Shinjuku Station is one of the most major stations on the circular railway line called the Yamanote Line. The Yamanote Line surrounds central Tokyo and you are likely to change trains there at least once during your trip to Tokyo. After coming all this way, your finger is probably glued to the shutter button, ready to snap a photo of all the cool places Japan has to offer. Why not start with Shinjuku, the center of Tokyo? Shinjuku photos are especially beautiful when taken after the sun has set, so shots of its night view are a definite must!
If You Want Great Shinjuku Photos, Go to Kabukicho
Kabukicho is known as one of the biggest entertainment districts in Tokyo. Its symbol is the arch at the entrance of Ichibangai. Day or night, the red-colored arch stands out, bold and flamboyant, as if to capture the rich and adventurous energy of Kabukicho. To get the perfect shot of this famous landmark, try taking the photo slightly further away from the arch rather than standing just underneath. This way, you not only get a view of the arch itself, but also its bustling environment.
Kabukicho Ichibangai Arch 歌舞伎町一番街のアーチ
- Address Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0021
Got a Crush? Go To the Shinjuku Love Statue for Good Luck!
The big Shinjuku LOVE statue at Shinjuku I-Land is a well-known landmark, standing tall and proud in Nishi-Shinjuku. Made by the American artist Robert Indiana, some say that your love will be returned if you can pass between the "V" and "E" without touching the sculpture. Skeptical? Try it out yourself after taking lots of pictures of yourself with that perfect shot of LOVE.
End on a High Note: Shinjuku Photos from the Tokyo Metropolitan Building
The observation decks in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Nishi-Shinjuku have absolutely no admission fee, but the fact that it’s free isn't the only reason they're so popular. Located 202 meters above ground, the decks offer clear views of the entire city of Tokyo as well as Mt. Fuji on a clear sunny day. And because it’s open until 11:00 p.m. each night, you have the perfect opportunity to take beautiful evening shots as well. It really is one of the best photo spots in Tokyo. Last entrance is at 10:30 p.m., and the line to ride the elevator can sometimes take a while, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get up and get that perfect Shinjuku photo before it closes!