Shooting Tokyo

Shooting Tokyo

I often get emails from people getting ready to travel to Tokyo asking for advice on where to go shooting in Tokyo.   Tokyo is such a fascinating city.  It is bigger than you can possibly imagine.   I have spend much of my time as a photographer shooting Tokyo.  I know explore most parts of this city with my camera and pulled together this guide of my favorite places to shoot.

I bet you could ask 10 photographers where there favorite places are to shoot and get 10 very different answers.   I tend to shoot as I am going about my life so much of my photography is ‘daily life’ or places I have chosen to visit.  I have not actually photographed many of the ‘tourist’ places and I probably need to do a bit more of that.

Here is my Tokyo…as I live it and shoot it.

One of my favorite little places is called Yakitori Ally, or Omoide Yokocho, in Shinjuku.  Cramped bars and restaurants give you a view into post war Japan.    It has a great atmosphere for early evening photography.

Yakitori Alley

Yakatori Alley

Yakatori Alley

Another favorite is Hamonica Yokocho in Kichijoji.   In the 1940s it was an underground flea market but now a few alleys of unique bars, restaurants and shops.   It is smoky, crowded and everyone is very friendly.  You can get there from Shinjuku in about 20 minutes by train.

Kichijoji

Kichijoji

There is a great little section on the edge of Yurakucho and Ginza that lines the train tracks.  It is a maze of little alleys of Yakitori restaurants and Izakaiya bars.   The mix of people, smoke, light and food makes for a great atmosphere for taking photos.

Yurakucho

Yurakucho

One of my favorite spots for night shooting is Shinjuku’s Golden Gai.  It is a small area of Shinjuku that is famous by architectural interest as well as a budding nightlife area.     There are over 200 tiny shanty-style bars and restaurants within the six narrow alleys that make up Golden Gai.    Golden Gai provides a view into the relatively recent past of Tokyo when much of the city was made up of narrow lanes and tiny two story buildings.   You can find Golden Gai a few minutes from the East Exit of Shinjuku Station between the Shinjuku City Office and the Hanazono Shrine.

Golden Gai

Golden Gai

Most of these bars seat only 5 to 6 people adding to their charm.

Golden Gai

Golden Gai

Golden Gai in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Golden Gai

Golden Gai is full of interesting characters…

Golden Gai

Golden Gai

Just on the edge of Golden Gai and Korea Town there are a few noodle shops where you can see chefs hand tossing Chinese noodles…

Noodle Maker

With Tokyo being such a crowded city it can look extremely empty late at night or early in the morning making for very interesting photography…

Shinjuku

Shinjuku

There are small temples everywhere in Tokyo.  I found many of them simply searching on Google Maps.  They are all different and full of little charms to photograph.

Inari Jinja

Inari Jinja

Yutenji

Buddah

Tokyo is full of parks you can spend hours in.  One of my favorites is Yoyogi Park.   It is located right next to Meji Jingu Shrine and Harajuku.   It is great for people watching and photography…

Yoyogi Park

Then of course there is Shibuya…probably my most favorite place to photograph.   Something is always going on in Shibuya.

This is Hachiko…the famous loyal dog!

Hachiko

…and Shibuya’s famous crossing.  It gets so busy that up to 3,000 people cross at a single light change.   Check out this time lapse video to see just how busy it is.

Shibuya Crossing

If you go to the Marc City Hotel… you can take the guest elevator to the 25th floor and get a great view of the crossing from above.

Shibuya Crossing

…and some roof top soccer!

Roof Top Soccer in Shibuya

There are always bands performing outside Shibuya Station

Singer at Shibuya Station

As well as lots of interesting people…

Hip Chick in Koenji

If you have kids you need to take a quick trip over to Hamamatsucho and check out the Pokemon Shop.  It is quite a sight and they sell Pokemon items that are only available in that shop.

Hamamatsusho

Hamamatsusho

Pokemon in Hamamatsusho

I do the majority of my shooting on the train.   The green ring on this map is the Yamanote Line.   It takes one full hour to make the complete circle.  You can get off at just about any stop and find interesting things to photograph or simply ride the train and catch the action going on in the train and at the station.

Tokyo Train Map

The stations are massive and often packed which can lead to all sorts of photographic opportunities.

Shinjuku Station

Jiyugaoka Station

Shibuya Station

Jiyugaoka Station

Shibuya Station

Get up early and catch the Tokyo Commute at Shibuya Station at 8:30-8:45Am… it will be a rush of people like you have never experienced before.

