Tokyo Metropolis

Rated 4.92 out of 5 based on 37 customer ratings
(37 customer reviews)

¥24,000up to 4 pers.

Adventure Type

Tailored

Max Size

4 people

Duration

2.5 Hours

Locations

Ginza
Shimbashi
Shiodome
Yurakucho

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 breathtaking views of Tokyo’s architecture

Discover lamp filled alleys and smoke filled passages

Explore a glass and steel skyscraper district

Get a fresh perspective on urban photography

The Yadayada

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Morning Course

Begin your adventure at Shimbashi station. Meet your photographer guide and head to the Shiodome business district where you will photograph steel and glass towers by the morning light.

Here we will work on composition skills—how to frame a scene. We will also learn how to craft a story in our photos by using the environment and the people within.

From Shiodome we will walk through Ginza, exploring the tiny back alleys and hidden pockets peppered throughout the area. During the day, we will encounter cooks and wait staff, as well as salarymen, going about their daily work.

Eventually, we will arrive at Yurakucho where we will photo the interior of the immense Tokyo International Forum. Here we will find numerous photographic challenges which will allow you to create dramatic images.

Evening Course

Start your adventure just before sunset to take advantage of the light conditions known as “golden hour.” Meet your guide at Shimbashi station and get acquainted with the necessary photography techniques for this adventure.

We will head into the Shiodome business district where we will photography the glass skyscrapers and concrete jungle by the setting sun.
Next we head to Shimbashi, an area known for its bars and smoky grill-houses. We will explore its streets and back alleys to find hidden shrines and narratives. Here we will learn how to create fascinating and artistic images in the Tokyo metropolis.

Finally, we head to Yurakucho where we will find a hidden underbelly filled with neon lights and lanterns under the elevated train tracks. We will capture life in the untidy and colorful passages and smoke-filled alleys.

Our adventure will end with the impressive architecture of the Tokyo International Forum and a splendid aerial view of Tokyo Station.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Midouille

    We took part as a family to the Metropolis experience, with a great photographer (Stéphane). Not only have we discovered great areas of Tokyo, which we would not have seen on our own, but more importantly, we could greatly benefit from Stéphane’s experience and expertise to learn new photo techniques during the tour. It was great as well that he also speaks French, as our kids’ english level is too low. I would highly recommend taking that or any of the other tours, it is money and time very well spent. We would happilly go to another one on our next visit.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Martin

    If you have the time, I’d highly recommend doing both!! Both photowalks were guided by Lukasz; who was a phenomenal guide to Tokyo and photography teacher. I borrowed my brother’s camera which I was not familiar with at all. By the end of the trip, I felt that not only did I walk away with amazing photos to show my friends and family, I learnt a new set of skills. The locations during the photowalk are very well thought out and each location offers something new. At the end of the second photowalk, I asked Lukasz if he could recommend a vintage/second-hand camera store. He was courteous enough to walk me to one and exchanged in some “camera talk” while strolling the store together. Overall: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Service: 5/5 That’s all folks!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christine H

    I really enjoyed this early evening photographic adventure. Our guide Stephane took us to some very interesting locations and had brilliant ideas on different ways of shooting the city. I learnt some interesting techniques using escalators and reflections which I will be able to use in the future. I am an experienced amateur photographer and the tour was perfectly pitched to suit my level of ability and I would definitely recommend it.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Narsico A

    Diving through Ginza and Shimbashi looking for lines, patterns, and other interesting architecture to use in our images. The guide, Stephane, was very friendly and accommodating. He shared some ideas on composition and how to make your images stand out. It is a professionally managed tour. The guide will make sure you enjoy yourself and keep you safe during the walk. Good for all skill levels. Bring any camera, the guide will make sure you will be able to use it and make great memories.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    elelkay

    I’m new to photography and so I was especially pleased to be the only student on this particular day. Luke was patient as he made basic terminology understandable, something that has been elusive until now. He was able to show me how to make great photographs in an urban setting using the reflection on buildings. I got some amazing photographs but even better was a skill I can use in the future! He also had some great knowledge about the architectural heritage of the area we toured.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    d_washington

