Tokyo Soul

(1 customer review)

¥32,000Private Tour

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Adventure Type

Private Photo Workshop

Max Party Size

4 people


3 Hours






• Professional photo instructor


• Camera
• Hotel Pickup
• Train Fare (~¥170)

Minimum Required Gear

• A comfy pair of shoes
• Smarphone or entry-level camera

Daily Life Scenes

Retro Tokyo

Street Photography

What’s the Story?

Tokyo is a huge metropolis with all kinds of locales, from sleek streets lined with avant-garde architecture to gritty red-light districts bathed in neon light. But where is Tokyo’s soul? One might say it resides where the regular people have been getting together and going about their lives and business for decades. That’s what we will discover together on this photo adventure.

What We’ll Shoot

We will shoot street photographs of people and places that are emblematic of daily life in Tokyo. We will focus on the east side of town, which is older, draped in the patina of time. We’ll spend much of our search for Tokyo’s soul in the heart of the Shitamachi, or ‘low city’, where the gentry of the olden days, the merchants and the artisans, lived and plied their trade. Today these are bustling neighborhoods away from the famous tourist spots.

Where We’ll Explore

We will begin our search for Tokyo’s soul in Shimbashi, a district known for its after-hours nightlife—a haven for salarymen and office ladies tucked between major office districts. During the day the revelers are absent, but in their place we will find cooks, couriers, and other street denizens going about their daily work. We will also head to Ueno and explore the chaotic and colorful Ameyoko market running along and underneath the girders of the overheard railway, shooting scenes of real life to the cacophony of passing trains.

Instructors for this Photo Adventure

1 review for Tokyo Soul

  1. claudiasharon1

    I took the Tokyo Soul workshop with Charles and it was such a memorable experience. I’m a deaf photographer and this was my first in-person learning tour with a teacher. I brought my husband along to act as my ASL interpreter and was nervous about whether I’d be able to overcome the communication barrier enough to really learn and enjoy the workshop. I shouldn’t have been worried! Charles was a fantastic and patient teacher. I loved the old-Tokyo locations we visited and it was really fun to capture the everyday life moments of the merchants, artisans, chefs etc. going about their normal workday. Charles taught me a lot about composition, especially what to include/exclude from the frame for a composition with greater impact. The workshop also built my confidence in photographing people, which can sometimes feel intimidating! A huge thank you to Charles and the EYExplore team for a super tour that I will remember for many years to come.

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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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