Shibuya Station

Or stay up late and experience the crowd on ‘last train’ at 1AM…

Shibuya Station

Or even better, stay up all night and ride ‘first train’ home…

First Train

I love shooting myself in these mirrors…

Me in the mirror

…the girl over my shoulder was amused.

Me in the mirror

Also pay attention to the different signage around Japan… it can make for some great photography as well.

Tokyo Train Signs

Tokyo Train Signs

Japan has a lot of holiday’s which make for great opportunities for photography starting with New Year’s Day

Meji Jingu Shrine

Jiyugaoka Temple

Jiyugaoka Temple

Yutenji Temple

New Year’s Day is quickly followed by Coming of Age Day on the second Monday of January.   The streets of Tokyo fill with young Kimono clad women everywhere you turn celebrating their entrance into adulthood…

Coming of Age Day

Coming of Age Day

Early April brings the Cherry Blossoms. There is no better place to see them than along Meguro River in Nakameguro. Festivals are held all along the river. Crowds pour in to eat and drink along the river under the pink flowers…

Cherry Blossoms at Meguro River

Cherry Blossoms at Meguro River

Cherry Blossoms at Meguro River

Cherry Blossoms at Meguro River

May 3rd is Constitution Day in Japan.    Japan’s current constitution implemented after World War II in 1947 was drawn up to replace Japan’s militaristic and absolute monarchy and replace it with democracy.   It turned the Emperor of Japan into “the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people” and exercises a purely ceremonial role.   It also formally rejects Japan’s right to wage war which is why it is commonly referred to as the Peace Constitution.   Not everyone in Japan agrees with the new constitution and some people would prefer that the Emperor is ‘returned to power’.    If you look around you will find the Tokyo Riot Police squaring off with those protesting against the new constitution.

Tokyo Riot Police

July and August is filled with Matsuri festivals. It’s a bit hard to explain a Matsuri if you haven’t experienced one but basically people gather in town squares to socialize, drink and occasionally carry this float around…

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

Jiyugaoka Matsuri

At Christmas Tokyo is covered with Christmas lights…

Christmas Light in Tokyo

Christmas Light in Tokyo

When shooting cities always try to get up high.   Many office buildings you can take the elevator to the top and shoot out the window to get a great view of the city… here are a couple of examples.

Shinjuku

Shinjuku

Shinjuku

You can really get a sense of the size of Tokyo this way…
Tokyo Sky Tree

Roppongi Hills Sky View offers you the chance to shoot from the roof for 1,800 yen.   The view is breathtaking and you can get some amazing pictures.   Unfortunately tripods are not allowed.

Roppongi Hill Sky View

Roppongi Hill Sky View

View from Roppongi Hill Sky View

View from Roppongi Hill Sky View

Tokyo has some pretty amazing architecture as well.   Make sure you take time to notice how amazing many of the buildings are like Roppongi Hills…

Roppongi Hills

Tokyo International Forum…

Tokyo International Forum

Shinjuku Maynds Tower…

Shinjuku Maynds Tower

Tokyo Midtown…

Tokyo Midtown

I love cars and Tokyo has some pretty amazing car dealerships.    It is pretty easy to get in and shoot some of the most expensive cars in the world… Like at the Audi Forum Tokyo.

Audi Forum Tokyo

Audi R8 Spyder

Or the Lamborghini Shop in Hiroo….

Tokyo Lamborghini

Tokyo Lamborghini

Japan has an endless number of camera stores but here are my favorites….starting with Leica Ginza.  You can spend hours lusting some of the world’s best and most expensive cameras.

Leica Ginza

Like the lovely Leica M9-P…

Leica Ginza

There is a small gallery on the 2nd floor where you can see some work of the featured artist.   You can also buy some photography books…

Leica Ginza

If you have a habit of breaking your gear like I do…Naoki can fix it for you!   This guy is a Rock Star in my book!

Leica Ginza

Just down the street and across Ginza crossing is the famous Lemon Camera.   It is packed with a huge selection of used cameras and well worth the stop.

Lemon Camera Store in Ginza

Lemon Camera Store in Ginza

Lemon Camera Store in Ginza

In Shinjuku there is MAP camera carrying a selection of new and used cameras…  The basement is Leica but they have floors for Canon, Nikon, Pentax and others.   It’s a cool shop.

MAP Camera in Shinjuku

MAP Camera in Shinjuku

The flagship store of Yodobashi Camera is also in Shinjuku.   It is hard to describe how big this place is… I think it is 8 or 1o buildings now.   Just massive.   Anything you want, they probably have.

