Tokyo is probably one of the most photographic cities to fire up that camera shutter and post that Instagrammable photo on Instagram. Every corner of Tokyo has something unique and scenic that will make your eyes pop with wonder and make-your camera happy.
There are quite a lot of Instagram accounts that features Tokyo on their grid, like @discovertokyo and @explorejpn. You’ll be surprised that most of their featured photos are taken on spots that are free and doesn’t require you to pay for any admission tickets.
Best Instagrammable Spots in Tokyo 2019
Some of the so-called free “Instagrammable” spots ranges from rooftop views, stunning shrines, massive architectural designs and random street alleys.
1. Shibuya Crossing View Deck (Magnet by Shibuya 109)
Don’t just join crossing the famous Shibuya Crossing, go up to the roof top of Magnet Shopping center and enjoy the awesome bird’s eye view of Shibuya Crossing.
The rooftop access to Magnet shopping center is free!
Shibuya Crossing View Deck Access
Crossing View Deck: 11AM – 11PM
*Closed during New Year holidays.
1-chōme-23-10 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0041
2. Hie Shrine – Red Torii Gates
Wishing to see a similar place like Kyoto’s famous Fushimi Inari shrine in Tokyo? Worry no more! Hie Shrine is located a few minutes away from Meiji Jingu shrine.
This hidden shrine in Tokyo has its own tunnel of red torii gates which became famous for tourists.
Hie Shrine - Red Torii Gates Access
April to September: 5AM – 6PM
October to March: 6AM – 5PM
2 Chome-10-5 Nagatacho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-0014
3. Tokyo International Forum
Tokyo International Forum is Japan’s largest congress center, located near the Ginza shopping district. The soaring Glass hall that serves as the main reception area of the forum became famous for its massive architectural design.
Tokyo International Forum is perfect for your architectural Instagram grid!
Tokyo International Forum Access
7AM – 11:30 PM
3 Chome-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-0005
4. Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
The entrance of Tokyu Plaza located at the heart of Harajuku resembles a kaleidoscope like view. The unique puzzle of mirrors creates a stunning mosaic of reflections, this view made it quite famous for photographers and tourists.
While you are here, go to the 6th floor and enjoy the view at the rooftop garden. Starbucks coffee shop is also located at the rooftop garden.
Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Access
11 AM – 9 PM
4 Chome-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001
5. Meiji Jingu Shrine – Sake Barrels
An interesting spot that you will see at Meiji Shrine is the wall of Sake barrels. These Sake barrels are donated by Sake brewers from all over Japan with the sake being used for shrine ceremonies and festivals.
The Sake barrel wall is located inside the shrine ground towards Harajuku station exit.
Meiji Shrine - Sake Barrels Access
5Am – 6PM
(Consecration of Meiji Shrine, Wine barrels)
〒150-0001 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae, 1, １ 丁目 １８−５
6. Gotokuji Temple
Gotokuji is located in Setagaya Ward in Tokyo, home to hundreds of “Lucky” cat figurines. The “Lucky” Cat figurines are offerings from the worshippers of Gotokuji Temple. The offerings symbolized gratitude when the worshippers’ wishes came true.
Gotokuji Temple Access
2 Chome-24-7 Gotokuji, Setagaya City, Tokyo 154-0021
7. Asakusa Tokyo Skytree
Want to take a different shot of the Tokyo Skytree? The famous photo of Tokyo Skytree with a reflection from the canal waters is taken from Jikken Bridge in Sumida City.
Best time to go is during the golden hour and don’t forget to bring your tripod for that long exposure shot!
Asakusa Tokyo Skytree Access
5-chōme-13 Narihira, Sumida-ku, Tōkyō-to 130-0002
8. Asakusa Sensoji Temple
Sensoji temple is one of the oldest in Tokyo with almost one and a half millennia of history imprinted on it.
To enjoy the empty and quiet grounds of Sensoji, visit the temple at night (8PM onwards). You’ll be amazed that this temple could also be empty after being packed with people for a whole day.
Asakusa Sensoji Temple Access
Main hall: 6:00 to 17:00 (from 6:30 from October to March)
Temple grounds: Always open
2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032
9. Akabane Bridge Tokyo Tower
The Akabane bridge boasts a street view of the famous Tokyo Tower. From this point of view you can take a shot of the Tokyo’s central grid with its iconic tower.
Akabane Bridge Tokyo Tower Access
3 Minato City, Tokyo 108-0073
10. Naka-Meguro River – Cherry Blossom
One of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Meguro River is lined with hundreds of cherry blossom tree. During the peak viewing season of cherry blossoms the view is just magical! Especially at night time.
Naka-Meguro River Access
1-chōme-8 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tōkyō-to 153-0064