Tokyo By Night

Rated 4.94 out of 5 based on 53 customer ratings
(53 customer reviews)

¥9,900per person

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Adventure Type

Group

Max Size

6 people

Duration

2.5 Hours

Locations

Shibuya
Shinjuku

Language

English

Includes

Professional photography guide

Excludes

Camera
Hotel Pickup
Train Fare (~¥170)
Tripod (available for rent)

Recommended Gear

18-55mm zoom lens or similar
Camera capable of manual modes
Tripod is required (available for rent)

Get coached on camera settings and tripod usage

Learn how to capture the chaotic motion of the city

Train your eye to see beyond the obvious shots

Unveil the beauty of Shinjuku & Shibuya hidden in plain sight

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Your adventure begins after sunset when the neon lights illuminate the city. Meet your guide at the bustling Shinjuku station before setting off into the heart of the city.

You will discover the best vantage points in the busiest area in Tokyo: Shinjuku. We will capture the streaming traffic and the vibrant colors of the city lights. Use leading lines and other composition techniques to create dynamic images. Learn how to best shoot urban landscape at night to create depth in your photos.

You will also learn how to best convey the chaos of the crowds by utilizing long exposure techniques. Together we will find shots that go well beyond the obvious.

After a short train ride to Shibuya, you guide will show you shooting locations rarely visited by travels despite being very photogenic. At this point you should be able to handle the necessary camera settings on your own, though we will always be there to help. You will let your imagination run free and utilizes angles and creative compositions to create your own unique vision of Tokyo.

Finally, we will head to the famous Shibuya Crossing and capture the scene in an exciting and unexpected way.

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Russell U

    I signed up for the Tokyo By Night photography tour from Eyexplore. The group limit is 6 and we had 3 in our group this night. Lukas, our guide, took us to a couple of spots in Shinjuku and Shibuya for a couple of different types of night shots. We got light trails from cars on overpasses and street corners, we took candid-style pictures of people eating in different small bars, and we ended the night at the Shibuya crossing getting shots of the crowd. The tour was friendly for beginners and intermediates. Lukas was very helpful in getting your camera settings right and with framing/composition of your images. He walked you through what to look for and what would make for an interesting photo. As Tokyo is a city that really comes to life at night, I think the idea of a night photography tour is great. I’d recommend it for any level of photographer who wants to get a slightly different perspective on the city.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Narciso A

    We went through the Shinjuku and Shibuya areas looking for lines, colorful lights, and other interesting bits 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, suggested to bring camera with some measure to control shutter speed or the overall exposure and a tripod.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Larry V

    Seriously cool tour with a guy who changed the way I thought about street and might photography. Well worth the money! I would do it again!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peter A

    This was a fantastic experience and Lukasz is a fantastic guide! He took us there was one other person with me on the tour around the city and showed us a few really cool and hidden spots. Lukasz made sure that we would stay together at all times, even while walking through huge crowds of people. He was very hands-on showing and explaining composition, taught me a bunch of tricks about my camera I had no idea about and was generally a lot of fun to hang out with. He deeply cares about his participants, making sure we have a good time and bring home some amazing night time photos. 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 wish Lukasz would offer this tour all over the world, it was a fantastic way to get to know the city without the hassle of really planning where and when to go.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Trond W

    EYExplore Tokyo will take you to a few locations around Shinjuku and Shibayu for night city shooting and street photography. The guide (Lukasz) was friendly and knowledgeable of both Tokyo and photography instruction. I’ve got a fair bit of experience shooting and picked up a number of useful tips on the expedition. There were also a few first-time shooters who were able to get great shots of iconic Tokyo locations as well.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Frank J

    Absolutely amazing tour. I was expecting a cheesy touristy experience. Instead within the first 5 minutes I realized I had an incredible instructor expanding my knowledge of photography in areas I didn’t even know needed improvement. The instructor was patient and detailed on both the technical side and artistic. I can’t recommend enough that this is not a cheap tour but a whole photography lesson. Thank you so much guys!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    ginam650