Yodobashi Camera

Another great little shop is Lucky Camera just on the other side of Shinjuku Station from Yodobashi.    It is packed with lots of old Leica equipment.

Lucky Camera in Shinjuku

Lucky Camera in Shinjuku

I got a lucky find at Lucky Camera when I first started shooting Leica.  I wanted to find the original plastic 35mm viewfinder.   I called a few shops in Hong Kong who told me I would never find it and if I did it would cost me more than $1,000 USD…then I got lucky at Lucky.

Lucky Camera in Shinjuku

There are also Camera Shows all the time, like this one in Shibuya. Make sure you check local magazines before you come.  There are thousands or more camera shops but these are the ones that I like to go to.   If you are looking for something rare and struggling to find it make sure you check with Bellamy Hunt from Japan Camera Hunter.   He can find anything…

Camera Show in Shinjuku

Camera Show in Shinjuku

Lastly let’s chat about food…  You cannot talk about Tokyo without talking about the amazing food available here.  One of the best places in my mind is Nobu Tokyo.   Eating at Nobu, it is an experience in Japanese fusion dining.   Nobu is owned by master Chef Nobu Matsushita and actor Robert De Niro.   Nobu Tokyo is a very visually stunning restaurant.    It can run up to 20,000 per person but worth every yen…

Nobu Tokyo

Another favorite of mine is Heaven in Roppongi. It is Japanese Tappanyaki. Great food for about 15,000 yen per person.

Heaven in Roppongi

Ebi Mayo

Another treat is Gompachi in Nishi Azabu.   It is great Japanese fare for about 10,000 per person.   It is very reasonably priced and the food is excellent.  This is the restaurant that they replicated for the big fight scene in Kill Bill.

Gompachi

You must try sushi if you are in Japan.  So many people have never had it before coming to Japan and become lovers before they leave.   I never ate seafood, for the most part, before moving to Japan.   Now I eat sushi for lunch at least 3 days a week.   If you are hitting Lucky CameraOugi Sushi is just a few doors down…

Samurai Sushi Chef

Sushi comes in all grades and in all price ranges…from 1,000 yen to 10,000 yen.

Sushi

Many places have ‘sets’ and you can try a bit of everything…they are usually very reasonably priced at lunch.

Sushi

But make sure to try ‘Negitoromaki’ before you leave Japan…absolutely the best.

Negitoromaki

Kaiten Sushi, or Conveyor Belt Sushi, can be a lot of fun and great for photography…

Kaiten Sushi

I give McDonald’s a lot of flack here sometimes but one thing you must try if you are here in September/October is the annual Tsukimi Burger…it is so good.   So are a lot of their monthly promotional specials.

McDonald's Japan Tsukimi Burger

McDonald's Japan Tsukimi Burger

McDonald's Japan Tsukimi Burger

I hope you enjoyed.   I will continue to update this guide so make sure to check back before your trip.   Leave a comment and let me know what you found in Tokyo or if there are places you think I should add.   Thanks for stopping by.

 

86 Comments

  1. Great post Dave. You selected some excellent spots!

  2. Seeing tourist attractions is great. But as a historian and anthropologist i am completely floored by the daily life in other cultures. You do such a great job with capturing it.

  3. I love your blog! The photography is great, and I love how you’re able to capture everyday life. I’ve been following you by email without commenting, but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your posts. They make me want to visit Tokyo!

  4. Great shots :). Making me want to visit Japan again!

  5. I love it all!

  6. Predivne fotografije, kao da sam bio u obilasku, fantastično.
    (Beautiful photos, as I was on the tour, fantastic.)

  7. What about Yanaka? I love that part of Tokyo.

  8. Thanks for the response and the full guide as promised ! Awesome post!

  9. Great summary and fantastic photography, really enjoyed looking at all of it! Love the yakitori stalls around Yurakucho Stn, too, and would perhaps add Ueno area. Cheers Dave.

  10. So many great pictures. Love the rooftop soccer game. It looks so unreal.

  11. Nice pics! Love Yoyogi Park. so beautiful throughout all 4 seasons!

    Also dont miss Omotesando. Center of art. Great for picture shooting and spend relaxing time.

