Railroads and Tokyo

Gear: Sony A7
Lens: Tokina Plastic Fantastic & Minolta 85mm f1.4

Recently, I had the chance to go back to Tokyo for a couple of days before heading out to America. While my stay was short, there were several places I wanted to visit. If you've ever been to Tokyo, you'll realize that it's like a giant pancake folded over itself many many times over. There's a mix of old and new in a way that is totally unique to itself. 

During my short stay, I decided to take a look around an anime pilgrimage site in the city. It's nothing fancy, no grand view or majesty to it, just a simple stop in the city. This is a neighborhood with train tracks that run right through it. 

The Neighbor's Train (Coordinates: 35°40'13.8"N 139°41'24.1"E) Click through for google maps location. 

The Neighbor's Train (Coordinates: 35°40'13.8"N 139°41'24.1"E) Click through for google maps location. 

This is a particularly interesting neighborhood for me because I'm a sucker for railroads. Normally you'd find railroads going through neighborhoods in less developed areas, however this one is in a modern setting. I've included the map below, the indicators show where the train tracks intersect roads. 

To the left of Meiji Jingu Shrine park area between Yoyogi-Hachiman Station and Sangubashi Station. 

To the left of Meiji Jingu Shrine park area between Yoyogi-Hachiman Station and Sangubashi Station. 

There is a nice little neighborhood near Sangubashi Station where you can find Nepali food. Here is a zoomed out map of where the neighborhood is located in terms of Tokyo. 

I think this a great off-the-beaten-path location for photographers to get city life pictures in Tokyo. I'm also sure in the right time/season/lighting someone can take great train pictures here. Below are a couple more pictures from the neighborhood. 

Tracks Between (Coordinates: 35°40'26.6"N 139°41'28.0"E) Click through for google maps location. 

Tracks Between (Coordinates: 35°40'26.6"N 139°41'28.0"E) Click through for google maps location. 

8 Millimeters Per Second (Coordinates: 35°40'31.0"N 139°41'30.3"E) Click through for google maps location. 

8 Millimeters Per Second (Coordinates: 35°40'31.0"N 139°41'30.3"E) Click through for google maps location. 

If you're ever in Tokyo and have some time to spare, or if you're already in the Meiji Jingu/Shinjuku area, I recommend taking a stroll through this neighborhood. It's actually a quiet neighborhood despite the trains going through it. This location was famed from the anime short film 8 Millimeters Per Second. A great place to get another view of Tokyo off the beaten path.

If this post has helped you or inspired you in anyway, please feel free to leave a comment down below and please check out my other locations in Japan. Your questions are also welcome! Best wishes on your next photo excursion.  

Yours truly,