Japan at Night

It is amazing how a little light or a lack of light can really change one’s perspective on things. I really feel that way about photography.

After many years of living in Japan, I still love taking pictures of just about anything. I certainly maintain a certain child-like fascination with the little things in life and love to take pictures of them. Bugs, leaves on the ground, corner roofing tiles on a small shrine or an izakaya at night. I love to capture these images and share them.

It is really clear to see that when you photograph Japan at night it not only has a different look but clearly a different feeling as well. I love taking pictures of everyday things at night. It would seem that a lot of other people out there feel the same way as well. My night shots of Japan consistently get more likes on Instagram and a lot more traction on Twitter and Facebook. Simply put, people like those photos more than other ones I take.

In this post, I want to share some Japan at night shots I have taken over the years.


Minatojima Matsuri on Port Island in Kobe, Japan. This was one of our neighborhood summer festivals. Amazing to photograph festivals at night. 
Almost seems that any Japanese restaurant at night looks cool. This one is in the Motomachi neighborhood of Kobe, Japan. 
Kobe Bridge as seen from Kita Park on Port Island in Kobe, Japan. 
I love this blend of new and old. Daimaru Department Store in Kobe, Japan in the background with a Shinto Shrine in the foreground. 
Even a row of vending machines can look really cool at night. 
A really neat little alley in Dotonbori in Osaka, Japan. I love lanterns!
Sannomiya in Kobe, Japan at night. 
Life under the tracks. Under the train tracks at night between Hankyu and JR Sannomiya Stations in Kobe, Japan. 
A restaurant at night in Sannomiya, Kobe, Japan. 
Small restaurant down a back alley in Sannomiya, Kobe, Japan. 





The writer:

Kevin O’Shea is the host of the Just Japan Podcast. He is also the guy behind JustJapanStuff.com. Kevin is a Canadian educator who lives in Beijing, China with his family. Kevin called Kobe, Japan home for 10 years. 

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Email: justjapanpodcast@gmail.com



  1. I really must “up” my night photo possibility, to be able to take really good ones and like you Kev have done here, capture the feeling.


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