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A Photo Essay: Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is the world’s largest city, and although it can be quite overwhelming at times, I fell in love with Tokyo all the same. Everything was so incredibly different from what we are used to, and I found myself in a constant state of confusion, awe and excitement at the unknown.

Our days were spent wandering the city streets, checking out the city from above, visiting Shibuya Crossing, checking out temples and gardens, dining at wacky themed restaurants, walking near the Imperial Palace and wandering around all the different neighborhoods such as Ginza, Akihabara, Asakusa, Ueno, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku and more. We also had the chance to meet up with our friends Jess and Hai from Notes of Nomads. We met them at TBEX in Athens last fall and they were kind enough to hang out for the afternoon and show us around the city!

We had a fantastic time catching what felt like just a glimpse of the city! There is so much to see in Tokyo; here’s a peek at what we managed to tackle during our first visit:

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 Have you ever been to Tokyo? Did you love it as much as I did?

 

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  • Paula McInerney
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    Posted at 01:05h, 31 July Reply

    We love Tokyo and go there annually. We always find some new area, something that we haven’t seen in the last 8 years or so. It is a great city to explore.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:18h, 06 August Reply

      I can see why you would head back annually–I would love to do the same! I bet you are always able to find something totally new!
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  • Travel-Ling
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    Posted at 02:42h, 31 July Reply

    Stunning photo essay guys! I love Tokyo and hope to visit there again next year! Your essay certainly has bumped the desire up a notch!
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  • Elaine J. Masters
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    Posted at 23:27h, 31 July Reply

    You’ve really caught the urban glam of the city and how crowded it can be. I’ve been twice and while a tourist, was so lucky to have local friends to guide me. There’s the crush of Tokyo and the quiet too.
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  • Jen Seligmann
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    Posted at 02:34h, 01 August Reply

    Hey Jenna,

    Really beautiful photos.

    I’m a big fan of Tokyo too, having spent a week there about two years ago. I love the contrast between it being a big city full of tall buildings and a crazy amount of people compared to it’s parks and gardens which are a total oasis. In the grounds of the Imperial Palace I felt like I had left Tokyo and moved onto a new place.

    Very jealous you got to see the cherry blossoms too 🙂
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  • Anne Sutherland-Smith
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    Posted at 05:36h, 01 August Reply

    Jenna, thanks for sharing your great photos! We are heading to Japan for the first time on a family holiday in September so these are a great reminder of the kinds of things we are looking forward to seeing.
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  • Ira
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    Posted at 08:04h, 01 August Reply

    Really beautiful photography. Definitely on my list of places to see. I can’t imagine that many people jammed into one city. It looks brutal at times.

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:13h, 06 August Reply

      Thanks! Yeah, it can get pretty crazy! We were lucky enough to avoid a lot of the crowds though, so it wasn’t too bad for most of our trip!
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  • Karianne
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    Posted at 15:55h, 01 August Reply

    Like you, I fell totally (and unexpectedly!) in love with Tokyo. These photos really really reminded me why! It’s such an amazing city and I cannot wait to return to discover more! Every sense is always overwhelmed – but in a really good way. I’ve never experienced anywhere else like it!

    Thank you for sharing your photos with us!
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  • Carolann & Macrae - One Modern Couple
    Posted at 17:44h, 01 August Reply

    Amazing shots! We were just in Japan and really miss it. These photos brought back some great memories – you’ve really captured a lot of the essence of Tokyo!
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  • Heather Widmer
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    Posted at 22:14h, 01 August Reply

    Wow, first of all, incredible photography! I’ve never been to Tokyo, but I think I’m ready to add it to my bucket list. I love the variety you highlighted in your photos- parks, skylines, food…it all looks amazing. If this is just a glimpse of Tokyo, I think anyone visiting would be in for a real treat! I really hope I have an opportunity to travel there one day!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:09h, 06 August Reply

      Thanks, Heather! It really is such a treat–there is so much to do there and it’s all so amazing–hope you get to go one day, too!
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  • Alice Teacake
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    Posted at 09:31h, 02 August Reply

    Hi Jenna! YES! I’ve been to Tokyo and loved every minute of it. Your photographs sum it up beautifully 😀 I planned a visit to Japan really last minute when I was in Korea and found out I had 2 extra weeks after my job finished to explore somewhere. Going to Japan blew my mind for all the right reasons and there are so many little quirky things that make it truly sweet, unique and memorable. I love the taxi drivers for example: wearing their little white gloves and the doors opening automatically pleased me greatly ><
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:08h, 06 August Reply

      Thanks, Alice! So glad you had a great time there as well! We didn’t take a taxi, but they looked adorable–next time we will have to hop in one! 🙂
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  • zof
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    Posted at 14:24h, 02 August Reply

    Fantastic image and a great place. Japanese design is so unique and classy.
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  • Veronika
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    Posted at 07:50h, 04 August Reply

    Hi! Your photographs are amazing. I can’t believe that the city doesn’t look crowded at all!! Did you go to locations early or how did you manage this! Awesome!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:03h, 06 August Reply

      Thanks, Veronica! We visited in March and the weather wasn’t the best, so I wonder if that had something to do with the lack of crowds–I’m really not sure how we got so lucky though. It was definitely crowded at times, but much less so than I thought it would be!
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  • Mia
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    Posted at 12:46h, 04 August Reply

    Absolutely stunning! I lived in Tokyo for 3 months back in 2003 and I’ve always regretted not taking more photos while I was there. I was thinking about going back very soon and you’ve inspired me to get moving. I miss the people, the food and the culture. i don’t know what kind of camera you have but your photography skills are incredible. I hope to get some great shots like these when I go back.
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  • Lindsay Nieminen
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    Posted at 15:05h, 04 August Reply

    Your Photography is amazing! i have not been into Tokyo only having a 24 hour layover in Narita. But I love traveling through the Asia / Pacific region and would love to spend an extended period of time exploring Japan!
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  • Zia
    Posted at 20:35h, 24 March Reply

    Really amazing shots, simply stunning! Could you possibly share the types of camera equipment that was used for these photos? Thank you!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 20:50h, 24 March Reply

      Thanks so much, Zia! We took most of these photos with a Canon 5D Mark III, but a few were GoPro images as well.
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