Having recently spent two months in the land of the rising sun, photographer and CameraPro ambassador Jesse Lindemann shares his favourite photogenic spots in Japan! 

1. Sensō-ji, Tokyo

Sensō-ji is Tokyo’s oldest temple, with origins dating back to the 7th Century. While there are countless angles for framing this ancient Buddhist relic, one of my favourite spots is actually across the street – from the observatory terrace on the 8th floor of the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center. It’s free and gives a great view of the main temple, five-story pagoda and the Nakamise-Dori shopping street.


2. World Trade Center, Tokyo

For spectacular Tokyo skyline views, head to the observation deck atop the World Trade Center Building for 360-degree panoramas from over 150m above street level. Come for sunset and stay to watch the city lights come alive.


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3. Omoide Yokocho Shinjuku, Tokyo

Hidden in the shadows of Shinjuku Station you’ll find ‘memory lane’ – a narrow alleyway filled with traditional yakatori and ramen restaurants. Come after dark for some old Tokyo style street photography, complete with thick smoke, lanterns and overly enthusiastic chefs. Note that many of the tiny restaurants and bars themselves have a ‘no photo’ policy, so be mindful when picking your subject.


4. Chureito Pagoda, Fujiyoshida

To fit multiple Japanese icons into a single photo, you can’t go past Chureito Pagoda. Resting on the side of a mountain, this five-story pagoda is blessed with stunning views of Mt Fuji. Arrive early for the best light and chance of clear skies before the clouds descend on Mt Fuji’s summit.


5. Lake Kawaguchi, Fujiyoshida

At the base of Mt Fuji lies a collection of five stunning lakes, ripe with photographic potential. The most famous is Lake Kawaguchi, which flaunts endless cherry blossom trees lining its shores in full bloom during the spring. If you’re lucky enough to visit on a clear morning with little wind, don’t miss the chance to capture a sunrise reflection of Mt Fuji.

6. Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto

Walking amid the towering emerald stalks of Arashiyama’s Bamboo Grove will make you feel like you’re in another world. The path is 500m of photogenic perfection – best enjoyed in the solitude of the day’s first light.


7. Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto

Popularised by Memoirs of a Geisha and famous for its 10,000 vermillion torii gates that straddle a network of trails leading into the wooded forest of the sacred Mt Inari, the shinto shrine of Fushimi Inari is a must visit for photographers in Kyoto. Arrive around sunrise to have the place to yourself and enjoy the time to experiment with different angles to capture a prized image without the crowds.

8. Osaka Castle, Osaka

If a traditional Japanese castle is on your list, look no further than Osaka Castle. Although the original 16th Century castle has been replaced with a concrete reconstruction, it remains one of Japan’s most iconic and photogenic landmarks. For the best angle, head to Nishinomaru Garden, just west of the castle. The cherry blossom trees make this vantage point all the more beautiful during peak Sakura season.


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