    I had a great time doing this photography workshop! Lukasz was super friendly and took me to some great spots for night photography. I’m very comfortable with my camera and shoot in manual mode so this was a great chance to work on composition, and people photography. We walked all around the Shinjuku area, did some people photography along the way and ended at the Shibuya Crossing. Overall, this was a great experience and would recommend it for anyone interested in photography.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joslyn66

    Really enjoyed the Tokyo night photograpy tour – Stephan led us though two areas and had us set up tripods on bridges to get the night trafficshots as well as though alleyways to practice our street photography. He was always happy to give advice on camera settings and angles to beginners like me and I found the whole experience to be great fun. The small group of 6 meant we had enough individual attention. Quick side note – take a wind proof jacket – you are up on bridges and it gets cold – a couple of participants were just in t-shirts and froze! Would definately recommend the course

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    PritCanada

    I am so glad I did this tour. Lucas is highly knowledgable and a patient facilitator. I own a DSLR and learnt a lot of new tips and tricks. Amazing pics. Great way to see Tokyo in the night. Highly recommended. Did the Tokyo by night tour.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ron Y

    Lucas was a very personable and helpful guide for this tour. He had plenty of great ideas and a very good eyes for different scenes and situations. Great technical insight as well. It was a terrific evening, filled with locations that you might not think of shooting from and producing cool results. Learned some great technical advice for night photography. Really enjoyed this and would highly recommended it to others!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    haty10

    Axel took us to some fantastic locations around Tokyo to shoot long exposure photos. Their tips and advice greatly improved my photos and knowledge. I highly recommend the tour to anyone with camera that has a manual mode.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Isaiah B

    Had a lovely time during this Tokyo by night class. I recommend this class for every skill level. My instructor showed me awesome spots in Shinjuku/Shibuya for long exposure shots that I would have never picked or framed myself without his help. My instructor also did a beautiful job explaining how to frame and capture long exposure photos of large crowds (which you get a lot of in Tokyo). Overall I took a lot of tips out of this class that I will continue to use for the rest of my life! FYI most people do this class with digital camera’s, but I used film and it worked just as well!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    jlai88

    This photo tour was so much fun! Our guide Lucas was fantastic, friendly and creative. He showed us creative angles to capture light trails. Our street session at Shibuya crossing was so amazing. We did a few group squat-downs at the middle of the crossing amid the intense pedestrians at the busy Shibuya crossing. Too much fun!

  14. Rated 4 out of 5

    ktseon

    My husband and I went on the Tokyo By Night tour. Our tour guide Lukas took us to some great spots to photograph city lights. There was good variation in the types of locations and the techniques we used. Neither of us know much about photography, so even if you just like taking photos for fun, this was a really good tour.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dianna V

    Are you sure we can not give this 6 Stars? By far our two photography tours with Lukasz Palka was exceptional. Take any camera you have with manual settings and he will help you shoot some of the most fantastic pictures in Tokyo that you will ever own. Don’t be intimated with others who have huge lens and professional cameras. Just take yours and go! With the small group setting you will get extraordinary pictures of the bright lights, light trails, crowds, alleys. Lukasz was extremely wonderful to work with very patient with everyone that included people who had only used auto settings to being able to improve techniques of the amateur/professional level of hobby level photographers. Fantastic way to have a walking tour and more.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ailish S

    This tour is brilliant. Our guide was Lukas who knew everything there is to know about photography. He took us to various vantage points in Shinjuku and Shibuya and made us try different settings on our cameras until we got perfect pics. We got some really unusual snaps. Lukas knew the area quite well. He was extremely patient. All you really need is your camera as the tripod can be rented. I would advise, as with any photography outing, to wear comfortable shoes. There’s not a lot of walking but it is quite crowded. At the end Lukas ensured we were able to get home safely which in my case meant coming with me to buy the subway ticket! I’d strongly recommend this activity; my only complaint was the meeting point which was very difficult to find.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    JStranack

    Had a great couple of hours photographing the city lights and ally ways of Shinjuku and Shibuya of Tokyo. As an experienced photographer I learn t from Lukasz and would had to spend many hours finding the shots that he took me to. Great time and well worth including in your itinerary.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    FamilleTavani

    a small group of 4 was perfect and Lukas is just the best! he is a real pro. He will always give you the best advices on how to shoot some great pics and will explain how and why. He knows the best spots for night pics and long exposures. I simply enjoyed it! Thanks Lukas!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rebecca201436

