5 Must Visit Places in Tokyo for Photographers - A Backpacking Guide to Go People-Watching in Tokyo

5 Must Visit Places in Tokyo for Photographers

A Backpacking Guide to Go People-Watching in Tokyo

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And we are back for another entry of the Solo Traveler's Journal. Continuing from Part 1 where I almost die on Mt Fuji, today, it will be a little less deadly. We will go "people-watching" in the capital city of Japan, Tokyo. From quirky culture, hyper fashion, crazy arcade center to a peaceful walk in the park, let's explore the place where the cool Japanese kids hang out.

Looking for a guide to Kyoto? How to Climb Mt. Fuji and Spend a Day in Kawaguchiko.

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Where to Stay in Tokyo

Tokyo - Khaosan World Hostel - 24 USD/Night

Since the hostel I stayed (Khaosan World Hostel) is right in the middle of the Asakusa area, I decided to visit the Sensoji shrine (Asakusa Kannon Temple) first.

Boy, was it a mistake

Boy, was it a mistake. There were so many people I couldn't even get one decent shot of the iconic lamp (Kaminarimon). Since the area is open 24 hours and my hostel was near, I decided to go to Harajuku first and then came back later at night.

1. Go People-Watching in Harajuku

Harajuku

As I arrived in Harajuku, I saw a large group of people surrounding this one restaurant. Turned out this bad boy just arrived at the Sushi restaurant.

The first thing I did was I walked into the Takeshita Street, a shopping street where the cool Harajuku kids love to hang out

The first thing I did was I walked into Takeshita Street, a shopping street where the cool Harajuku kids love to hang out. Since it was also Saturday, it was extra busy.

This is the Takeshita street in Harajuku on a Saturday!

This is the Takeshita street in Harajuku on a Saturday!

Cool kids only!

Cool kids only!

I saw this girl trying to sell me a Hello Kitty shirt

I saw this girl trying to sell me a Hello Kitty shirt. I found her quite interesting so I snapped a photo of her. Nothing screams Japan more than Hello Kitty.

Apparently, there was a Girl's Generation concert in Harajuku when I was there

Apparently, there was a Girl's Generation concert in Harajuku when I was there. No wonder why people dressed a little extra crazy around the area!

2. Stroll Around Meiji Park

Meiji Park and Shrine

Nearby, there is a very nice park called Meiji Park where most Japanese wedding takes place. The park is a great demonstration of how nature can coexist with modern architecture surrounding it.

Meiji Park is a great place to hide from all the heat and crowdedness of Tokyo

Meiji Park is a great place to hide from all the heat and crowdedness of Tokyo.

Who would imagine a full-blown forest like this could be found in a space concerned city like Tokyo

Who would imagine a full-blown forest like this could be found in a space concerned city like Tokyo.

The Japanese attention to detail is astoundingly impressive

The Japanese attention to detail is astoundingly impressive. Everything must be perfectly created. They don't even bother creating a half-ass product here.

Inside, there are several shrines scattered throughout the park where people can come and pray

Inside, there are several shrines scattered throughout the park where people can come and pray.

The cleansing well for prayers to cleansed their hands or drink it before praying

The cleansing well for prayers to cleansed their hands or drink it before praying.

Ema is a small wooden plaques you find in most temples around Japan

Ema is a small wooden plaques you find in most temples around Japan. Shinto worshippers write their prayers or wishes and left them hanging at the shrine.

After a few hours of peaceful solitude, it's time to get back to the city!

After a few hours of peaceful solitude, it's time to get back to the city!

3. Experience the Japanese Game Arcade

Visit Shibuya and Witness the Shibuya Crossing

As I was walking around Shibuya trying to find my way to see the legendary Shibuya crossing, I stumbled upon a 3 floors arcade center called Taito Arcade Center. It's amazing how lively and popular the arcade center still is in Japan.

I guess this is one of the few ways people living in a very strict society like Tokyo relieved stress from their daily routine

I guess this is one of the few ways people living in a very strict society like Tokyo relieved stress from their daily routine.

Games are not just a guy thing here in Japan

Everyone is expressing themselves, being who they are in the arcade center.

4. Visit Shibuya and Witness the Shibuya Crossing

And here it is, the Shibuya Crossing! It's amazing how this happens naturally

And here it is, the Shibuya Crossing! It's amazing how this happens naturally. You don't even have to time your visit, it just continue to happen throughout the evening.

What I learned crossing with the Japanese is that their multi-tasking skills are beyond human

What I learned crossing with the Japanese is that their multi-tasking skills are beyond human. Some people kept texting and crossing this road without even looking up once and they didn't bump into each other. I'm not even mad. That is just impressive!

Before heading back to Asakusa, I decided to drop by the Takeshita Street again to see what will be like at night

Before heading back to Asakusa, I decided to drop by the Takeshita Street again to see what will be like at night. It was colorful as expected but a lot less people and a lot cooler now.

5. Visit Asakusa at Night

Asakusa at Night

And as expected, there were a lot less people at 9 PM trying to take a photo of this iconic lamp (Kaminarimon).

I highly recommend you to visit this place at night to get a peaceful experience and more chance at getting a beautiful picture of yourself and the temple

I highly recommend you to visit this place at night to get a peaceful experience and more chance at getting a beautiful picture of yourself and the temple.

That giant statue is super bad ass!

That giant statue is super bad ass!

Here is the Sensoji shrine itself

Here is the Sensoji shrine itself. Took me a couple of minutes camping in the middle of the shrine to get this picture without people.

I'm not sure what this means but I think it has to do with thieves or something

I'm not sure what this means but I think it has to do with thieves or something. Nevertheless, it was a pretty cool sign.

And it was time I headed back to the hostel, get some sleep and prepared for the next trip to Nikko which we will be covering in the next part of the Solo traveler's journal #10

And it was time I headed back to the hostel, get some sleep and prepared for the next trip to Nikko which we will be covering in the next part of the Solo traveler's journal #10. Stay tuned!

Continue Reading the Next Part: A Backpacking Guide on Things to Do in Nikko.

The Solo Traveler’s Journal is a series of posts by BucketListly where we will follow our founder, Pete Rojwongsuriya around the world as he singlehandedly travel alone and experience different cultures, people, and historical locations one country at a time.

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