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Tokyo By Night

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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 Travelers Choose 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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Departure Point

1-chōme-1-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan

Shinjuku Station West Side

Departure Time

7:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Experience the fascinating nighttime environment of Tokyo during a 2.5-hour, small-group photo adventure with a professional guide. The visual buffet that is Tokyo comes to life when the sun sets, offering photographers a fantastic opportunity to practice their composition and long exposure technique. A professional photographer will guide you and teach you the necessary camera settings and skills along the way.

You will begin in the Shinjuku district, a bustling evening district that surrounds Japan’s busiest railway station. Admire some of Tokyo’s neon lights as your guide offers photo tips and insider knowledge about the area. Set up your tripod for long-exposure shots of the urban traffic, capturing the light trails of passing cars.

After getting your fill of colorful Shinjuku’s traffic and back alleys, you will journey by train to the 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 people pass though the busy intersection. Head on to the Shibuya station, your camera full of plenty of great images to share with family and friends back home.
Stop At:  
Kabukicho District
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Omoide Yokochō (Memory Lane)
Memory Lane
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Shibuya Crossing
Shibuya crossing
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY EYExplore Tokyo
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "I would suggest that Viator allow the operators to post maps/photos of meeting points, otherwise contact Eyexplore to get more detailed directions where to meet." See review


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, Mar 2020
Charles was very friendly and profesional. Great Locations and wonderful photos. We would definitly book again.
Night Photography Tour
Aaron C
, Dec 2019
Really enjoyed the small group tour, visiting some interesting night scenes in Tokyo. Charles, the guide, offered great feedback and tips for proper camera settings to best capture the scenes. The only issue I had was finding the meeting point and although I arrived 10 minutes early to the Shinjuku Station, I was 10 mins late finding the group as the station is huge and the directions were crystal clear for someone not familiar with the area. I would suggest that Viator allow the operators to post maps/photos of meeting points, otherwise contact Eyexplore to get more detailed directions where to meet.
Best Photography Tour
Lina H
, Oct 2019
This tour was really enjoyable. Charles was super nice and very knowledgeable. He made sure to spend time with everyone. We all had superb long exposure photos. Even thought it rained, he had alternate plans. This tour is highly recommended!
A splendid evening for keen photographers
, Aug 2019
I've enjoyed this photography a lot. Charles showed me some really interesting techniques and gave me great suggestions and professional advice for how to take great shots in a big city during night time. Also was he a great guide on the human side: Funny, talkative, interested in showing his skills and helping me to make my pictures some really great ones. To me this was a definite highlight of my week in Tokyo and everybody whol likes to take photos should definitely consider to participate in one of Eyexplorer's activities and tours. 100% recommended.
Tokyo Night Photography Tour
, Mar 2019
Charles was the very fun, cool, and expert in photography. I got much more expected in this tour and would recommend to anyone who is interested.
Had a great time, learned a lot, and...
Dan J F
, Mar 2018
Had a great time, learned a lot, and will go home with some amazing nighttime images of Tokyo--what could be better?!
Lukasz was great. We appreciated the...
Karen B
, Feb 2018
Lukasz was great. We appreciated the workshop style approach... demonstration and then practice. Lukasz knew our cameras (a canon and a Fuji) so could quickly give us pointers and tell us how to adjust to conditions. He also made the steps easy enough to execute on our own later. Highly recommended.
Great tour! Guide Luke was wonderful...
Randy P
, Feb 2018
Great tour! Guide Luke was wonderful, taking time with each of us --from me the beginner! to the most experienced photographer. Provided us with excellent photo opportunities, instruction, patience, and in the end, great photo memories. Definitely recommend for those who want some special photo shots of their time in Tokyo!
I really enjoyed this. Stefane was...
Carolyn W
, Nov 2017
I really enjoyed this. Stefane was patient and very knowledgeable and allowed us the opportunity to learn more about my camera and its capabilities as well as looking for the right shot. Highly recommended and I bought home some great shots!
Lukasz was nice, patient and careful to...
George R
, Oct 2017
Lukasz was nice, patient and careful to ensure we all got the shots we wanted. It was VERY helpful that he scoped out positions from which to photograph for us - that saved tons of time for me to find good spots. All in all, it was a very good experience.

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