    This was an amazing experience for myself and my 16 year old nephew. Lucas is a fantastic teacher and guide. We learnt techniques to take unique photos- nor just your standard Shibuya crossing and neon lights shots. Lucas also took us to locations we could never find on our own. I highly recommend EYExplore – I have been to Japan twice and both times done a tour with them.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jennifer G

    This is a tour to learn more about taking quality photographs at night, rather than seeing Tokyo. The evening was well planned with several stops. The guide was knowledgeable about different cameras and was able to help each person set up and take a variety of shots.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Canaan T

    Amazing! Lucasz was the guide for this night and he was very informative, patient and educational when it comes to composing shots. I’ve learnt a few things from him after this trip and loved every moment in capturing and setting up each shot for the tour. Just a word of advice: for those with professional photography backgrounds: let the tour guide guide you with a few steps. Having assumed knowledge of photography is good, but may impede the tour. I entered this tour thinking I know a shot here and there, but after the 2nd time when the guide lucasz taught me something new, I figured out that I should just sit back and let him continue to guide me throughout the night – even asking for his opinion on composing shots and asking for his ideas that can add to a shot. Awesome night, great guide and would definitely do the other tours offered in this section next time I go back to Japan 🙂

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I joined Lukas on the Tokyo By Night tour and had the best time. He shared his creative knowledge, pushed me out of my comfort zone and I ended up with some pictures I’ll treasure forever. #protip book in winter and you might even get him all to yourself!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Catherine G

    Lukas seamlessly guided us around the best spots in Shinjuku and Shibuya. I liked how much he help with settings and composition and encouraged creativity. We visited a variety of locations from big buildings, to cars and little side streets. Perfect amount of time and walking.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pedros22

    If you wish to awaken the creative side of your photography, this lesson is for you. Not only will you visit prime shots for night photography, you will be amazed at the endless variety of shots you did not think were possible to take. I wish I had spent a week with Stephane, who shared his passion and experience. To learn so much in such a short time was priceless

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jsyd

    Had a great time on the tour with our tour guide Axel, a very experienced photographer. This company does very small group tours, so there was a lot of personal attention and welcome advice about the best settings to use without being overbearing. I had a wonderful times in areas that I wouldn’t have felt comfortable setting up a tripod on my own, but in a small group it was very easy. The tripod hiring option is also great, no lugging of a heavy tripod in your luggage, for a small cost you can hire one for the tour.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Edgardo R

    Great tour. Highly recommended. Lucas was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable in photography and helps with your settings if you need.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    紀子 髙

    It’s an educational photography tour for everybody. Lucas the guide lead us to the artistic Tokyo night.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Max G

    I will do it again and again… Great personality of the photographer. Showed us hidden spot, good of finding locations. Even if i´v done nightphotography before. He twisted my photography a bit more. +++++

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    travelwithcarlo

    I just came back from shooting the Tokyo lights at night. The tour is fantastic and the guys are really professional and have structured the course very well. You will be trained on how to make the best compositions and get the best out of your nighttime photography. This is a must do while in Tokyo.

  30. Rated 4 out of 5

    279Mack

    I was super excited for this tour and I thought it went well. Learned couple cool points and took few nice pictures. As a tour guide myself, I thought Lukasz was simples and short. When we were walking around I would ask few questions about Tokyo and he was clear not excited to talk. Always very short and abrasive. I would enjoy more if we could have some cool conversation and learn a little bit more about Tokyo or Japan ( I know he is not a Japan culture guide!). Besides that the tour was fine.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Simone B

    I loved this tour. I had Lucas as a guide and he was great, as we were a small group the attention to detail was perfect with lots of support and time to take wow shots, you never felt rushed. The locations good with not to much walking which made time for more photos. I learnt quite a few new trick and tips on how to get the best out of my camera for some amazing photos and the tripod hire was ideal I am now looking to buy a similar tripod. The rain on the night added a whole different level and made for some wow photos.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Vaila M

    It was a great way to spend a few hours in Tokyo. I was lucky enough to pick a cold January evening for my tour which resulted in me being alone. This meant I got a lot of opportunity to get some really great tips from Lukasz. He was very professional and it’s so clear he knows what he’s doing with a camera. It was also very clear he had teaching experience because he asked the right questions to check I had understood everything. He has picked out some excellent spots for Tokyo night scenes resulting in some beautiful souvenir shots. Thanks Lukasz for coming out on that chilly evening. It was one of the highlights of my time in Tokyo!

