Tokyo is undoubtedly Japan’s hotbed for all things cool. From fabulous shopping districts to scenic, green spaces, it’s the place to see and be seen, but more importantly, it’s the ideal place to document on social media.
With countless quirky locales and striking settings, it’s a ideal backdrop for budding photographers and social media-savvy travelers seeking the perfect photo to add to their Instagram feeds.
Below, we’ve rounded up six of the best photo-worthy spots to capture during your Tokyo tour.
Charge up your smartphones and get ready to rake in the “likes.”
1. Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
Shopping never looked so good. Upgrade your mirror selfie with this kaleidoscope-like structure at the entrance of the multistory Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku shopping complex. Designed by Hiroshi Nakamura, an award-winning architect who’s also responsible for the updated terminals at Haneda Airport—the eye-catching entrance is fitting for the Harajuku district known for its eclectic fashions and quirky architecture. A photo of this prismatic masterpiece will make your friends and followers stop mid-scroll and double tap.
2. Tokyo Skytree
Want to get a snapshot of Tokyo’s breathtaking cityscape? Look no further than Skytree. The world’s largest tower located in Sumida provides panoramic views from the observation deck some 1,400 feet in the air. In addition to remarkable views, the tower also houses a restaurant and shop where you can get a meal and pick up trinkets in between photo ops. Whether you visit during the day or at night, you’re bound to photograph unforgettable ’grams that will captivate your followers.
3. Nezu Shrine (Torii Gate Tunnel)
No trip to Tokyo is complete without a stop by the Nezu Shrine. Who can pass up taking a photo of the brilliant red and deep pink pillars lining the walkway? Even though they’re secondary to the main shrine buildings on the grounds, they’re just as intriguing. The traditional posts create a colorful tunnel, providing a dimensional effect that Instagram followers crave. If you visit during the spring, you’ll get bonus points for posting gorgeous blooms on display during the Azalea Festival held on the compound from early April through May.
4. Gotokuji Temple
Looking for a bit of luck? Well, if these beckoning kitties don’t bring it, they’ll surely deliver the “likes.” Located in the Setagaya district, these kitschy ornaments can also be found at temples and souvenir shops throughout Tokyo. Forget ordinary cat photos — these cute felines will set your feed ablaze with praise.
5. Hidemi Sugino Bakery
When in Tokyo, indulging in tasty treats is a must. Satisfy your sweet tooth while inducing food envy across social media by heading to Hidemi Sugino. One of Tokyo’s top dessert destinations, the bakery boasts picture-perfect pastries that will make your followers swoon with delight. The light mousse cakes in particular are known to draw lines out the door. Just remember, purchase before you post—the shop doesn’t allow any photography of its scrumptious creations before buying.
6. Ueno Park
It’s no secret that skyscrapers are synonymous with Tokyo, but the bustling metropolis also has a serene side that adds to the city’s allure. Ueno Park is packed with lush greenery begging to be photographed. Originally part of a private estate, the public park is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the populous city. Not only is it a refuge, it’s also bursting with culture—both a museum and zoo are on-site. Plus, if you visit in spring, you’ll be greeted with dozens of awe-inspiring cherry blossoms—ideal for Instagram. Showcasing nature’s beauty is a no-brainer for garnering positive social media feedback.
From mesmerizing views to bakeries with dazzling desserts, Tokyo is an Instagram-friendly destination that will impress your followers and create memories that will live forever.