Tokyo Vacation Photographer | Fantastic Asakusa

As a Tokyo vacation photographer, I receive a lot of inquires for location shoots. Jay, who is originally from Singapore, has sent me an e-mail that he wants to hire me for a vacation portrait photoshoot during his holiday here. Nothing could make me happier as Jay turned out to be a dream client for any portrait photographer living in Japan or anywhere else. 

Tokyo Vacation Photographer | Asakusa, Tokyo
Cristian Bucur Photography
I made this image near Nakamise Street.

Tokyo vacation photographer for hire

As a Tokyo vacation photographer available for hire, my first thought went to what location I should recommend to Jay. This city has so many amazing places to choose from that can be overwhelming to choose only one.

Sometimes even for me, it is tough to make up my mind where to go for vacation photography sessions. Long story short, I decided to select the Asakusa Area, including the Sensoji Temple. This area is amazingly beautiful and charismatic. It can fit any photographic purposes, from families with many children to single travelers who want their memories captured by a local professional photographer. (yes me, you got that right 😉 )

I got asked by these two girls to snap a photo of them on their phone, and I also took one on my camera; I’m still waiting for an e-mail from them to send over this beautiful photograph.

Vacation Portrait Photoshoot | Japanese girls wearing Kimono in Asakusa Area, by Cristian Bucur Photographer in Tokyo Metropolitan Area
Girls wearing Kimonos in Asakusa Area

How to arrive at Asakusa Area? 

Because I don’t live in downtown Tokyo and I have to travel by subway from Yokohama, I still feel like I am a tourist when I go to the city center, which is a great deal as I get to enjoy extra my time during photo sessions. Getting to Asakusa is pretty straightforward, and Google Maps is of great help.

Well, except when it doesn’t work due to inadequate signal coverage. In case you wonder what that suppose to mean, well, because of so many users, aka smartphones per square meter, the signal and data speeds are inferior, and sometimes it’s hard to load anything.

In my case, I started my trip to Asakusa, aiming for Sensoji Temple using Den-en-toshi Line up to Omote-Sando station, where I have changed to Ginza Line until I reached the final destination- Asakusa Station. After that, a five-minute walk got me in front of the fantastic old temple.

If you choose to reach the subway area like me, you might be lucky enough to exit via this beautiful old looking entrance/exit, which you can see down below. I wish a lot more subway entrances would look this good, almost like a statement for this beautiful traditional architecture.

Asakusa subway entrance. Photo by Cristian Bucur Photographer in Tokyo
Beautiful and rare subway entrance classic structure

About the location 

After getting there, I made sure I have enough time to have a coffee and enjoy the street show filled up with tourists and locals alike. This district has an exceptional feel and atmosphere. As a Tokyo vacation photographer, this area is a dream, and there are no wonders why many tourists choose to visit the place.

The main attraction is the Buddhist Temple Sensoji. Asakusa area has mainly been affected by the Second World War. The formerly entertaining parts, like red-light district, theaters, had never been rebuilt.

Nowadays, it has regained its tourists because nearby has set foot Tokyo Skytree, which is only a twenty minutes walk over one of the bridges across Sumida River.

Tokyo Vacation Photographer | Asakusa, Tokyo
Cristian Bucur Photography
Jay, portrayed in front of a place that does palm readings, characterized mostly by foretelling the future, a custom that holds the name “palmistry.”

Right after I finished enjoying my coffee, Jay had arrived, and we started walking around the crowded streets of Asakusa that surrounds the famous Sensoji Temple.

Because casual was the dominant word for our photoshoot, we decided to walk around and stop whenever we wanted to take a photograph that looked interesting due to local architecture details, or simply because we liked the light or other elements present there.

This way, we managed to cover quite a few streets while having fun, including the five-storied Sensoji Pagoda and inside the temple premises.

Other local landmarks to enjoy

Being a Tokyo vacation photographer, I know tips that not many people know. In Asakusa exist a government-owned building with a free entry that has a great view over the entire area. It includes the Nakamise shopping street and the Sensoji Buddhist Temple.

Asakusa Area photographed from the government building by Cristian Bucur Photographer in Tokyo Metropolitan Area
Nakamise Street seen from the government-owned building.

We decided to head to the Sumida Riverside for the closing portrait shots and take a few more portraits with Tokyo Skytree in the background.

I had a fantastic time photographing Jay, and I’m already looking forward to being again his portrait photographer anywhere in Tokyo or beyond.

Tokyo Vacation Photographer | Asakusa, Tokyo
Cristian Bucur Photography
I took this portrait of Jay having the Tokyo Sky Tree in the background.

For any inquiries, please hit the contact button below. I would be delighted to know what your plans are for your incoming trip to Japan. If you’d like to schedule a photography session, I would be pleased to be your professional portrait photographer and Frame Your Life Stories. Keep an eye on my website to find out other fantastic experiences throughout my photography in Japan.

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