  12. Thanks so much Gabby…
    Thanks Spencer. Daily life is what interests me.

  13. Thanks for the suggestion Al. I don’t think I have ever walked around Yanaka but it’s on the list now.

  14. Norbert… I added Ueno to my list while writing this as I realized I had so few photos of Ueno.

  15. Having made over 200 trips to Tokyo over many years I can truly say that you have really captured the soul of the city. You could add Ginza, Harajuku or Tsukiji if you wanted to cover more areas but even as is it’s terrific.

  16. Hi Dave,
    This post has been a very very helpful one. Specially for someone like me who is into street photography, places such as Golden Gai are a treasure trove.
    Just wanted to ask one more question. I have this impression of Japanese people being very formal and disciplined. As a street photographer, will it be problematic to shoot people from up close?
    Also if you do not know any Japanese, is it easy to find your way around the city. Are people there comfortable with the English language? Apart from the train stations, do other places also have signboards in English?
    Thanks

  17. Nimish – I don’t have issues with photographing people in Japan. I tend to ask to signal to someone I am going to take their photo vs. shooting people up close without letting them know first. Tokyo is pretty easy to get around, even without Japanese but I won’t say people are comfortable with the English language.

  18. Hi Dave,

    I just wanted to compliment you, you’re doing a great job. Your pics are awesome, nice angle’s and lightning…..and very important you really know how to picture Tokyo. I went there in 2007 and really feeling a bit homesick after watching your blog!

    If you ever want to redesign your blog/ website I would love to do this for you or collaborate with you. I just love Japan, the culture, language, food, nature, manga/anime, movies, infrastructure and architecture.

    Feel free to contact me… Always great to chat with someone who’s interested in Japan!

    ^_^

  19. Kevin – Thanks for reaching out. I actually do need some graphic design help. I’ll drop you a mail.

  20. Fantastic post
    Lot’s of ideas for my next time in Tokyo.
    By the way I missed a lot of nice spots last time.
    It’s a city that needs time (and walk) to fully discover

  21. Thanks. Glad it is helpful…

  22. Wonderful photos

    I really want to go back to Tokyo now

    Amazing depth of field on some of them

  23. Hi, I ‘m Tokyo-born and bred, now livein Hong Kong…Just enjoyed reading this post very much. Though I love my home country and city, I haven’t much chances to go visit there in the last few years but having managed to get back last month and stayed for a while, I re-re-re-discovered how much Tokyo is rich in culture, beautiful, full of well-mannerd people (seriously, cos I am in Hong Kong.), whoops the list will go on forever.

    I like those Yakitori stools cos they are vivrant. But still, they provide amazingly nice food at the very affordable price.
    Golden-gai…yes, it’s great. Actually, my English boyfriend kind of introduced me the area and I instantly fell in love with it! I find it always interesting non-Japanese people knows amusing places which the local can overlook.

    I have lived in some other cities outside Japan but always find it amazing Tokyo has many places and spots which produces tranquil atmosphere even in the very centre of the city, such as Hibiya Park, Imperial Palace and so on…
    Please keep me amused with your great work. Me, I will try to go back to Japan more and more often…(well, it’s only 3 hours flight away, though…)

  24. Mariko – Glad you are enjoying ShootTokyo and it helps to amuse you.

  25. Hallo Dave,

    thanks for your Shooting. I want to visit Japan. Do you have any Photos from Mount Fuji?

    Bests R.

    Yoooofisch

  26. Great pics – reminds me of all I loved about Japan in my two decades there- the dignity and quietly ‘dramatic’ quality of the people, the astonishing details, the beauty in simple things, the seasons, the mystery. The endless renewal of an ancient culture, so its old…yet never gets old. This thing gets into your blood, and stays. World’s most fascinating city.

  27. Really useful and inspiring post – it’s great to see both the modern and more traditional sides of the city captured so well. I’m going to be in Tokyo next week and can’t wait to visit/shoot a few of these places. Thanks a lot!

  28. Thanks David…

  29. Excellent and very detailed. Thanks for sharing.
    I do have a question though. How difficult or easy is to shoot in Japan? In terms of setting a camera/tripod at places, especially train stations, middle of the streets? Depending on that I’ll carry my tripod or just take a small one instead. I’ll be doing a lot of video work and time lapse so I hope I don’t need to pay and get permission.
    Thank you.

  30. So nice article! I am mother of a girl having a camera with me to shoot my girl, flower, food, super-market. So I am more on a garden, school and meal. But I really found your article is interesting.

    Thanks for gaving me some new idea

  31. Really nice pictures there. You caught the escense of Tokyo in a big way. Also I really like the use of techniques, as a photographer I see photos and look for the techniques used. I live in Japan and it is great to get out there. I do have one question for you, did you ask for permission to take photos in the shops? Were the owners okay with it? I have come across quite angry people when I have asked to take photos in their shop.

