made in 1720 by Konuma Nagamasa, a caster from Kanda, Tokyo. The names of people who donate for the statue are carved on it.

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The 5-storey Pagoda, whose height is 52.32 meters.

daschund tokyo japanStrollers are apparently not only for babies. If you love animals, especially dogs, you will be able to spot them with their proud owners several times a day. More dog pictures I captured in Japan, click here

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dscf6614-copyExplore Asakusa with a rickshaw is another lovely thing to do, if you are willing to pay ¥4000 per ride. Bargaining isn’t really the culture in Japan

dscf6609-copyShin-Nakamise shopping street. The stores continue outside. Everything was okay until a drunken guy took a picture of us for no reason far behind this building.

AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN

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When sunset is over, this is how Sensoji Temple looks like in the evening…

sensoji temple asakusa tokyo… and still a lot of worshipers line up for their turn.

dscf6654-copyTime to draw Omikuji, or written fortune. Shake the box gently several times while making a wish. A stick will come out, mentioning the drawer number you need to open. Memorize the number and put the stick back to the box.

dscf6657-copyOpen the drawer according to the appointed number mentioned on the stick. Take out the paper and read it. That’s your fortune telling.

fortune telling omikuji asakusa tokyoIf the fortune telling tells you good stuff, keep it.

omikuji asakusa tokyoOtherwise, hang it here. Keep calm, don’t be sad. You can always carve your own future and don’t let a piece of paper justify your destiny.

asakusa tokyoWho says acting like a tourist is a bad thing? Kimono never fails to mesmerize everyone, so dying to pose with the locals wearing kimono is completely understandable

dscf6695-copyNakamise shopping street

pug dog asakusa tokyoSee I told you, spotting another cute dog is not a hard job at all. Look at this spider-pug! More dog pictures I captured in Japan, click here

CLOSING TIME

dscf6716-copyTime to go home. But wait… an art exhibition is about to start….

asakusa rolling door tokyo

… on rolling doors! Yes, it’s simply unthinkable to find remarkable illustrations on rolling doors in extreme cleanliness! A very inspiring way to keep the area pretty even when it’s not in operational hours.

dscf6722-copyAnd so the rest of these 3 illustrations (and many more I didn’t capture)….

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asakusa tokyo rolling door

dscf6644-copyKaminari Gate (Kaminarimon). The gate is never closed, always crowded with people posing below the giant lantern

asakusa tourist information centerUnconventional architecture of Asakusa Tourist Information Center

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: HOW TO VISIT ASAKUSA IN THE LAST MINUTE

Sensoji Temple, like many other temples, have earlier closing hours at 5 pm (opens at 6 am. 6.30 from October to March) than souvenir stores, food stalls, Kaminari Gate (Kaminiarimon) and Asakusa Shrine. So, if you are dying to be inside the temple and so the rest of the area properly, but you only can manage to come 1 or 2 hours before its closing time, here’s my advise:

  • Don’t get easily distracted by food stalls, shopping streets, and Kaminarimon at first. Directly go to Sensoji Temple that takes about 10 minutes walking distance from Kaminarimon
  • Shopping streets and food stalls usually close between 7 pm and 8 pm. So you can catch this later if you don’t spend way too long inside Sensoji Temple.
  • You’ll have plenty of time capturing Kaminarimon because it never closes, but always crowded with people posing below the giant lantern. So you can do this later when you’re about to leave Asakusa area.
  • Asakusa Shrine always opens as well. You can capture this quickly, especially it’s situated close to Sensoji Temple.

Now you can download the article through the following link: https://www.gpsmycity.com/gps-tour-guides/tokyo-405.html

 

4 comments

  1. Maria Susanto says:

    Nice captures. Interesting story, makes me think that its wortwhile to visit. Not just Tokyo,kyoto,osaka all those cities. So far I thought Kyoto is very nice city but there are more to see around Tokyo ( if you know where to visit)

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    • GalOnTrip says:

      tokyo is a big city and one should stay there for at least a week to explore everything in quality time. not hopping on and off every a couple of days. so far, asakusa is my favourite!

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  2. Japan is in our lists..Do hope can visit this beautiful country. Wanna try the food, to see the culture and to enjoy the old cities..

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    • GalOnTrip says:

      yes you should! i even plan to return in autumn to enjoy the red-yellow foliage. something i already experienced in europe long time ago, but i still want to see that again, but in japan in the following year

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