This post's overview:
- 1 10 most instagrammable places in Tokyo, Japan:
- 2 Akihabara
- 2.1 Shibuya crossing
- 2.2 Asakusa temples, markets and streets
- 2.3 Omoide Yokocho
- 2.4 Tokyo vending machines
- 2.5 Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku Shopping mall
- 2.6 The narrow streets near Harajuku
Guess who’s back with the series of the most Instagrammable locations around the world? In this post, I’m happy to continue the series with the most Instagrammable places in Tokyo, Japan, where I spent 3 days exploring the best places and the most beautiful Tokyo photo locations.
Tokyo is huge and so is the number of cool or Instagrammable places in the Japanese capital. You would probably need a week to see them all, as some spots have large queues and some others are closed on certain days (for example, the puff factory was closed on Tuesday – the only day when I could visit it). In this post, I will tell you about 10 photo locations in Tokyo for your perfect Instagram feed.
To get to any of these locations, use Google maps. I used Google maps every day during my entire trip to Japan, and it never failed. Unlike in Seoul, where Google maps just don’t work, and I had to use Citymapper.
10 most instagrammable places in Tokyo, Japan:
Totti Candy Factory in Harajuku, Tokyo
This colourful cotton candy was trending on all the Instagrams of the famous bloggers for the last couple of years and there is a reason for that – it’s huge and it’s really pretty. The cotton candy costs 800 yen and it tastes…well, it looks definitely better than it tastes, however, the queue doesn’t get any smaller – prepare to wait 10-30 min to get your cotton candy.
Hie Shrine in Akasaka
The second of the most Instagrammable places in Tokyo is the Hie Shrine located close to the Akasaka subway station. If you won’t have a chance to visit Kyoto, this is the miniature version of the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine and in the mornings it’s usually empty (during the workdays, of course – nothing is empty in Tokyo on weekends), so you can get your perfect shot.
The artist rooms at Park Hotel Tokyo
If you’re coming to Tokyo and considering staying for a day or longer, I would recommend you to stay in Park Hotel Tokyo and get one of the artist rooms. You can request a room in advance, however, some of the rooms are extremely popular (e.g. Mount Fuji or Cherry Blossom) – you can get a list of the rooms and their photos on the hotel website and pick a room that you like most. We stayed in the Mount Fuji room for 3 nights and we had the best view of the Tokyo Tower. Once we woke up before the sunrise and watched the most amazing sunrise.[vc_message style=”round” message_box_color=”success” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check”]If you’re interested, what camera do I use to take photos, I have two: Sony A7 III with Samyang 35 mm prime lens (super flat and tiny) and Sony A6000.[/vc_message]
If you want to experience the “weird” side of Tokyo, head to Akihabara that is home to countless arcades, anime shops and maid cafes. In my opinion, Akihabara is also pretty Instagrammable as it looks like the Tokyo I always imagined.
Another of the most photogenic locations in
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Asakusa temples, markets and streets
One of my favourite districts in Tokyo for photography and sightseeing is Asakusa. Asakusa is famous for its marvellous shrine that is very beautiful during the day, but it’s especially charming at night. Also, Asakusa has a great market that is also a great spot for photography. Finally, you can see the Tokyo Skytree from there.
The “Piss” Alley or Omoide Yokocho is a piece of Kyoto in Tokyo (well, it is not actually a piece of Kyoto or anyhow connected to Kyoto, but the way it looks – it reminds me of Gion in Kyoto) – it’s a place where you can get a beer & some pork (beef, chicken, tofu) skewers in some tiny & really photogenic eateries. The entire street is full of these eateries. I feel like I’m terrible at describing the street, so please just take a look at the photo below and see how pretty it is.
Tokyo vending machines
Tokyo has a huge amount of vending machines literally on every corner. Some of them can look cool in the photos (Tsss, there is also a marvel vending machine somewhere on the streets of Tokyo).
Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku Shopping mall
The entrance to this shopping mall looks extremely photogenic and attracts a lot of photographers and Instagrammers alike. You can try to be creative and try different angles or just take a standard shot like this one.
The narrow streets near Harajuku
If you want to explore Tokyo properly, don’t just use the big avenues, go off in the narrow streets where you often can find some really good photo locations in Tokyo (and plenty of Instagrammable places in Tokyo as well). Pepe took this shot of me in front of some random pretty restaurant on the way to the Gram restaurant in Harajuku.
Some other places that look very Instagrammable, but I didn’t have a chance to visit them:
TeamLabs Tokyo Interactive museum (it’s better to book online), Kawaii Monster Cafe
Instagrammable food in Tokyo:
The Zoo, Shirohige’s Cream, Gram
I hope you liked this post about the most Instagrammable spots in Tokyo! If you like travelling and you’re interested in some other posts about Instagrammable places around the world, here are my guides to Instagram