5 Most Instagrammable Places In Tokyo

Tokyo is a massive metropolis with many corners to explore. But with its array of parks, frenetic markets and ancient shrines in stark contrast with gleaming skyscrapers, it can be difficult to know where to begin. To best capture the city’s famous, colorful cuisine and distinct aesthetic, grab your camera and head to these iconic — and seriously photogenic — Tokyo spots.

1 Meiji Shrine
Located next to Harajuku Station, the Meiji Shrine is a quiet respite for overwhelmed travelers. Originally built and dedicated in 1920, this shrine exalts the spirits of the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Millions of visitors flock here to participate in the first prayers of the New Year — so if you’re visiting during that time, be prepared for crowds.

 

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2.Sensō-ji Temple
Sensō-ji Temple is a five-story Buddhist temple located in the Asakusa district of Tokyo. According to legend, two brothers retrieved a statue of Kannon, goddess of mercy, from a nearby river, which they returned to the waters. Yet the statue came back to them. The temple was built shortly after in the 7th century, and remains Tokyo’s oldest temple.

 

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3. Ueno Park
Originally a part of the Kaneiji Temple, Ueno Park is now a beautiful green space that has been open since 1873. A variety of museums are accessible from the grounds, including the Tokyo National Museum, the Museum of Western Art, Ueno Zoo and the National Science Museum. Visit between late March and early April to photograph the park’s 1,000-plus cherry trees in bloom during cherry blossom season.

4. Tokyo Tower
Clearly modeled after the Eiffel Tower, this building is the second-tallest structure in Japan, standing more than 1,090 feet above the Shibakoen district of Minato. Originally constructed as a communications tower, Tokyo Tower also has an observation deck from where you can capture panoramic views of the skyline. But the tower is also an arresting sight. Swing by in the evening to admire (and Instagram) the illuminated structure.

5.The Scramble
Considered the world’s busiest intersection, Shibuya Crossing (or The Scramble) is an assemblage of crosswalks, flashing lights and hurried commuters. Rumor has it that a great view of The Scramble can be found from the glass-front Starbucks on the second floor of the Q-front building. Just be sure to arrive (and order your coffee) during rush hour to see the most impressive surge of foot traffic.

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