Friday, August 2, 2013

Five Location Ideas for Engagement Photography in Tokyo

Tokyo is overflowing with spots that make excellent backgrounds for engagement or pre-wedding photoshoots.
Earlier in the year, I listed five great Tokyo photoshoot locations, so today I'd like to add five more that also make great Tokyo engagement photography locations.

1. Asakusa: Walking through the streets here, you really get a feel for the atmosphere of old Tokyo and the traditional aspects of the city. Although it can be crowded, there is definitely no shortage of interesting backgrounds and sights, whether during daytime or night. As an added bonus, you can also get a great view of Tokyo Sky Tree from here.

2. Meiji Jingu Shrine: As the first shrine I visited upon coming to Tokyo, Meiji Jingu holds warm memories for me. Despite the crowds of nearby Harajuku, the forested paths of this shrine are quiet and offer a peaceful atmosphere. If you're lucky, you may even glimpse a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony taking place inside the shrine. (I did! :)

3. Ueno Park: Located next to Ueno Station in central Tokyo, this large park is not only amazing to see during cherry blossom season, but holds so many little interesting spots around it that you just have to explore to see it all. There are quite a few temples and museums inside Ueno Park, not to mention the Ueno Zoo! Shinobazu Pond is especially beautiful with numerous lotus pads spreading out over the water.

4. Shibuya: One of the most representative parts of the city, Shibuya is constantly alive with energy and pulsing with the latest pop culture of Japan. I had so much fun photographing this engagement session there at night. The giant scramble crossing and the smaller inner streets both offer unique backdrops for photos.

5. Shinjuku: Don't get it confused with Shibuya, because Shinjuku has a different personality (in my opinion)! This area of Tokyo has some of the best cityscapes, and a delightful mix of modern and traditional. When you're tired of buildings, there's even Shinjuku Gyoen to visit. Shinjuku is definitely one of my favorite places to go in Tokyo!