Lomography Day Trips: Tokyo, Japan


Pretty much everyone has a touch of Japanophilia (or an interest in Japanese culture) within them. And as recognition to this undeniable fact, this week’s day trip is all about Japan’s capital, Tokyo! Let’s go!

Tokyo is the capital of Japan and the largest metropolitan area in the world. Known officially as Tokyo Metropolis, it is located on the southeastern side of Honshu Island, in the Kanto region. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, as well as the home of the Japanese Imperial Family.

It is considered as one of the top cities in the world (usually part of the top three, just behind New York and London) and it is known for its high cost-of-living among expats. In fact, Tokyo has so much to offer that one simple day trip will not be enough to cover even one-fourth of it!

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First things first though, where should one stay in such a huge city? Tokyo obviously has a plethora of hotels and inns, but why not make the experience memorable and unique by staying in the Capsule Inn in Akihabra?

Photos by strangelilgirl

Easily one of the most well-known and mentioned in popular culture, the district of Shibuya is a major hub for fashion and the different youth subcultures of Japan. It’s easy to see why tourists flock there! It is also home to the Shibuya Station, one of Tokyo’s busiest railway stations, and made notable by the story of Hachikō, the dog who waited on his late master every day from 1923 to 1935.

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But if you’re looking for something less on the commercial and more on the spiritual side, you can head to the Nezu Shrine over at Bunkyō. Built in 1705, it is one of the oldest shrines in Japan.

Photos by silviabes and strangelilgirl

Another interesting aspect of Tokyo (and the whole of Japan) is its abundance of themed cafes. One of them is Hattifnatt Cafe located in the Tokyo suburb called Koenji. Another is the Calico Cat Cafe located in Mitaka.

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And if you ever spot one in the area, don’t miss a chance to visit a branch of Bic Camera! There is a one particular branch in Ikebukuro (along Sunshine Dori) that sells all kinds of cameras and photography-related accessories!

Did we miss your favorite spot? Then tell us! If you’d like to share your favorite location, and see it published here in the Magazine, feel free to send them in as a submission!

Lomo On!

written by geegraphy on 2013-07-10 #places #tokyo #locations #location #asia #lomography #japan #day-trips #lomography-day-trips

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