    Thank you

  32. Thanks for sharing those information with the photos. I am impressed of your on-site observation. The article is very informative even for Japanese like me. I enjoyed how you capture a rush in the morning. It wastes time and all the energy.

  33. great website, used it to plan my photography walk in tokyo tomorrow

  34. After following you for a long time, this has got to be your Best Blog Ever, a Real Shooting Tokyo Blog.

  35. Thanks Jim!

  36. This is an amazing trip through Tokyo. You continue to capture the energy and endless variety of this city. Thank you for taking me down memory lane.

  37. A most enjoyable post. Great images and useful information. Thanks much for posting.

  38. Welcome Len. Thanks for coming…

  39. Welcome Steven.

  40. I made well over 100 trips to Tokyo during my working days and have been to virtually all of the places you have so beautifully photographed here.
    Thanks for the great photos and for bringing back many memories.

  41. Hi Dave. I was searching for some tips on where to shoot in Tokyo on the internet and I came across your blog. It was great. I enjoyed your shots of Tokyo. I was hoping if I could get your advice on taking photographs in Tokyo, since I will visit Japan in a couple of weeks for a training. I’m curios if you used a tripod on your shots. I’ve been doing some research, and correct me if I’m wrong, but in some parts of Japan, do they prohibit taking pictures using tripods? In this the same in Tokyo? Because I was planning to take some long exposure shots there and it will be very hard if I can’t bring a tripod with me. Hoping to hear from you. Thanks!

  42. Renz – I typically don’t use a tripod except for long exposures. The only place I have had someone tell me no is to the roof of a building for safety reasons. Aside from that I haven’t had any issues. Good luck!

  43. Please add me to your distribution list. I visited Japan 30 times on business and often used my weekends to explore and photograph Tokyo as you have; much appreciated. I miss my second home!

  44. Hi Curt – You can sign up to my newsletter here. Spam laws prevent me from adding you myself…

  45. Thanks a lot!

  46. Welcome Renz…

  47. Great shots – have just arrived for 10 days and am staying in Shibuya – will definately do some of the scenes you have recommended!
    Mirna

  48. Mirna – Welcome to Tokyo!

  49. Man, thats a sick guide – thanks so much for your shots, ideas and tips. Great work!
    I got one question: you wrote that “when shooting cities always try to get up high. Many office buildings you can take the elevator to the top and shoot out the window to get a great view of the city… here are a couple of examples” – do you have some special tips? Which buildings have you been up to?
    I know from other cities that there is some kind of security that won’t let you in. Isn’t that the case in Tokyo? I’m especially interested where you took your first shot from (http://shoottokyopullzone.shoottokyo.netdna-cdn.com//wp-content/uploads/2012/01/5-1(pp_w900_h598).jpg).

    Thanks a lot for taking the time to collect your tips and for your answer. Best wishes from Germany!

  50. I took that photo from Shinjuku Maynds Tower. There are a lot of office buildings that you can go up to in the elevator and not need a security pass.

  51. Hi Dave:
    Thank you again for the excellent shots.. BTW thinking of giving up my D600 and downsizing to the Fuji X-pro 1..I take by the time you have had a day shooting carrying that gear is not much of a problem let alone weight.. Gawd man you are golden..

  52. Hi Dave,

    This is really great and inspiring information. I just moved to Tokyo for work and I am constantly looking for things to shoot. (not that it’s all that difficult in Tokyo). Your blog has also given me a bunch of great ideas for family outings with the kids.

  53. Thanks Chris. I’m glad you like it!

  54. I really love your night scene photography! It gives us a sense of what it is like to spend a night there!

  55. Hey!
    I am in Tokyo now. And I wonder if you know some location I can film a short film scene on a roof top? I am a film-student, so it not pro filming :D

  56. Try the top of Roppongi Hills.

  57. Thanks so much for this post! I found it when I was looking for places to go shoot in Tokyo.

    Just an update – The Marc City Hotel now has a sign up on the 25th floor saying “for guests only” and that you are not allowed to take photos there. Me and a friend did anyway, and the people working there didn’t say anything!

    Also “Lucky Camera” has a new location now! We were unable to go as they are still renovating the new place, so will save that store for another time!

    Thanks again!

