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Must See Tokyo Photography Travel Locations
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5 Must See Tokyo Photography Travel Locations
Tokyo is the best city in the world when it comes to photography. When you have a country that manufactures some of the largest photography brands in the world (Canon, Nikon…), it makes sense that photography is a pretty big part of Japanese culture. Living in Japan made me a better photographer because I was constantly exposed to new equipment and the art world. If you’re a photographer or love photography, the next time you’re in Tokyo, you should think about visiting one of these fun Tokyo Photography Travel locations!

1. Shinjuku Camera Town

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Shinjuku Tokyo is home to Tokyo’s camera town. Here you will find a ton of used camera shops as well as Yodobashi Camera. For a photographer, this place is heaven on Earth. Directions: Just take the train to Shinjuku Station and go out the West Exit. You will see Yodobashi Camera across the street.

2. The Hara Museum

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The Hara Museum
The Hara Museum has long been one of Tokyo’s premier contemporary art museums. This world gallery houses works from world-class artists and is an important piece of the art world. Directions: 15 minute walk from Shinagawa Station
  • HOURS: 11:00 – 17:00 (Wednesdays until 20:00); Closed Mondays and New Year holidays
  • ADMISSION: ¥1100
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Must See Tokyo Photography Travel Locations
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My friend and I at the Hara Museum

3. The Photographer’s Bar in Golden Gai, Kodoji

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Kodoji is a bar in Shinjuku’s Golden Gai District or the infamous Kabukicho district. This bar is small and quaint and completely covered in photographs! It’s said that a number of famous photographers have stopped here for a drink. You never know who you might be sitting next to! The place was a little hard to find, but it was well worth it. Walking in, you’ll probably see a few other photographers with cameras at the bar chatting up the friendly bartender. Directions to the Golden Gai District: 1 Chome Kabukicho, 新宿区 Tokyo 160-0021, Japan

4. Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

Located in Ebisu, this is a Tokyo photography location not to miss! It hosts exhibitions of famous photographers from around the world. This museum, however has been under an extensive renovation for over a year, but it opens again in Fall of 2016! Directions: Just take the train to Ebisu station

5. National Art Center Tokyo

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The National Art Center is worth a visit on its own. The architecture here will blow your pants off! Inside, you’ll also find a small library with a ton of art and photography books for you to browse, though. This is one of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon in Tokyo!
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Directions 7 Chome-22-2 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo 106-8558, Japan By train
  • Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Nogizaka Station Exit 6 is directly connected to the Center
  • Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Roppongi Station 5-minute walk from Exit 4a
  • Toei Oedo Subway Line Roppongi Station 4-minute walk from Exit 7

If you’re heading to Tokyo soon, I highly recommend my book Hidden Tokyo. It’s filled with tons of insights on a range of activities around Tokyo.  It also helps to explain this complex city better by dissecting 18 different major neighborhoods into chapters, with around 400 pages of pure Tokyo insight & recommendations. It lays out the city in a way that you can grasp!  


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