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Penny P

    Lukas does a great job of taking you to some awesome vantage points during his night photography tour. As a professional photographer myself, I enjoyed getting tips and ideas from another pro. Thanks Lukas for helping me get some great photos!

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    SWFC1963

    Lukasz did a great job with our group of 4 with varied equipment, skills, and interest. He gave us great locations to work from and gave us insightful assistance on composing various shots and understanding the mechanics of making a good shot better.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    WaynesWorld54

    This was a great tour. Lucasz provided excellent advice and guidance. His input on composing each scene took what would be fairly average photos into ones I am proud of. I learnt a lot and would recommend this tour for other photographers.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    David O

    Lukasz is a helpful guide who led us through various vantage points in Shinjuku and Shiboya to work on composing long-exposure shots that reflect the energy and movement in Tokyo. The tour is well organised and thought out, and I learnt some interesting ideas about composition and different exposure lengths. Bring a spare battery!

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    1CANADIANTRAVELLER

    I had an amazing time on my first photography tour capturing the night life of Tokyo. Lukasz did an amazing job explaining everything to me and never got frustrated with my random questions =). Overall, he is extremely patient, friendly and knowledgeable. What more could one ask for in a tour guide? All my friends and family keep complimenting me on the shots we took together. I would highly recommend this tour and would love to do it again some time in the future.

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    shamurai

    I’ve shot photography for years and years. I had never shot long exposure night before. You know those futuristic shots with the light streaks from cars. Armed with a new tripod, a 16-35mm lens, and a trip to Tokyo I found Eyexplore was offering a “Tokyo by Night” course to teach you how to take the exact shots I wanted. I emailed them to make sure my lens was right for the course, they emailed me right back saying it’s perfect. Then I booked online from their website. The plan is to go from Shinjuku to Shibuya for a few hours. After meeting up with the instructor, Lukasz, and the one other person in the class we took off. Lukasz’s instruction is exact and casual…which was refreshing. I liked how we started more-or-less on time but he didn’t rush the class. We started about 5-7 minutes late but he just extended that time at the end to make sure we got the full course. The other guy in the class was a high school exchange student who was brand new to photography, Lukasz did a great job of giving him the attention he needed while answering my more experienced questions. He really explained how to understand the scene, meter the shots, and compose the photo…which is way different from the street photography I’m more accustom to. I kinda wish I booked like 2 more classes with them…totally know I’ll do it on my next trip to Tokyo, Kyoto, or Osaka (where they offer photo courses).

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chandra K

    Lukasz was our guide and he made sure that the tour was fun and at the same time helped to compose and shoot nice pictures. Highly recommend to any one interested in night photography.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Donna P

    Was very impressed with the whole tour. The photographer, Lukas, was able to teach us a lot about our various camera settings, and by the end of the tour, we were able to set most of them up without prompting. The locations were great, and the whole tour was a lot of fun. I’d definitely recommend it!

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emthinks

    I did the Tokyo by night tour with Stephane and I’m so glad I did. I haven’t done night photography before and have been struggling to get the results I want in low lighting. I told Stephane this and he really challenged my skill set and perspective. He’s respectful, passionate, knowledgeable and works hard to make sure you get what you want from the session with people of all skills sets. Would book again.

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    nja1231

    Lukasz an excellent guide, friendly ,professional, efficient in making sure we got good shots,gave every one personal attention and even helped me get down low to the ground for the shots of the Shibuya crossing A true gentleman! Highly recommended

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jonathan L

    Terrific outing. Lukas was a great host and pro. Took the time to help set-up shots as needed. No worries if you’re an amateur either. Highly recommended!

