My dream was to capture the neon lights of Japan, so I did

Guys, I am addicted to neon lights and images. Honestly you should see my neon specific Pinterest boards (they’re here, here, and… here, by the way if you actually want to take a look). When we headed to Japan last month, it was my dream to take a few neon snaps of Japan of my own, and I did just that.

Welcome to my miniature neon photo gallery. It’s tiny. It literally contains 5 images. But man am I happy with them.

1. Dotonbori, Osaka

This was the first image I created from a basic night time shot I took in Dotonbori, a well-known area of Osaka.

Dotonbori, Osaka. Image created by me.

I almost didn’t take this shot. We were wandering the streets, heading back to our hotel and this side street caught my eye. I love the large board that stands prominently in the centre of the photo welcoming you to Dotonbori. Who knows what adventures lie within these city walls?

2. Neon trees, Festival of Light, Osaka

Taken the same evening, we wandered down this one fantastically vibrant and luxurious main street which was lined with all sorts of decorated trees. Clearly Christmas is coming.

Festival of Lights. Image created by me.

Clearly pinks and purples are a colour palette I like to explore. I also love the Japanese symbols on the road: it’s the little things.

3. Shinjuku, Tokyo

Finally, a change of direction for the colours in this photo.

Shinjuku, Tokyo. Image created by me.

I believe that this is a popular spot for a photograph, as I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a few almost identical images. For me, it was the signage above the door on this building that really stood out for me, especially the red symbols shining through the blue.

This may be a cold image, but to me it signals the hustle and bustle and vibrancy of real life Tokyo.

4. Taxicab, Tokyo

Another spectacle for me in Japan was their abundance of wonderfully old fashioned yet ultra modern taxis that roamed the streets day through night.

Although this image has less neon lights, I love the busy-ness of it, and the way the white lights really brighten the street. This was such a bustling area of Shinjuku, I’m glad I managed to grab a photo with one of those sleek taxis in it.

Fun fact: the taxi doors open themselves, and they’re lined with blue neon lights. Utter luxury.

5. Final night, Ikebukero, Tokyo

As we waited in line for our final ramen of the holiday, we spied this glorious high rise opposite us. We could see the rooms lit up in rainbow colours, and people singing and dancing away whilst they drank what I presume was copious amounts of Asahi.

Ikebukero , Tokyo. Image created by me.

Our final dose of neon lights in Japan were once again a mixture of blues and purples. Can you see the purple room up there? That’s where the people were singing and dancing.

Final thoughts

Whilst my pictures of the neon lights of Japan are nowhere near professional or perfect, I love them. They remind me of one of the best adventures of my life, and pave the way for my neon photography to get better.

Do you have a favourite? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you. Don’t forget to check out my other posts from Japan either! You can find them here and here.

Until next time, doei xxx


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  • Gill says:

    I love the neon trees stunning. Your blogs are brilliant reading, love them.

    • Simone says:

      Yes they were so beautiful, and lined the entire street which literally took us about an hour to walk from one end to the other! Thank you Gill, I’m glad you’re enjoying them xxx

  • Dalia says:

    You have such a good eye for what looks good in a picture. You’ve managed to really capture the essence of neon lights and the way they completely envelope you, I can almost picture the glow of the pinks and blues on your face as you look up at them. I absolutely love neon lights as well, a lot of my designs are inspired by them!

    • Simone says:

      Ah, the thought of them lighting up faces is so beautiful, I wish I could capture that too :O! Thank you so much, I am a complete amateur but I’d love to get better at photography. There’s something about the glow of neon lights that just makes me feel so warm and safe, I love them.

  • Nikki says:

    Another brilliant blog post, love reading about your adventures and your pictures of the neon lights are simply stunning!