Shibuya is the heart of Tokyo. Whether you are a Tokyoite or a tourist, you have probably visited or passed through Shibuya many times: the Hachiko Statue, the Scramble Crossing, Shibuya 109…this area is known as the hub for entertainment and shopping. Shibuya is very lively, but this area also has the best photo spots, especially for fashion or portrait shoots.

Keep reading if you are looking for some original photo spots, besides the typical and touristy Shibuya Crossing.

The portraits below were taken by the incredibly talented Tokyo-based photographer,  Sophie (you can see her work here).

Without further ado, here are the best photo spots in Shibuya:

1. Insokashiradori Avenue

This is regarded as the main shopping street. The avenue is one of the best photo spots in Shibuya especially during the evening, when the neon lights are lit up.


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2. Ichiran Ramen Shop, Shibuya

It might sound silly at first, but the ramen shop can make a cool background for your portraits, thanks to the traditional Japanese paper lanterns.

3. Mag’s Park

If you are not afraid of heights, the Mag’s Park Crossing View rooftop (look for Magnet by Shibuya 109 building, nearby the Shibuya Scramble Crossing) will give you a bird’s eye view of Shibuya and will also make a great photo spot for portraits.

On a lower floor of the same building you can find an art wall, where you can also leave your mark and take nice portraits. The art wall might not be there permanently, however, it is worth checking it out if you visit Mag’s Park.


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4. Nonbei Yokocho

Nonbei Yokocho, also known as Drunkards’ Alley, is a typical Japanese alley filled with bars and restaurants. Shooting here will give you an authentic Japanese background to your portraits.


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5. Shibuya Stream

The Shibuya Stream tower is a large building with an incredible structure, combining urban architecture with nature, located in the southern part of the area. The big, long stairs make the perfect background for some candid portraits.

Thank you for reading.

Which one is your favourite spot? Do you know other recommended photo spots in Shibuya? What are your best spots in Shibuya? Share your thoughts in the comments.

If you are looking for more photography inspiration and locations in Tokyo, check out Best Photo Spots in Harajuku, Best Photo Spots: Meiji Shrine and Best Photo Spots in Ginza.

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