Retro Tokyo

(2 customer reviews)

¥48,000per session

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Second camera rental * 

In the event of 2 people, please be sure to rent a second film camera (including film + developing service)

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Adventure Type

Master Class

Max Size

2 people


4 hours






• Film camera
• Film Developing & Prints
• Professional photography instructor
• Rolls of film (x2)


• Train Fare (~¥170)

Minimum Required Gear

• A comfy pair of shoes
• Film camera
• No tripod needed

Film Photography


Vintage Camera

What’s the Story?

Step into the old quarter of Tokyo, known as the ‘Shitamachi,’ and capture it with a vintage film camera. Tokyo is a high-tech and ever-expanding metropolis, but it also has a classic side harking back to simpler times in the 60s and 70s. Explore streets seemingly frozen in time and photograph with a camera from the same era. Retro camera; retro Tokyo!

What We’ll Shoot

Photograph the streets, shops, artifacts and denizens of Tokyo’s retro streets with an old-school film camera. We will practice using a 1970s vintage film camera. You’ll learn how to load the film, how to focus and compose your shots using a retro rangefinder-style camera, and of course how to find captivating and nostalgic compositions in the streets.

Where We’ll Explore

We’ll explore the alleys and laneways of Tokyo’s ‘Shitamachi’ or ‘downtown’—not a downtown in the usual sense, but the low city, the areas historically housing the gentry, as opposed to the aristocrats who dwelled in the city center. Neighborhoods such as Sugamo and Zoshigaya all harbor a quaint snapshot of a simpler life in Japan.

Instructors for this Photo Adventure

  1. 173nick

    I’ve now done 2 of EYExplore’s photo tours: Temples of Tokyo a few months ago and Retro Tokyo last week. Both are GREAT! Retro Tokyo was a wander through an older part of Tokyo, very few tourists, interesting older buildings and alleyways, a trolly/tram ride, and Stephane, a fantastic guide. We shot film – they’ll lend you a camera if you’ve only got digital – and finished the day in Shinjuku at a one-hour lab where we got prints made of our afternoon’s shooting. PRINTS!! Remember them?

  2. ayanoariel

    It was a great tour. We started out in Sugamo- what is considered to the the Harajuku of Tokyo’s lively elderly. We were introduced to the team and the cameras we were working with, and naturally let the arcade lead us.

    As we strolled through the old shopping arcade, we would capture some photogenic retro elements on buildings (rusty pipes, Showa-era delight mechanical gadgets, color faded signs and menus, and CATS!!.) and in abandoned buildings. We would stop to think of the composition, the lighting, how to shoot this situation… in which the two coaches would kindly give us freedom and some advice to shoot as we wish. We walked around, the arcade, a rode the old Arakawa tram, then to the kishibojin temple… All unbelievably slow spiritual places despite being part of the hustle and bustle city.

    I would have not discovered these niche areas to explore and to learn how to shoot photos in the process. I enjoyed the 3 hours shooting, in different locations, lights, moods, then developing photos, and checking out second-hand camera shops together while we wait. It was fun! Maybe make it even more themed “Kissaten themed” “Bar themed”, get models, the creativity we can put in this is endless!

    It was a very beginner class, so I liked the freedom that we had just given a camera and snap as much as you want. Maybe during little breaks we could have been taught the technical aspects, and some demonstrations from the teachers for more influence. Great way to be exploring an area… with a camera!

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We meet in front of Sugamo station outside the main entrance of JR station (on the street right in front of the station).