Most Instagrammable Spots in Tokyo

Cherry Blossom Chidorigafuchi, Tokyo
Cherry Blossom Chidorigafuchi, Tokyo | Carlos Quiapo / © Culture Trip
Photo of Alicia Joy
Tokyo Writer23 October 2018

Visitors to Japan’s capital will find there’s no shortage of beautiful scenes to photograph and picturesque backdrops to take advantage of. Both man-made and natural, new and traditional, these are Tokyo’s most Instagrammable spots.

Mukojima Hyakkaen

In spring and summer, the clover tunnel at Mukojima Hyakkaen creates the perfect natural frame. Meanwhile, the garden’s Japanese style, decor and tearooms add a traditional touch.

Mukojima Hyak | © John Lander / Alamy Stock Photo

Shibuya Crossing

At any time in the day, visitors can be seen waiting at the curb of Shibuya‘s famous scramble, waiting for the perfect moment to snap a pic.

Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo | © Sean Pavone / Alamy Stock Photo

Todoroki Valley

The Todoroki Ravine Park southwest of central Tokyo is a rare pocket of unspoiled nature and makes for beautiful Instagram shots.

Todoroki valley a secret valley in Setagaya district, Tokyo | © PixHound / Shutterstock


The mirror lined entrance to Tokyu Plaza in Omotesando makes an interesting backdrop, but the district is home to plenty of other unique architectural marvels, as well.

Tokyu Plaza | © oleandra / Alamy Stock Photo

Takeshita Street

Takeshita Street in Harajuku is the neighborhood’s most well known attraction. Always busy, the street is full of interesting shops, trendy cafes and boundless energy.

Takeshita Dori, Tokyo | © Lucas Vallecillos / Alamy Stock Photo

Ueno Toshogu Shrine

The orange torii gates of Ueno Toshogu will keep you satisfied until you can make the trip out to Kyoto, but there’s so much more to this beautiful shrine than that.

Ueno Toshogu Shrine, Ueno Park, Taito-Ku, Tokyo | © World Discovery / Alamy Stock Photo

Golden Gai

The antique buildings of Golden Gai are most beautiful at night.

Golden Gai, Shinjuku, Tokyo | © Lucas Vallecillos / Alamy Stock Photo

Meguro River

The Meguro River makes for beautiful photography, particularly in spring when the cherry blossoms lining the banks are in full bloom.

Cherry blossoms at Meguro River, Tokyo | © ponsulak kunsub / Alamy Stock Photo


Rikugien is a traditional Japanese strolling garden. With ponds, artfully arranged boulders and seasonal light-ups, it’s one of Tokyo’s most picturesque nature scenes at any time of the year.

People walking at the Rikugien park in Tokyo | © Duy Phuong Nguyen / Alamy Stock Photo


Tech lovers and manga otaku will love Akihabara for its bright neon signs, eye catching billboards and costumed ladies trying to attract customers into the cafes.

Chuo Dori street, Akihabara, Tokyo | © Lucas Vallecillos / Alamy Stock Photo

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