1. Senso-Ji Temple
Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. It is Tokyo's oldest temple, and one of its most significant. We recommend arriving at the temple as close to 6am as possible to beat the crowds.
2. Ueno Onshi Park
Ueno Park is a spacious public park in the Ueno district of Taitō, Tokyo, Japan. There are several photo opportunities throughout the entire park and we encourage you to explore around! Some of our favorite temples were located on the second level terrace, above the lake, which also makes for a beautiful photo op.
3. Akihabara district (street views)
Akihabara street aka anime heaven was one of the coolest city landscapes we visited while being in Tokyo. Located in central Tokyo, Akihabara was originally made famous for its multiple electronic shops. Now people visit from all over the world to get awesome photos amongst the lights and hustle.
4. Hie Shrine (orange gates)
A Japan must see, the Hie Shrine is a hidden Tokyo treasure. Located in the center of Tokyo, near the National Diet Building, this shrine and its surrounding foliage is nestled within the city. After you walk up the first round of stairs in front of the temple, take a left and you’ll run right into the orange gates.
5. Harajuku district (cotton candy)
This is where Instagram photo dreamsssss are made of. Harajuku District stole our hearts, and our wallets with how many treats we indulged in! From rainbow cotton candy to ice cream animal sculptures, Harajuku is a must see if you’re looking for an authentic Tokyo experience.
6. Teamlab Borderless Museum
One of our most memorable adventures in Japan brought us to the doors of the Teamlab Borderless Museum. Between the hundreds of mirrors, lights, and optical illusions, the rooms of this museum truly feel borderless. Photo taking is encouraged, but space is limited with how busy the museum gets. We waited in line for 30 minutes to get access into the “Lantern Room” and it was well worth it, check out the shots!
7. The Chureito Pagoda Lookout
Getting to this lookout point was no easy task, but extremely worth the 400 step climb. The pagoda is part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine, travelers must get themselves to the front of the shrine and then begin the climb, the Pagoda will be nestled off to the left once you reach the top! Expect incredible views of both Japan and Mt.Fuji in the distance.
8. Memory Lane
Known for its hole in the wall restaurants that have lines around the corner, Memory Lane is a must see when looking for authentic Japense cuisine. We shot time lapses, took photos with the remaining cherry blossoms, and ate all the Sobu noodles our hearts (and tummy’s) could handle.
9. Meiji Jingu Shrine (sake barrels)
If you’re making the stop at Harajuku then the Meji Jingu Shrine / Park needs to be on the itinerary as well! Located about 10 minutes away from Harajuku St. this peaceful park is nestled within the hustle and bustle of city life - giving us all the “Central Park in NY” vibes. A point of interest in this park (and a great photo backdrop) is the wall of empty sake bottles that are about a 10 minute walk through the entrance, just continue walking forward, you won’t miss them!