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Explore the electric nighttime atmosphere of Tokyo during this 2.5-hour, small-group evening photography tour. Learn from a professional photographer guide how to use a tripod to capture long exposures of traffic light trails streaming through the city. Wander the neon-tinged streets of Tokyo’s Shinjuku and Shibuya, learning tips for composition and technique along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for great shots and you’re sure to capture some great images of both the city’s iconic and lesser-known sights. This personalized, small-group excursion, limited to just 6 participants, also offers an optional tripod rental upgrade.


  • 2.5 hour Tokyo photography tour at night
  • Capture neon signs and illuminated landmarks through a camera lens equipped with manual overrides
  • Explore the neighborhoods of Shibuya and Shinjuku after dark
  • Get photography tips and insider knowledge from an expert guide
  • Learn to use a tripod for long exposure, and opt to include one or bring your own
  • Small-group tour limited to six people ensures personalized attention

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Capture bustling neon-lit Shibuya Crossing with long exposure and experience Charlotte's second foray in the 2003 film 'Lost in Translation.'

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What You Can Expect

Tokyo Night Photography Tour

Tokyo Night Photography Tour

Take a closer look at the fascinating nighttime environment of Tokyo during a 2.5-hour, small-group photography tour with professional guide. The visual buffet that is Tokyo comes to life when the sun sets, offering photographers a fantastic opportunity to practice their composition, long exposure skills and technique with the help of a professional photographer to guide you along the way.

Start your photo outing in the evening, at the Information center at JR Shinjuku Station East Gate, where you’ll meet your guide. Begin your excursion with a short lesson on various photo techniques, including aim, tripod setup and long exposure. Feel free to bring along other lenses if you want some additional options during the tour.

Proceed out into the Shinjuku district, a busy district of evening activity that surrounds Japan’s busiest railway station. Admire some of Tokyo’s tallest buildings and listen as your guide offers a few photo tips and insider knowledge about the area. Spend some time looking for great shots, or set up your tripod to capture a long-exposure view of the blurring cars as they pass by.

After getting your fill of colorful Shinjuku’s back alleys, trains and traffic, journey by subway to nearby Shibuya (at your own expense). Train your camera lens on the crowds of people that flock to this Tokyo district of nightlife and youth culture, admiring the glowing signage of the area’s many entertainment, drinking and dining venues.

Finish your photo trip at the famous Shibuya Crossing, memorialized in the 2003 film Lost in Translation, as you watch thousands of Japanese pass though the busy intersection. Head on to Shibuya station, your camera full of plenty of great images to share with family and friends back home.

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Customer Reviews

Chandra k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Lukasz was our guide and he made sure that the tour was fun and at the same time helped to compose and shoot nice pictures. Highly recommend to any one interested in night photography.

Jonathan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Terrific outing. Lukas was a great host and pro. Took the time to help set-up shots as needed. No worries if you're an amateur either. Highly recommended!

Rebecca Jane W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was the highlight of my entire 12 days in Japan. It was so much more than I expected. I anticipated photographing the neon signs, but Lucas taught us so much more about long exposure, streaming car lights and setting up tripods in unusual spots, like under a bridge, leaning over the railway. I plan to come back to Tokyo next year and will do another tour with this company. I had a fantastic time and have some amazing photos as a result. I highly recommend this tour to those with an interest in photography at any level - absolute beginner to some experience. Lucas is a great teacher, knowledgeable about cameras, the Tokyo areas and worked so well with us all. He was very helpful.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The photography tour around Tokyo was great, we went to several locations for taking some amazing night photos. Our guide was very knowledgeable of both photography and the Tokyo area.

Yin Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was such a fantastic tour. It caters for all skill levels and the guide spent equal time with everyone. He was easy to understand and helped everyone improve their skills. Ending the tour at shibuya at the world's busiest crossing was just a highlight and will stay with us long after all other memories fade.

Will G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

So much fun. This is a great way to see new spots in Tokyo and get some great images to take home with you!

Louise B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a week in Tokyo and took this tour 2 nights in. The instructions for meeting area were very clear. Our guide, Heath, was fantastic. We went to some great spots and he was able to support for any type of ability. He also answered questions about Tokyo we had. Would definately recommend tour.

Andrew W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Loved this tour. Great locations and very professional and helpful guide! I'm taking a photography workshop with this company later this month.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very good photo tour by night. I really learned a lot of technics and came back with great shots.
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5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is a must for any photographer. Our guide, Lucas, was the best. Even though it was raining, it was perfect. As a matter of fact, the lights and reflections from the water even enhanced the photo ops. It was perfect.

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