    No lie, this was the highlight of my trip. I loved the first one I did so much in Tokyo I booked them again in Osaka. If you love photography no matter your skill level or camera these guys will show the best spots in and around town that you would probably never go on your own. I got some amazing pics to show for it that will always remind me of my first (not last) trip to Japan. Thanks so much EYExplore, till next time.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    withouttheic

    I took the Tokyo Metropolis tour this evening and was blown away. I have always treated my DSLR as more of a point&shoot, and Stefane, my guide, was so helpful in not only teaching me the basics of the camera but also how to put them into practice right away. He opened my eyes to so many different perspectives – not only within the context of taking great photos – but also with how I view every day street scenes. With all that said, I even managed to get some kickass shots. I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to Tokyo, to Japan, and hopefully to a new class of photography. I could not recommend more.

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Fiona T

    We joined the Tokyo Metropolis photography tour. Found out that me and my husband were the only participants of the tour. If it were held by some other organizers, the tour may have been cancelled due to the few number of participants, but EYExplore didn’t. It went ahead despite it was a pretty hot day, and we became the VIP of the day! Although me and my husband were frequent vistors of Tokyo, the tour did not disappoint. Lukasz was our guide and he took us into streets, alleys and spots that are less visited by tourists. It was great as it helped us see the other side of the beauty of this city. Lukasz also taught us how to shoot photos by observing the environment, using the proper light and reflective surfaces, and combining the nature and the concrete to create interesting images, which in turn enabled us to appreciate the somewhat structured city with a creative eye. We both also learnt a bit more about photography and the use of our cameras. If there is anything to improve, we would suggest that the tour could end near a bar so that we can all grab an ice cold beer. That will be a perfect finish.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peter A

    I cannot recommend this tour high enough. Lukasz is a fantastic guide, he knows a lot of hidden spots in the city to take interesting photos, without being in the way for other pedestrians. I truly enjoyed my walk through Tokyo with him. I learned a lot about street photography, composition of images and he showed me a trick or two for my camera that comes in very handy. This is by no means a tour that requires expert knowledge, so anyone with an interest in photography should feel comfortable joining. No matter your skill level, you’ll learn a trick or two along the way. I personally appreciated the chats in between the photos, getting to know Lukasz, hearing his story and the fact that he really cares about his participants since it was July and it was very hot, I was the only participant for this tour and was afraid it would get cancelled, but he explained that he would never cancel just because of a single participant.

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    gaurua80

    Eyexplore’s Tokyo Metropolis tour takes you to some cool buildings in Tokyo and show you tricks to capture pretty decent images even you have zero knowledge of your camera. They also encouraged your creativity, revealed a little bit about mindset of a professional photographer, from which you can learn, discover a lot. A new way of exploring a new place. Very different from traditional approach with tour guide and lots of information, with Eyexplore, you can create your own creative discovery of japan through your lens. Highly recommended.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Josiah E

    2 very amateur photographers had a fantastic time walming the streets of Tokyo with Exel the guide. He was patient and explained things beautifully. If I ever come back I will do this again!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dianna V

    Again not a five star but a real six star knock it out of the park tour. Lukasz Palkas’ small group setting and walking photography tour gave us some amazing shots of the architecture and unique angles of a variety of places in Tokyo. I would have never thought of spending time in Tokyo taking pictures from such a unique angle but my oh my are our pictures amazing! Lukasz makes this entire experience memorable. You seriously have to put one of his photography tours at the very top of your list to do. Tokyo is a walk around city in various neighborhoods and this tour does it all. He is also the type of person you just want to pack up with you and take him every where with you in Japan to capture your sights. Your pictures will make you fall in love all over again with Japan. Sign up now if you are going to Tokyo.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    abouroncle

    Definitively a very nice idea, giving photography lessons in Tokyo is an excellent idea. This city has one of the best architectures I have seen, everything is quite new, I have been told that old buildings have to be rebuilt after a proper period of time. The tour passes by two corporate area and you will be given the opportunity to catch the Shinkansen in between the buildings, people moving in the metro, get the best from architecture details and some additional frames. It is better if you take at list a semi-professional camera, nevertheless a good cell phone is accepted to go on this ride.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    samirmishra

