See a different side of Tokyo with a bespoke photowalk tour
Tokyo is absolutely massive. That’s no secret at all. Yet despite the city’s truly sprawling nature, it’s surprisingly suited to explorations on foot. Many interesting areas are within easy walking distance of each other, and like so many journeys in life, the bits in between can very often turn out to be the most rewarding.
Having lived, walked and photographed in the Japanese capital for nearly two decades, I can honestly say I know Tokyo fairly well. Meaning I know where to go, and more importantly perhaps, where not to. Plus, of course, I've sought out lots of the little side streets and alleyways that in a city the size of Tokyo can very easily go unnoticed.
So, in a bid to put this knowledge to some use, I’m offering photowalk tours of Tokyo. However, what works for one person doesn’t work nearly so well for another, so each tour will be a bespoke one. It could be a meander through the back streets of well known areas, or a more off-beat journey away from the city's busier haunts. The customisation options are almost limitless, and a taster of my walks can be seen on this short segment I did with CNN. You can also read about them in this Associated Press review, as well as part of a CNN Tokyo tours article.
Also, while there will obviously be a stress on the photography side of things, the walks won’t be workshops. Of course tips and advice will be readily offered when wanted, but the emphasis will be far more on the explorative side of things. A way to see new places with your own eyes, and hopefully come away with some memorable shots. A brief peek, if you will, under the thin veneer of modern Tokyo, to see the older, often grittier capital.
Both prices are fixed, regardless of the number of people.
¥20,000: A three to four hour bespoke photowalk for up to four people. Morning or afternoon starts.
¥35,000: A full day of walking and bespoke exploration for up to four people.
*Both options exclude any food, drinks or travel costs.
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To ask questions, check availability and book a photowalk, please get in touch through the secure form below, or if it’s short notice, I can be contacted on either WhatsApp or iMessage at +81 090 1120 6199.
If, as I am, you are a regular follower of Lee’s blog, you will know that his love for Tokyo takes him well beyond those clichéd images of concrete, steel, neon and crowds. Like his photos, his photowalks offer up the human face of the planet’s most populated city. Having been on two of such walks (the only thing preventing me from embarking upon a third is that I no longer live in Tokyo), I can do nothing but recommend them.
Our last outing had Lee walking us from Ueno through to Minowa, the ‘shitamachi’ area of the city, where the past seeps into the present, the streets are narrow and indolent pussycats peer out from behind overgrown window boxes. Buildings that have stood for decades if not centuries, the spaces where they used to be: Lee knows it all and regales his walkers with his erudition and his easy good humour. Assuming, of course, that he’s not stopping to chat amiably to one of the locals along the way.
Footsore but fulfilled at the end of the tour, we ended up among peeling posters and wobbly tables, quaffing a well-deserved bottle of Sapporo or three. And yes - before you ask - Lee knows where all the good bars are as well.
— Colin & Naoko, Abu Dhabi
When I got home and looked at my pictures I realized maybe I should have asked Lee for some actual photography advice, but I forgot all about it because talking to him and experiencing the neighborhood through his eyes was so interesting. It's nothing like a standard guided tour, and the fact that a standard tour would never take you to these neighborhoods is just the start of it. Any tour guide can talk about a building you're actually looking at, but Lee is just as fascinating talking about a building that isn't there anymore. He'll tell you how there's real community in these old neighborhoods with people stopping to talk to each other on the street and in shops, and the next minute he'll actually be having a conversation with an elderly gentleman, commiserating about a big condo going up across from some old shops. If you're unfamiliar with these parts of Tokyo, I can't recommend these tours too highly - and even if you are somewhat familiar, as I am, it's an experience you wouldn't have on your own.
— Jessica, Washington