  58. Thanks Rachael. Marc City has had the sign for a while but they don’t seem to enforce it. Where is the new Lucky Camera? I want to go and see it…

  59. The new Lucky Camera is here (walking distance from the old one):
    http://www.lucky-camera.com/main2.html

    We only were in Tokyo for the weekend, so it was closed while we were there (I’ll be back!) but its open now!

  60. Thanks. I’ll have to check it out Rachael…

  61. Very informative! thanks very much man!

  62. Hi Dave,

    I have been following you for a little over a year now and had the opportunity to visit Tokyo twice in the last year. This series was a huge inspiration in my travel planning and I have a ton of great images thanks to you and your recommendations. I am actually moving to Hong Kong from Los Angeles in the next 30 days so I’ll be closer to that part of the world. Would love to go on a photowalk if you are in Hong Kong or when I get back to Tokyo!

    -Jasen http://www.jasenreyes.com

  63. Thank you for making me remember things like the Anpanman store in Jiyugaoka, the divine smell when you pass through narrow alleys cluttered with izakayas and ramen stands and biking through Rinshi-no-mori.

  64. Cool. im so lucky to come across this blog post. Very informative and awespiring photos your have here :)

    I will be going to Tokyo this coming April, hopefully I get to experience Tokyo’s best! :)

  65. I’m working on some study for photo shooting and came across your blog Mr. Dave. You really knocked me out! Totally! Your shoots you selected was so beautiful. It really brings lots of inspiration and lots of emotional feeling in each of the shooting. You really did a fantastic work there Dave. I’m feeling glad that I drop by this blog Dave.

  66. Thanks Nigel.

  67. I found this article at the lounge waiting for my flight to Tokyo. Just skimming around, I know I’m going to learn a lot from this blog post. Now I know what I’ll be doing on my 11 hour flight! Thanks Dave :)

  68. Ivan – I have also starting building out a Google Map of my favorite places in Tokyo. Let me know if you want me to put something specific in the queue to add to the map.

  69. I stumbled upon your wordpress blog which brought me to this site, and I have to say, I’m hooked. I’m in Yokosuka right now, and have been a little hesitant to venture out, let alone wield my camera in public (beyond the typical tourist spots), and I’m sitting here wishing I had your gumption as I look through all your train and street shots. What helped you break through that fear (if you even had a fear)? I don’t speak Japanese, so I couldn’t easily explain if they questioned.

    Any way, just had to say hey, and I think your photography is great. Looking forward to following along and checking out some of your recommendations.

  70. Hello, coming on wednesday to Tokyo for two weeks to shoot a video of my clown Little Lady in the cherry blossoms and taking pics around town. Thank you for the inspiration.
    Sandrine

  71. Hi! Really nice photo-stream. I’m coming to Tokyo next week and I will try to capture the best of the city and follow your way ;)
    Loic

  72. Great Sandrine. Enjoy Tokyo.

  73. neat

  74. Access to your blog were re-directed to “gridserver.com” and there is a security warning about a potential fake shoottokyo page. You may want to take a look.

  75. Thanks for letting me know Patrick. What link did you follow? I might have mistaken Tweeted an internal link.

  76. Brilliant! Great photographs, a great story and you’ve saved me bothering you by answering just about every question I had regarding Tokyo.

    If I may ask just one; what is the best suburb to book a hotel? Walking is good, but access to the Metro seems to be critical too. Any suggestions?

    TIA from a (very) windy Cape Town.

  77. David, thank you for you terrific pictures on Tokoyo. I have a camera, Sony A7r, and a len, Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA. I want take street pictures in My work place, Shanghai, China.

    Could you give me an advice? Should I add firstly another len, 24-70mm, or 70-200mm?

  78. Allen – It all depends on how you shoot. I don’t shoot with a lens longer than 50mm and I like to shoot prime lenses so if I were you I would be getting a 21mm, 28mm and 50mm to complete my set. I don’t shoot zooms as I like heading out and seeing the world at a fixed focal length.

  79. I will visit Tokyo and other parts of Japan this fall. Since I am also photography interested, I already found lots of useful information to plan my stay in Tokyo. Keep up the good work!

  80. Thank you for coming to Japan!!!
    I am very happy that you have come to like Tsukimi Burger :)

  81. Welcome Tomoko!

  82. Thanks Ponte. Maybe one day later in the fall. I am working and traveling non-stop so a bit difficult right now.

  83. Hey Dave, I wonder how you took some of the food photos (the ones toward the end), those are macro-like. Leica rangefinders usually only focus to ~0.7m closest?

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