15 Photos That Will Inspire You To Visit Tokyo

Tokyo is one of our favourite cities in the world, it’s weird and wonderful and everything in between. From beautiful temples to quirky cafes, there really is something for everyone in this vibrant city – not to mention all of the delicious food.

We’ve been lucky enough to visit Tokyo twice in the past year, so we’ve put together our 15 favourite photos that we hope will inspire you to visit Tokyo.

01 Bright lights big city, downtown Shinjuku

Street lights and signs along a busy street in Shinjuku, does this Inspire You To Visit Tokyo?

02 Even the dogs are fashionable in Harajuku

03 Watching the sun go down from Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills

A daytime view of Tokyo tower from Mori tower, Roppongi Hills, does this Inspire You To Visit Tokyo?

04 A chef preparing Yakitori in ‘Piss Alley’

A chef preparing Yakitori in 'Piss Alley'

05 The ‘Monster’ Show at Kawaii Monster Cafe

06 A Japanese wedding ceremony at Meiji Shrine

Wedding at Meiji Shrine, Harajuku, Tokyo

07 Time stands still at Shibuya Crossing

Time Standing Still at Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

08 A platter of fresh sushi

Sushi Platter in Shinjuku, Tokyo

09 The Robot Show in Shinjuku

One of the human performers poses for the camera at the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo

10 Japanese fortune papers tied at Senso-ji Temple

Japanese fortune papers tied at Senso-Ji, Tokyo

11 A bowl of tasty ramen from the famous ‘Ramen Street’ in Tokyo Station

A bowl of ramen from the famous 'Ramen Street' in Tokyo Station

12 Two interesting characters converse on Takeshita Street in Harajuku

Conversation on Takeshita Street, Tokyo

13 Buyers preparing for the live tuna auction at Tsukiji Fish Market

Buyers evaluating the quality of tuna at the Tsukiji Tuna Action, in the Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

14 Colourful sake barrels line the path to Meiji Shrine

Sake Barrels line the walk to Meiji Shrine, Harajuku, Tokyo

15 Night falls across the city, showcasing the iconic Tokyo Tower

A view of Tokyo Tower and the surrounding areas at Night as seen from Mori tower in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo

Did our photos inspire you to visit Tokyo? What was your favourite photo?

Check out our list of 5 weird and wonderful theme cafes that you need to visit in Tokyo!

We’ve also written a guide to visiting the famous live tuna auction at Tsukiji Fish Market.

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  1. 27th May 2017 / 9:43 am

    I really didn’t need any further inspiration to visit to Tokyo but you sure helped anyway 🙂 Great photos!

  2. 5th May 2017 / 6:40 pm

    These are awesome photos! I am sure that you enjoyed your trip to Tokyo. My favorites ones are 04, 08 and 11. They look so delicious. It is also interesting to see how chefs prepare and cook their foods.

  3. 2nd May 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Whoa! I haven’t been to Japan and true to your topic, these photos do inspire me to pack my bags and get out there!
    I totally love the outfits they wear! And totally love the way they deck up their dogs too match themselves!!!

  4. 2nd May 2017 / 3:06 am

    Japan is on top of my list. There is just so much to do in Tokyo. I recently attended Tokyo Wonderland seminar in New Delhi. I must visit it before the Olympics happen here in 2020. Loved that shot of fashionable dog.

  5. 10th April 2017 / 9:26 pm

    #8, 11, 13 and 15 are most definitely my favorites and make me reminisce about the insanely fresh sushi, filling and delicious Ramen, the night lights of Tokyo streets and an overall coolness of this city and country. It looks like you’ve covered a lot of great spots, shows and attractions and thank you for sharing your inspiring images!

  6. 10th April 2017 / 6:50 pm

    Dogs with sunglasses?! haha Oh Japan. I love the food but I personally like the less lit up and the more traditional spots that I’ve been to there. Lovely photos though.

  7. 10th April 2017 / 1:39 pm

    There are several things that I love about this post. Firstly, your pictures say 1000 words. You show how bloggers don’t need to have 2000 plus words to present a meaningful story. For me, you’ve captured the flavour of this dynamic city with your colourful photos which show off not just the tourist viewpoints and iconic impressions (like shows and performances, sake and neon), but also the grind of daily life for the locals (chef hard at work in “Piss Alley” and buyers evaluating tuna at Tsukiji Market. Great blog! I’ve learned something here that i’d like to try in the future!

  8. 10th April 2017 / 12:09 pm

    I honestly hadn’t thought about travelling to Tokyo before you posted this. Yes, your photos changed my previous position. I LOVE it! The people, food, and culture looks very interesting and Tokyo just made it on top of my bucket-list!

