Updated: December 13, 2018
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Hot Spots for Street Photography in Tokyo


Whether you use film, digital or even just your phone, Tokyo is a paradise for street photographers. Here are some of the best spots to get great shots.

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Tokyo has reigned as a mecca for photographers for decades. Not only it's one of the biggest and most interesting cities in the world, but it's also the safest.
It is so diverse, so dynamic, that anyone who visits this mega-metropolis is blown away by its visual landscape. From bright lights, small alleys to temples, you could spend a lifetime capturing its everyday scenes.
But if you're just visiting, be sure to check out these hot spots!


Shibuya is the home of the most famous crossing in the world. It is also a meeting point for youngsters, a massive commercial and business center, and perhaps one of the most interesting places for people-watching.
During the day or night, make sure to visit!

Special mention to Shibuya's Halloween.
The celebration is fairly new in Japan, but the Japanese embraced it with full-force. It was reported that over 1 million people joined this year.
If you're around on October 31st, put on your costume, get your camera and start shooting!

Asakusa and Ueno

During the Edo period (1603-1867), Asakusa was Tokyo's most important entertainment district, hosting many kabuki theaters and a large red light district.
Today, it is better known for the great Sensoji temple and Nakamise Dori, the oldest shopping street in Japan.
The temple and its visitors offer beautiful images for those who visit.
Just a few minutes walking from Asakusa you'll get to Ueno, a district famous for the expansive Ueno Park and its cluster of museums.
Although Ueno has lots of new constructions, it never the lost the old days' vibes, and some might even say it's wonderfully decadent.


Located between Shinjuku and Shibuya, Harajuku is the birthplace of street fashion in Tokyo.
This is where you'll get to see the most outrageous outfits, cosplayers, and innovative creations. It's a melting pot for Japan's pop culture.
And the best part? They absolutely love being photographed.

Shinjuku, Kabukicho and Golden Gai

Shinjuku pretty much sums up what one might expect from Tokyo: tall buildings, crowded streets, lots of neon lights and giant TV panels. There's plenty to do, to eat, to see.
But actually, it could be divided into two, East and West Shinjuku.
On the west side of Shinjuku Station, there are some of the city's tallest high-rise buildings, government offices and hotels.
On the East side, though, we have Kabukicho.
The seedy part of Shinjuku is packed with neon lights and crowded streets and is considered the city's red light district. The neighborhood is a hub for many host and hostess clubs, love hotels, shops, restaurants, and nightclubs, and is often called the "Sleepless Town". Take care while walking around during the night!
Golden Gai is part of Kabukicho but offers a completely different experience. Composed of 6 narrow streets, it retains the post-war charm of scruffiness and has over 200 mini bars. Frequented by both foreigners and locals, it's the place to go if you're looking for an adventure!

Trains and Subway

Anyone who's come to Tokyo has snapped at least one shot whether inside the trains or on its platforms. Maybe it's the crowdedness, the peacefully sleeping passengers, or just some peculiar character. Whatever the reason, it's undeniable: the public transport in Tokyo is impossible not to capture.
Even though the Japanese themselves are photography fanatics and don't seem to mind being photographed, good sense and respect when choosing your subjects will make it all a fun and pleasant experience for everyone!

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