Xperience Team

25 Apr 2024 - 4 min read

Faces of Tokyo : Street Photography in Tokyo

Besides being known as the leaders in innovation and technology, the country of sakura trees is also known as the Cultural Powerhouse which intertwined between the modern society together with their unique traditional culture. From the high-tall building that is full of advanced technologies to the ancient temples and shrines that are well maintained and even becoming one of the main attractions not only for Japanese people, but also for visitors from all around the world. Especially its famous capital city of Tokyo is truly an intriguing place to come by.

Tokyo might be the capital city of Japan which has the fastest growing technology development, but it doesn’t mean they lose their uniqueness and traditional credibility over that advancement. In Tokyo, you could still see many things that are especially unique that you can only find in the city, from the historical temple of Sensooji Temple, to the world’s busiest crosswalk, Shibuya Crossing. Tokyo has the most interesting and lively streets with numerous photo spots that you can only get there.

Here Traveloka would list down some of the popular Street Photography that you can find only in Tokyo, Japan.

1. Kabukicho, Shinjuku

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Renowned for its dazzling display of neon signs lining up across the streets, it is truly a blinding sight to behold in Kabukicho. The sign itself is just an ordinary sign to advertise bars, restaurants, and numerous entertainment venues, but all of that makes a visually striking and energetic backdrop for your photos, especially during night time.

Kabukicho is actually the red-light district located in Shinjuku district which would be lively every time the night fell. Together with the vibrant neon light sign, the roads that buzz with activities truly capture the nightlife atmosphere in Tokyo.

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2. Omoide Yokocho, Shinjuku

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Omoide Yokocho, which translated into the memory lane, truly lives up to its name. The place would bring you back to the old traditional Japan with numerous restaurants and izakayas that are making a nostalgic atmosphere of the old era of Tokyo. The close quarters and low lighting of the street creates a sense of intimacy which is a perfect spot for capturing candid moments or interaction between one and another.

Not only about the street’s atmosphere that is worth-to take photos from, the foods and drink as well the vibrant activities inside each the izakayas is also one of the worth picture to take from, where it can told people on how Japanese izakaya usually works together with their mouth watering foods and drinks.

3. Shibuya Crossing, Shibuya


If you love the country of Japan, you must know about the busiest street in the whole world, Shibuya Crossing, which has always been crowded whenever it is. And now, it is one of the most popular spots for photoshoots for professional photographers and content creators from all around the world.

With giant screens and buildings surrounding the intersection, there are endless possibilities of angles that you can get for capturing this famous crossing platform. If you don’t want to take the picture from a mile away inside the tall building surrounding the area, you could choose to partake on the street below, and take some picture straight away from the streets where you can take some more intimate picture on how busy is the street as well as the activities of the people who crossing this busy street.

4. Harajuku, Shibuya

A famous spot that is known for street photography where it offers the unique fashion, youth culture and many other interesting locations where you can get numerous beautiful photos. Harajuku houses several unique spots for photography, starting from the Takeshita street, which is the heart of Harajuku’s fashion scene, you can encounter numerous youngsters wearing trendy clothes from kawaii to gothic lolita cosplay. Not only that, Takeshita Street also can be said as the heaven for-fashion in Japan where you can also see other dressing styles from vintage clothing, streetwear and even traditional kimonos.

Aside from the busy Takeshita street, you should consider taking some photos of the Yoyogi Park located nearby. If you went during sakura season you might be able to witness for yourself the majestic sakura trees that beautifully blossom under the pink-white petals fluttering around making that dreamy-like atmosphere.

5. Akihabara, Shibuya

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Another splendid spot for you to take some street photography at. Akihabara is also known as the electronic paradise where you would be able to see numerous towering buildings that are decorated with neon signs advertising the latest gadget and anime characters that create that visually electrifying atmosphere. The place truly expresses the energy and excitement of Akihabara’s vibrant culture.

Besides, Akihabara is also known as the heaven for cosplayers where you can take photos from, of course with each of the cosplayers consent. For those of you who love anime, games and any other related hobby, this place will truly become your paradise. With numerous anime and games related stores in every inch of the street that you can visit, there are truly a lot of things that you can enjoy and make some memories around the area.

6. Ginza, Chuo

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Ginza in Chuo Districts is one of the popular photo spots that offer the blend of elegance, sophistications and hidden gems, where you will be welcome by numerous world-renowned luxury brands along the streets as well the architectural gems from the classic Ginza Wako building to the fresh modern GINZA SIX complex which offer stunning backdrop for your photos.

Other than that you will be also expected to see numerous hidden gems beyond the main-busy streets, where you can visit and enjoy the small cafes, traditional shops and local bars where you can take some good picture of the different side of the luxurious Ginza area and offering a chance to take some unique street scenes into your memory banks.

Flight to Tokyo

Japan Airlines

Start from US$ 51.85

Akita (AXT) to Tokyo (HND)

Fri, 23 Aug 2024

Skymark Airlines

Start from US$ 64.39

Kobe (UKB) to Tokyo (HND)

Tue, 20 Aug 2024


Start from US$ 66.61

Kitakyushu (KKJ) to Tokyo (HND)

Mon, 5 Aug 2024

Here you go some of the recommended spots for street photography located around the Tokyo Area that you must-visit. From a location that offers the tradition of the old era of Tokyo, to a place that is glittering with neon lights and giving out that vibrant atmosphere to your photos. If you would like to visit Tokyo soon, Traveloka would gladly help you in booking the flights, hotels, and numerous tourist attractions and activities mentioned above with the best price! Now, what are you waiting for? Grab yours fast where various entertainment locations are waiting to be explored!

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