An evening with ShootTokyo — Night Street Photography, Tokyo

It’s always more fun shooting photos with other people; so whenever we find someone who wants to go shoot, we’re always up for joining! Way back in June, after aout a year of emails, we finally met up with Dave from ShootTokyo and his friend Steve, for an evening street photography session in Tokyo.

Team Leica vs. Team Fujifilm 😏

Shimokitazawa

Before going to Japan this year, I researched some new locations to visit in Tokyo, as I always seem to go to the same places when I’m there each year. Once I read that Shimokitazawa is similar to Melbourne, I was sold. So I was pretty happy when Dave suggested to go and shoot there.

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I would really recommend visiting Shimokitazawa if you’re near the area, as it’s a great place to walk around and it’s very photogenic for street photography.

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Kichijōji

Following Shimokitazawa, we took the train to Kichijōji. Having someone take you around a city is so much easier — Dave knew all the spots to go shoot. Hamonica Yokocho is a perfect place to take photos, as there’s so much happening in all the alleyways.

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The plan was to eventually end up in Shinjuku, so after a quick beer and playing about with each other’s cameras, we headed off.

Yakitori Alley

There are so many spots in Shinjuku, and Yakitori alley is one of the most well-known tourist spots to visit. Its entrance is pretty hidden, but you’ll definitely know you’ve made it to the right place with all smoke bellowing out from the teeny little bars!

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Again, like many other places we recommend you should visit in Tokyo, this is easily one of them. Especially in the evenings. Make sure you also experience some of the food and drink, even if just for a little bit.

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Yakitori Alley, Shinjuku
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Photographers Bar

To end the night, of course we had to end it at a bar in Golden Gai. Again, top of the tourist list, but a great thing about the bars in Golden Gai are the intimate conversations you can have with each the owners.

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Again, this bar was a recommendation from Dave (second from the left). If you’re looking for more info on the bar itself, you can read about it over on his blog.

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