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    sanneshine

    I am a hobby photographer and this tour was my first time doing city night photography. Lukas had great places to shoot and views/compositions I would never have thought of. He would help set up my camera initially and by the end we would be able to think of how to adjust our settings manually on our own. We went around the Shinjuku neighborhood, even through Memory Lane for some awesome street photo opportunities and ended in the Shibuya neighborhood. I learned so much and Lukas was so patient with me, thanks for a great tour!

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    vinwak

    An great way to spend an evening with awesome photographs to remember it by. The guide Lukas was exceptionally helpful, making sure we had the support and time to take those great shots. I didn’t feel rushed and no question was too stupid. Having done quite a few photo tours before it was refreshing to find a professional photographer who also showed great professionalism as a guide. The locations he chose to take us were awesome and gave creative shots. His tripod supplied option was ideal for me as well. This was a quality manfrotto device which Lukas showed how to best use.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    5504Marilyn

    Stephane took us through the rudiments of long exposure shots in night time Shinjuku. Down side streets and busy streets, the metro,and parks ending up at Shibuya. Great tour, in your face photo shots of the people and fashions. Great way to spend an alternative evening in Tokyo appreciating different angles, lighting and areas of the city you wouldn’t otherwise notice. Highly recommend this tour if you’re interested in photography and people.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    tiyddingsk

    Thanks to Lukas for a great night of photography in the streets and bridges of shinjuku and shibuya. from tips and advice on camera settings everything was perfect for great photo shots. Lukas to took us to photogenetic places up and under the bridges of shinjuku and from there the car light streams were amazing. highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in photograpghy thanks Lukas

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    cubdoc

    I was met by Lukasz at the agreed place in Shinjuku.The instructions sent via email were easy to follow and precise! Fortunately, there was only one other photographer with me which made for a more hands-on experience and more expertise advice and tips by Lukasz. The advice on camera settings were on-point as Lukasz was able to reconfigure my standard or factory settings to allow for better quality of photographs capture. The highlights for me were the light streams from traffic above Shinjuku; I usually set on bulb and guess on the f-stop send iso settings whereas Lukasz provided key guidance on all settings from f-stop, aperture and iso; this helped me a great deal. The other highlight was taking photos at the infamous Shibuya crossing; this seemed unnatural but a lot of fun and intrigue had by pedestrians surrounding us. Thanks for a memorable experience!

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Felfoldi

    Booked the night tour with Lukasz. Learned a great deal and came away with some great shots. If you are into photography, can not recommend enough.

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    allenfotowild

    The Shinjuku area can be quite intimidating to find your way around with all the traffic and people, but it is a great place to photograph the night lights, traffic streams and activities. With only one night in Tokyo, I wanted to use my time efficiently and EYExplore, with their local knowledge, made it easy. Lukasz quickly took me to a variety of places for some great shots and some good tips about capturing the activity. EYExplore quickly and competently answered all questions that I had beforehand about where to meet, etc. Turned out I was the only one on the tour that night and had a great time with Lukasz.

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Valeria M

    I made a night tour with Lukasz and I was positively surprised that the group size was only 3 people. That gave Lukasz enough time to really guide each of us. He is very experienced and can show you tips and tricks on every type of Camera, no matter which brand. He has shown us some very good spots and the results are amazing! Thanks for the great tour! V

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Damage2508

    Took the photography tour led by Luke thru shinjuku and shibuya. I broke some of my core rules but learnt some more about composition and tricks to frame in a way to remove distractions. Luke was well versed in the operation of the cameras in the group and gave insightful advice into the best viewpoint , how to approach candid street photography and what angles offer a composition.

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Jane W

    This tour was the highlight of my entire 12 days in Japan. It was so much more than I expected. I anticipated photographing the neon signs, but Lucas taught us so much more about long exposure, streaming car lights and setting up tripods in unusual spots, like under a bridge, leaning over the railway. I plan to come back to Tokyo next year and will do another tour with this company. I had a fantastic time and have some amazing photos as a result. I highly recommend this tour to those with an interest in photography at any level – absolute beginner to some experience. Lucas is a great teacher, knowledgeable about cameras, the Tokyo areas and worked so well with us all. He was very helpful.

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We meet in front of the entrance to the Odakyu Department Store on west side of JR Shinjuku Station. The sign above the entrance reads 'Shinjuku Terrace City.'

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