Diva In The Spotlight: Asakusa At Night

The grand dame of Tokyo temples, Senso-ji

The grand dame of Tokyo temples, Senso-ji

Asakusa is always entertaining by day, but it’s totally stunning at night. From theatrically lit temples to glittering reflections on the Sumida River, this neighborhood never disappoints.

The fiercest guardian deity in the land

The fiercest guardian deity in the land

The main gate, shining in the rain

The main gate, shining in the rain

The promenade

The promenade

Even the doors are larger then life.

Even the doors are larger than life.

Old meets new: the five-story pagoda and Skytree, together

Old meets new: the five-story pagoda and Skytree, together

The side gate framing the temple beyond

A side gate frames the temple beyond

A geisha hurrys along a side street, on the way to her evening appointment on a rainy night

A geisha hurries along a side street on a rainy night, on the way to her evening appointment

Festival lanterns light a side street

Festival lanterns glow over a side street

A pleasure boat motors past Skytree on the Sumida River

A pleasure boat motors past Skytree on the Sumida River

If you’d like to visit the Asakusa area the next time you’re in Tokyo, a map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

And just for fun, here are the eleven strangest shrines in Tokyo, with all the inside scoop on the resident gods’ superpowers

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