    Lukas was a great instructor, he took time explaining me and my sister the basics and also some very enlightening advanced photography principles. Apart for the great photo walk, is an all around great gay, he went out of his way to helped us with our JR pass. I do the Metropolis Tour next time.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bianca V

    Had such a great photo walk with Lukas through the amazing buildings of modern Tokyo, with some useful tricks about angles, perspective, speed, aperture…Highly recommended!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Moonhwan Y

    It was the great photography tour. My guideI forgot his name. Sorry gave us the best spot for capturing another face of Tokyo and how to photo those things with his different eyes. I had the wonderful time to learn how to see the buildings and architecture in the modern metropolitan area of Tokyo whthin such few hours.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott H

    My 18yo son and I toured Japan for his 18th birthday. He is an avid photographer just beginning his photography experience. We did the Tokyo Metropolis and Inari After Dusk Tours. Both tours were fantastic. Lukas and Axel could not have been more helpful, informative, experienced and patient. They took us to places we would not have seen on our own. They demonstrated techniques that we would not have learned with out a formal photography education. I can not rate this tour company, these gentlemen, or the experience high enough. 10 out of 5 stars!!!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thedoubledee

    I had my photographer eye opened to w whole new way of looking at the world and what a better place than Tokyo. Reflections, unusual people angles, great ideas to make the story telling by photo so much more interesting. A great tour by a great guide

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    TG119

    I initially had only booked to do the Tokyo Architecture tour, however I enjoyed that so much that I promptly booked another 2 tours in Tokyo and 1 in Kyoto. I am a fairly new photographer and have learned so much through these workshops, especially in regards to street photography. Lukas is an excellent teacher and guide. Don’t hesitate to book any of EyExplore’s tours. I’ve now done 4 of them and they were all equally amazing.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    vicki R

    I started with the Metropolis tour and got some great shots with Lukas help. He made it fun and I learnt so much about camera and composition of shots. I had so much fun I did the night tour too, also fantastic! I’ve now got more confidence photographing people as we did a little street photos too. Thanks Lukas 🙂

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Donna P

    This was a really great tour! A very small group so you get a lot of helpful personal time with the photographer. Lukas was ours and I learned a huge amount about taking the shots, what to look for, and how to use different functions and settings on my camera. I’d definitely recommend this tour.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dina S

    This tour was excellent! Stephane was the tour guide, and his enthusiasm for Tokyo and for photography showed. He answered every question asked with a detailed explanation. He went above and beyond showing us photography techniques, checking our photos and discussing how to best capture a story or mood. I learned so much about photography and got to see Tokyo from a very different perspective. The pictures I took the next day in Tokyo were more interesting as a result of this tour.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    wherecanibe

    Lukas was a great guide on the Tokyo night time photo tour. The locations were fantastic – a nice mix of modern architecture and grittier street scenes. Lukas offered helpful composition tips that really advanced my photos – and tips I can continue using in the future.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    sebastianthecrab

    I don’t normally write reviews but this was one of my highlights in my three weeks in Japan. I signed up for the Tokyo Metropolis course. Having only bought my camera a short while before I was utterly clueless but Lukasz was really great, and showed me how to use some of the basic functions of the camera and some great shots of Tokyo. It was great fun, really informative and my photographs for the rest of the trip were greatly improved as a result! Wish I could have done more of these courses whilst in Japan!

