Tokyo for street photographers #4 - Asakusa


Asakusa is another one of the areas I keep coming back to for some shutter therapy every once in a while. Yes, it is very touristy, and yes, the amount of people around Senso-ji temple always drives me nuts. But, despite the crowds, this is easily one of the most photogenic temples in town.

Just like many other of the areas of Tokyo on every travellers must-see list, I really prefer to come here outside peak hours, when the amount of selfie-sticks wielding visitors is more manageable, and when the side-streets with their countless izakaya and snack bars comes to life.


Although the biggest bar-street around here, Hoppy-dori, is very photogenic at night, it’s on the smaller streets around it you’ll actually find the restaurants worth visiting.

As you probably can tell from the photos in this series, the temple grounds are also very atmospheric after dark. Note the dramatic difference in the size of the crowds.

And of course, no visit would be complete without a few shots of the dramatic skyline on the other side of Sumida-river, with Tokyo Sky Tree being the most prominent landmark.