Visiting The Amazing Sensoji On A Crowded Weekend

Written by Katherine

February 8, 2013
Last Updated on March 5, 2024

After a fulfilling meal at Tempura Daikokuya, it was time for us to visit one of the oldest and most significant temples in Tokyo, Sensoji. Come along with me as I give you a peek into the crowd at Sensoji on a busy weekend! (´• ω •`)ノ

BEFORE YOU GO

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Visiting Sensoji on a Busy Weekend

After our “breakfast” at Tempura Daikokuya, we came out onto the main street to be greeted by A LOT of people. We came to Asakusa on a Sunday, and that might explain why there were so many people that day. But we honestly did NOT expect the area to be so overwhelmingly crowded.

Feng and I generally do not like crowded places. We are the kind of people who would try to avoid them as much as possible, given the choice. If there is a long queue, you will most probably not find us in it. But when we are overseas, we would be “forced” to do such things else we will not be able to see or enjoy a lot of what the country offers. So, unfortunately, we had to tackle the crowd in order to see the beautiful Sensoji! (-ω-、)

A Lot of Shops and A Lot of People EVERYWHERE

A lot of shops lined the main street as we made our way towards Sensoji. These shops offer a wide range of items, such as souvenirs, snacks, and accessories. I came by a shop selling a cute-looking Doraemon figure and could not resist buying it. I mean, of all things, I decided to buy something unrelated to Sensoji. Haha! Great job. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Anyway, there were just way too many people walking along the main street! It was so hard to stop and take photos of the shops and what they offer. It was also very hard to find room to wiggle around with my huge camera bag, so we just kept moving forward with the crowd. (´-ω-`) As we get nearer to the main entrance, there just seem to be even more people around us, and I don’t know why! ٩(× ×)۶

Similar to the Hokkaido Shrine that we visited in Sapporo, there is a place for you to get your omikuji for your fortune. I thought I would see more tourists since Sensoji is a popular tourist spot. But interestingly, there were actually a lot of locals as well. So with these two combinations, the inside of Sensoji was superbly crowded! Feng and I did a quick tour inside the temple, and we decided to escape to the main street after a short while. We just COULD NOT handle the crowd. (*/ω\)

Take a Break, Have some Takoyaki

There are a lot of food stalls on the main street, and we decided to buy a box of BIG takoyaki. It is not that we don’t have takoyaki in Singapore, but we don’t have huge ones here. Also, we were influenced by Gokusen as takoyaki kept making an appearance in the drama. Haha! We thought the takoyaki would be big, but it came out looking normal. Kind of disappointed, but at least it tasted okay. (´• ω •`)

As we were having our takoyaki by the side of the main street, the crowd just kept growing! We got too tired of having to deal with the crowd, so we did not head back to Sensoji to explore further. (×_×)⌒☆

Spotting Tokyo Skytree from Asakusa

As we were walking to Asakusa station, there was a little commotion going on with some school kids. They kept pointing to something, and at that time, I did not know what it was. So I just randomly took a photo of it out of curiosity and because it looked so tall. I was thinking it might be the new Tokyo Skytree, and it turned out I was right! Haha!

I don’t remember the spot where I took this photo. But since Tokyo Skytree is the tallest building in Tokyo, I am sure you can spot it easily when you are at Asakusa! ( ´ ω ` ) I will definitely be visiting it in future, though Tokyo Tower will always be the icon of Tokyo in my heart.

Little Tips for Exploring Sensoji

Now that you have taken a peek at how crowded Sensoji can get on a weekend, let me share with you some little tips to help you make the most of your visit to this beautiful temple in Tokyo.

ALWAYS Plan Your Visit in Advance

We planned our visit in advance, but we DID NOT expect it to be so crowded by the time we finished our meal at Tempura Daikokuya. We should also have expected a large crowd on the weekend, something we did not think of during our planning. If possible, try to arrive early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the peak hours! (´• ω •`)

Take Public Transportation Instead

ALWAYS take public transportation, especially on a weekend! Parking spaces are difficult to find at Sensoji, so take public transportation instead. Sensoji is only a short walk from Asakusa station, so it is really convenient to walk there!

Dress Appropriately and Be Respectful

Sensoji might be a popular tourist spot for you, but it is still a place of worship for the locals. So always be respectful of others and the temple. Dress modestly and avoid wearing revealing clothes or clothes with offensive messages on them!

Explore the Temple’s Surroundings and Nearby Streets

There is a lot to see in and around the temple! So if possible, try to set aside some time to explore everything. If possible, maybe don’t eat too much before visiting so you can eat more when exploring the restaurants/shops around the area. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Information on Sensoji

⏰ Opening Hours Kaminarimon: Always open
⛩ Opening Hours for Temple Main Hall: 6 AM – 5 PM (from 6.30 AM October – March)
⏰ Shops’ Opening Hours on Main Street: Usually between 9 AM – 6 PM

🔎 You can find out more about Sensoji from its website link HERE

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