Tokyo is a city of extremes and contradictions. An old fishing village on the large marshy land has become the most populous city in the world. There are the “big city bright lights” areas of Tokyo such as Shinjuku and Shibuya. However, most of Tokyo is surprisingly very quiet and peaceful with old temples, shrines and gardens as a reminiscence of old Shogun times. The guide takes you through Ginza, Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Yokocho or Yanaka, we will not miss the skyscraper district with Tokyo Skytree or Tokyo Tower and the amazing temples, gardens and shrines such as a Meiji shrine. The best thing to do in Tokyo is to wander around the city. Let’s do it!

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Brian Wood-Koiwa


Brian Wood-Koiwa is an American urban/Japan fine-art photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. He has lived/worked and travelled around the world in places such as Qatar, Ecuador, Thailand, Australia, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in central Africa, before settling down in and around Tokyo. He has been living in Tokyo for over 14 years, so his photography is inspired by the contrast of the ultra-modern and traditional aspects for which this megalopolis is known.

He calls his photographic style “UrbanWeird”: celebrating The City by emphasizing the beauty and “un-beauty” of the seemingly urban mundane. His main focus is anything urban (urban landscape, cityscape, street, urban abstract) and the temples and shrines that dot the city, at times existing harmoniously and other times not so harmoniously - but interestingly - with the vertical steel and glass bones of the city. He does also enjoy photographing the sublime natural wonders that surround Tokyo that help contain the urban chaos. You can find his work and services at

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