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Light up your Night with Illuminating Sights: Discovering Asakusa After Dark



2023.05.11 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, inbound tourism adviser and consultant, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

Asakusa at night is a magical place, sparkling with bright lights and offering a different atmosphere from the crowded daytime. As one of the most visited tourist destinations in Tokyo, Asakusa attracts people from all over the world. The landmark of Asakusa is Nakamise Street, which connects the main gate of Sensoji Temple, Kaminarimon Gate, with the main hall.

During the day, a number of souvenir shops and food stalls welcome you, but at night, art comes alive, as the shutter art decorating the closed shops along Nakamise Street illuminates the area with its mesmerizing beauty, and is easily one of the best things about night in Asakusa.

The shutter art, called Asakusa Emaki, stretches about 400 meters long from east to west and depicts seasonal vistas, festivals, and scenes from old Japan. The artwork is illuminated after sunset, and is a breathtaking sight. Sensoji Temple is also worth a visit at night, as it is beautifully lit up.

Getting to Asakusa is easy. From Narita Airport, take the Toei Asakusa Line to Asakusa Station, and the temple is just a 5-minute walk away, so it’s a great choice for your first sightseeing spot after arriving in Japan! If you're looking for a unique date night experience, Asakusa is a great place to start. Just be sure to visit before 11 p.m. when the lighting of Sensoji Temple ends.

During the day, the area is packed with tourists, but at night, it takes on a more grown-up vibe, making it perfect for a romantic night out with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Start the evening with a quiet dinner at Matsuya Asakusa in front of the station. Then head over to Kamiya Bar, the first bar in Japan, located across Kaminarimon-dori from Matsuya. This historic bar has been loved by many literary giants and is known for its unique brandy-based cocktail, "Denkibran," which dates back to the Meiji era.

Asakusa at night is an enchanting experience that you won't want to miss. Whether you're exploring the stunning street art, soaking up the temple's illuminated beauty, or enjoying a romantic night out, Asakusa is the place to go. So plan your visit today and discover the magic of Asakusa at night!

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