Tokyo Metropolis | Private

Rated 4.94 out of 5 based on 54 customer ratings
(54 customer reviews)

¥24,000per session

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Adventure Type

Private

Max Size

4 people

Duration

2.5 Hours

Locations

Ginza
Shimbashi
Shiodome
Yurakucho

Language

English

Includes

Professional photography instructor

Excludes

Camera
Hotel Pickup
Train Fare (~¥170)

Recommended Gear

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

Architecture

People

Skyscrapers

EYExplore Tokyo Photo Tour & Workshop - EYExplore trainer in action while coaching
EYExplore trainer in action while coaching

What’s the Story?

Peering up in awe at monolithic steel and glass towers, one can’t help but feel small. Capture that feeling in your photographs, juxtaposing tiny human forms against cold and sterile structures. Contrast the artificial and man-made with the organic—hints of nature and human life surrounded by the Tokyo metropolis.

What We’ll Shoot

We will learn how to create compelling images of architectural elements and the people that populate the city’s concrete environs. You’ll be coached on using composition concepts like leading lines, negative space, and juxtaposition. We’ll practice using these techniques to convey a variety of narratives.

Where We’ll Explore

Our journey will begin in Shiodome—a district walled in with glass and steel skyscrapers. From here we will head to Ginza, famed for its broad avenues lined with intricate examples of avant-garde architecture. Afterward, we will end up in Yurakucho where we will explore the innards of the monolithic Tokyo International Forum.

Meet the Trainers for this Photo Adventure

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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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.

In the case that you have booked a hotel pick-up, please ignore these instructions. Your guide will be at your hotel at the booked start time.