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Japan : Illuminated Tokyo

Written by Syazwan Basri

This is a tale of Tokyo, after dark! A side that most tour companies or groups don’t usually bring you to. Tokyo is magical, and I’ve found that the city becomes even more alive once the sun goes down. You will see stations packed with people after work, izakayas filled up with the dinner crowd and most of all neon lights lighting up every other corner you see.

Taking photos in Tokyo at this hour is a whole new beautiful experience! So here are the 3 top spots you must checkout during your next trip to Tokyo (and be sure to visit these places in the evening too)!

1. Tokyu Plaza Omotesando, Harajuku
The reflective glass panels of the plaza entrance creates a mind blowing effect and gives your pictures an amazing new perspective.

Details
Address: 4-39-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
Transport: Meiji-jingumae “harajuku station” (Chiyoda, Fukutoshin lines)

2. Kabukicho, Shinjuku
One of Tokyo’s most neon-densed locations, with photography opportunities at every turn. If you look up, you’ll also find a huge Godzilla statue staring down at you from the Hotel Gracery building.

Details
Address: Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
Transport: Shinjuku Station

3. Fukagawa Fudodo
This temple is tucked away in a little housing area, and the outside looks like any usual shrine. However when you walk in, you will need to walk through a narrow hallway surrounded by a thousand crystal Buddhas, and this is a sight to behold!

Details
Address: 1 Chome-17-13 Tomioka, 江東区 Koto City, Tokyo 135-0047, Japan
Transport: Monzen-nakacho Station

And the final tip of the day, if you’re in Tokyo do purchase a tourist pass because it gives you unlimited travel on the metro line.

May you all have as much fun as I did discovering the different gems of Tokyo.

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