Recommended Photography Location in Tokyo: Shinjuku

Shinjuku is a huge neighborhood with so many great spots, it is hard to cover them all within 1, 2, or even 3 hours session. Here are some of the most popular spots in Shinjuku:

Omoide Yokocho

Omoide Yokocho, aka. Memory Lane is one of the most famous areas of old-fashioned back alleys (yokocho alleys) in all of Japan, providing glimpse of Tokyo’s Showa period past. The spot is certainly a must see for anyone visiting Shinjuku, but please note that given how narrow the lanes are, it is not suitable for taking picture for a group of more than 3 people.


Next to Omoide Yokocho is the infamous Kabukicho red light district area, with its rows of neon lights and signs. On the way there from Omoide Yokocho you’ll have the chance to tourists’ favorite picture of busy pedestrian crossing. Best taken in the evening or night.

Golden Gai

Similar in vibe to nearby Omoide Yokocho, but focusing on cocktails rather than chicken, Golden Gain is made up of six alleys tightly packed with independent bars. Half the experience here is wandering through, with each small entrance completely individual—covered in stickers, pristine and painted, or aged and battered. This place is best done in the afternoon or early evening, before the crowd gets too rowdy.

A session in Omoide Yokocho or Golden Gai will easily take around one hour each, combined with Kabukicho. For two hour session, one of the spots can be combined with Shinjuku Gyoen (during daytime), or the two spots can be combined together.

Omoide Yokocho, AKA Memory Lane


Shinjuku Golden Gai

Bar in Shinjuku Golden Gai