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Drewpw

    I did the evening Tokyo Metro tour with Stephane, and it was nothing short of amazing. The location that we shot in was straight out of “Blade Runner” and really highlighted a part of Tokyo that was both authentic as well as really dramatic at night. Stephane has a great way of showing you angles and shots that aren’t obvious but make for amazing images. He’s a great street photographer, and his style makes it really easy to start thinking like one. If you’re a beginner or know you’re way around your camera, the tour will make for a great way to see the city AND get some really nice images of a fabulous city.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wanderluster320

    I booked myself in for 2 tours on a recent trip, Tokyo by Night and Tokyo Metropolis. I was lucky enough to have Stephane as my guide on both tours which was great and very helpful. Both tours introduced a different perspective of Tokyo, one by night and the other one by day turning into night. For an amateur photographer, I learnt so much about my camera and different techniques across the 2 tours that I was able to put the tips and tools into practice for the rest of my trip. Stephane was very knowledgable, friendly and full of information for budding photographers to-be. Had so much fun and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, would definitely recommend it if you have the time. It was worth the money spent, the only regret was that the tour didn’t go for longer!

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jack C

    Highly professional tour with someone who both knows his craft and Tokyo. Lukasz is an excellent teacher and offers constructive and practical advice. I learned a lot.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Harry

    Did a photography adventure (Tokyo Metropolis) with Lukasz from @eyexploretokyo . Wandering the backstreets of Tokyo was a wonderful way to practice photography. Lukasz gave me valuable tips on composition, exposure & other various photography tips. If you happen to be in Tokyo, do check them out!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Harry B

    I chose to do a Tokyo Metropolis photo adventure. It was supposed to be a group photo adventure but I was the only one that booked on that day. It was like a private class with Lukasz. It was a mixture of architecture photo shoot, street photography and night photography. Lukasz gave me valuable tips on composition, exposure and other photography tips. If you happen to be in Tokyo, do check EYExplore, it’s a wonderful way to sharpen your photography skills!

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kwun-Phite L

    I decided to take a photo class to explore Tokyo and to improve on my street photography and boy was this well worth it! I did the class with Stephane, and he was amazing. He was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. I’ve taken some photography classes before and the instructors were usually more concerned with taking their own photos rather helping out. Stephane however, would always check up on me and we would review our shots and see what I could have improved upon. He really helped with improving my composition and telling me to get closer to my subjects. Overall I am very happy with the experience and would recommend this class to anyone. I have learned a lot and hope to take more classes when I come to Tokyo

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mark P

    I took the Tokyo Metropolis Tour with Axel. He’s a knowledgeable, creative and passionate teacher who helped me to see more creatively. The tour is a chance to experience day to day Tokyo and create photos that go beyond the typical tourist spots. Great value and experience!! Next time I’m in Tokyo I’ll be scheduling another tour.

  32. Rated 4 out of 5

    Raverocks

    It was a very memorable experience and the guides were very knowledgable in both local history and photography. I’m a beginner and I felt that I’ve learnt a lot from this tour. I only brought along a compact digital camera and yet I’m able to take some really nice shots just using that. Highly recommended for travelers who like to explore street photography as well as visiting unique architecture in Tokyo.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hina

    I did this photo tour with Stephan an I thoroughlly enjoyed it. Stephan who is French National really have a great sense of artistic photo and a special ability to teach an transmit his knowledge and his vision of photography. I really learned a lot during this tour and I certainly recommend it for passionate photographers. I regret I could not make it for the Sunday photo tour but it gives me a good reason to come back. This excursion is a great value for money and certainly worth doing it. I shoot with Canon MkIII and Zeiss lenses and started photography when I was 5. I give a 5/5 to Stephan and the local tour operator , thanks for your generosity. Kind regards, Olivier Larcher

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    RMayes2000

    I went on two different EYExplore Tokyo tours and they were really fun. I learned a lot from both guides and it was great to meet and explore with other photo enthusiast. My photography has definitely improved as a result. Well worth the price and it was the perfect way to spend a couple of nights in Tokyo.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    J

    Excellent tour. Learnt a lot about photography and got to see amazing aspects of Tokyo.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Danny C

    Thanks to our guide for the interesting time at the gardens! I need more exercise to comprehend negative space! But the tour was interesting and the walk through the gardens and city was great!

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rositsa D

    This tour was amazing!

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We meet on the west side of JR Shimbashi Station (Hibiya Exit) in SL Square (Steam Locomotive Square) in front of the Locomotive.

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