  9. 10th April 2017 / 6:31 am

    Tokyo would be amazing to visit!! One day I will go there and eat all the sushi that I can!

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  10. 9th April 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Pinned it! Love that shot of the sake barrels. Austin booked his flight to Tokyo (TODAY!) with me for the beginning of June and I could not be more excited! We will definitely be following your tips. Everything looks like a dream especially the shot looking out over the city 🙂

  11. Riely
    9th April 2017 / 11:20 am

    I would love to visit Tokyo and from your photos it has inspired me to plan to visit soon. The sunset view from Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills looks beautiful! And the food I am sure is tasty as well. Thanks for sharing!

  12. 9th April 2017 / 6:09 am

    I’m moving to Japan in January and this has definitely inspired me to visit Tokyo! I hope to still be there for the Olympics 2020, but looks like there’s plenty to Ben getting on with in the mean time. Great post!

  13. 8th April 2017 / 9:08 am

    I have been to Tokyo a few times, and I admit that while I did enjoy it, I didn’t absolutely fall in love with it. I much preferred Kyoto/Nara. But your gorgeous pictures make me realize there are a few things I missed out on. And ever since seeing the crazy robot show on Anthony Bourdain’s Tokyo episode, it’s made me want to get back there to see one for myself.

  14. 8th April 2017 / 5:44 am

    I think you did inspire us to go to Tokyo. I really like the Japanese wedding ceremony as it looks so elegant. The fashionable dogs in Harajuku are pretty cute too.

  15. 7th April 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Photos are super gorgeous and are quite tempting to visit Tokyo. Japan is high on our list too but the expensive airfare puts our plan on hold 🙁 Monster show looks cool

  16. 7th April 2017 / 2:38 pm

    The colorful illumination of the city market is definitely something we want to visit and experience in person after seeing so many pictures of them. The view from the Mori Tower is stunningly beautiful. We hadn’t heard of the monster show and have never watched a marriage ceremony so these straight away get on on the list 🙂 The last picture with Tokyo tower is awe-inspiring!

  17. 7th April 2017 / 12:41 pm

    Here are my favourite 3 photos from your 15. My favourite is you stood at Shibuya crossing with everybody ghosting by. How many seconds do you leave the lens open to get this effect? Number 2 is the fresh sushi dish, it looks delicious. Number 3 is you watching the sun go down from Mori Tower, they are all Instagram worthy pics though!

  18. 7th April 2017 / 12:37 pm

    Oh yeah, your photos inspired me to visit Tokyo! And I lived there for 2 years. But Tokyo is always a cutting edge city and things are always changing and getting more interesting. The tuna pic is my favorite. Those guys are so huge.

  19. 7th April 2017 / 12:07 pm

    Okay that dog picture was just perfect! I’ve never really thought about visiting Tokyo but it’s at the top of my boyfriend’s list as he wants to visit one of the robot fighting cafés. I’ll have to show him these photos for trip inspiration!

  20. 7th April 2017 / 2:42 am

    Gorgeous pictures! Tokyo is one of my dream destinations and that Ramen looks so good 🙂

  21. 7th April 2017 / 12:16 am

    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous and make me want to visit Tokyo even more than I did! Hoping to make it there within the next couple of years. Definitely have to check out that Robot show!

  22. 6th April 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Such a variety of attractions! From the traditional wedding and sushi to bright lights and robot shows – it is visual overload. All of the food looks amazing.

  23. 6th April 2017 / 2:04 pm

    Oh my god! These photos are absolutely beautiful. Tokyo is one of favorite places, too. It is in my bucket list and this post makes me want to visit Tokyo soon. Food from Ramen Street looks so delicious! Ahh so in love with this. Hope you both enjoyed!

  24. 6th April 2017 / 1:00 pm

    What a collection of really lovely photos from Tokyo! Having lived in Japan (the Eastern part of Osaka) and learned the culture, customs and language (spoken and written), these photos brought back many happy memories. It’s very easy to love a place like this, full of colour, culture and super friendly people.

  25. 5th April 2017 / 4:24 am

    Looks like a very colorful and vibrant city! I would love to visit someday – my mother in law and sister in law are going this weekend so I will have to live vicariously through them till I get there.

  26. 4th April 2017 / 3:52 am

    Really inspiring photos of Tokyo! How long are you spending in Tokyo and Japan?

  27. 4th April 2017 / 1:54 am

    These photos are so good! I’ve been wanting to go to Tokyo for a few years now but still haven’t made it there. They say the food is amazing…

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