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
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.