Temples of Tokyo

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)

¥24,000up to 4 pers.

Adventure Type

Tailored

Max Size

4 people

Duration

2.5 Hours

Locations

Akasaka
Hie Shrine
Ochanomizu

Language

English

Includes

Professional photography guide

Excludes

Camera
Hotel Pickup
Train Fare (~¥170)

Recommended Gear

18-55mm zoom lens or similar
Camera capable of manual modes

Capture candid photos of shrine-goers

Create fascinating juxtapositions between tradition and modernity

Learn to vividly photograph architectural details

Relax and unwind in the tranquility of Tokyo’s hidden shrines and temples

The Yadayada

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Enter a world of peace and tranquility amidst the shrines and temples of Tokyo. Learn to take photographs of details that convey the mood and tell a captivating story. We will also photograph people to some degree for a bit of a street photography experience. Hie shrine offers a wide variety of scenes to photograph, including iconic red shinto gates, purification fountains, and other traditional elements.

A short train ride away, lies Yushima Seido, a Confucian temple. In stark contrast with the previous Hie Shrine, this temple is painted black and imposes a bold presence on visitors. Capture the geometric perfection of the temple’s jet black wood construction and the wonderful copper patina of its eaves.

Finally, we will end our adventure at Kanda-myojin, a shrine popular with businessmen and entrepreneurs who wish to pray for success and fortune. The shrine’s vivid vermillion and gold adornments certainly hark to that end. Due to its popularity, the shrine is often populated by all kinds of people, from kimono-clad women to young geeks on their way to the nearby Akihabara district. Here we will have fun photographing shrine attendants, priests, and people lost in prayer.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elaine C

    My daughter and I participated on two of the Tokyo photographic workshops . They were both excellent and we have now some wonderful photographs of our holiday. The workshop photographs are great but we also received some good tips and advice to improve our overall photographic skills, so we now have some wonderful memories of Japan.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    merlinaadamsmx

    Excellent guide, very professional photographer that not only show you the places, also help you, if you have doubts about your camera use. I highly recomned al the Eyexplore Tokyo tours, this was my second trip to Tokyo and I did the tours again.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Evon Y

    We joined the Temples of Tokyo and Tokyo by Night guided by Lucas and Stephane respectively. Both are capable on teaching quick-to-pick techniques and great ideas on taking photos from interesting perspectives. The temple tour was well planned with Japanese traditional wedding ceremony in progress for wonderful photos. They never missed any opportunities teaching us to explore creative perspectives from posters, escalators, Metro stations, etc., while travelled between locations. Guided by Stephane, Tokyo by Night was a memorable session covering Shinjuku and Ikebukuro as we explored alleys with Japanese traditional Ramen and Teriyaki restaurants. Taking street snap shots was challenging yet exciting as we have to observe, be quick and communicate at the same time. All in all, we explore, learn and involved at the same time with these photo sessions.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    marieequebec

    Booked two private tours with Stéphane who also speaks french. One was on temples/shrines and the other on street photography. Both were great. Made amazing photos. Learned on our personnal camera and général techniques. A must do in Tokyo for sure.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melinda G

    What wonderful adventures with Eyexplore! I visited and photographed temples and shrines with Stephane and did night photography with Lukasz. Stephane is truly an artist and his enthusiasm in telling a story with a camera is infectious. We moved decisively through our temple venues with Stephane providing plenty of time at spots for instruction and play. We tried to match our lenses so that we could compare our compositions & settings and I could learn to work at a given focal length to capture images as he did. He addressed all my questions easily and really challenged my thinking on what images to capture and how to take a stereotypical shot and make it unique. We played with multiple exposures as well (a first for me!). As we moved between venues on the subway, we reviewed images to discuss strengths and improvements. We covered lots of territory—on foot and in theory! Lukasz led our small night photography group. He is masterful at group instruction and balancing time amongst the students to help us all get “the shots” we wanted and to improve our skills. We worked with our tripods and also hand-held and moved through a few locations. Despite the crowds, we had brief moments of group discussion and photo comparison; it’s always educational to see others’ perspectives! I really had fun with our technique at the Shibuyu crossing; I won’t spoil the surprise but it was a fun way to capture a unique perspective. I am a seasoned photographer but learned new techniques and concepts from both instructors. They were both generous with time and information. I was amazed at their abilities to navigate my camera menus easily if necessary (e.g. to find multiple exposure settings). Plus, it’s just fun to be out in an amazing city with a group of photographers. Making the reservation was easy and Lukasz was really responsive with my last minute planning! I highly recommend a tour (or 2) with EYExplore!

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We meet at the main entrance of Hie Shrine on Sotobori-dori street in front of the big Shinto Gate (Torii) facing the long stairs.

Meeting Point Photo

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