10 Japan Travel Instagram Accounts to Follow

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From north to south, day to night, these Instagram accounts are chock full of Japan travel inspiration – making us want to quit everything and explore it all right now. Because Japan isn’t just Tokyo and temples, it’s four separate islands, 47 prefectures and almost 130 million people.

And this is the great thing about each and every account on this list; behind the camera there’s a person or people who’ve fallen in love with Japan; its diversity and its detail, its ugly and its beauty. You can’t help but document it.

1. Hikaru in Hokkaido

For poetic, oh-so-chic shots of the Hokkaido wilderness, check out the very well-dressed Hikaru’s @pikaring account. Think Cathy playing on the moors in Wuthering Heights transported to the northern tip of Japan.

Read more about Japan’s epic northern wilderness: Hokkaido

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2. Tohoku Kokeshi in and around Tohoku

A page all about the art of Japan’s traditional kokeshi dolls, underneath this account @tohokukokeshi is a rambling, unabashed and moving love letter to the Tohoku region.

See the best of the Tohoku region

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3. Tokyo Big City in Tokyo

The official Instagram for the world’s largest city, this is a curated account of daily follower’s photos. Shots tagged with #tokyo_bigcity get a chance to be featured in a collection that’s as bright, eclectic and diverse as the city itself.

Get to know Tokyo

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4. Kyoto Iitoko in Kyoto

Find the latest updates from tourist magazine Kyoto Iitoko on this account @kyoto_iitoko which basically just proves over and over how ridiculously photogenic Kyoto is.

Witness more of good lookin’ Kyoto

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5. Feel Kiyomizudera in Kyoto

The idea that a temple would need to have it’s own Instagram is totally justified with this stunning account @feel_kiyomizudera which grants enlightenment just by looking at it. Serene and contemplative moments are exquisitely captured – whoever is behind this account deserves a round of applause.

Go on a virtual tour of Japan’s temples

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6. Atsushi Aizawa at Mount Fuji

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Atsushi’s account @a_aizawa is all about photographing Japans most iconic landmark: Mount Fuji. You’d think he’d run out of angles but he manages to surprise us every time with another breathtaking capture.

Learn all about Mount Fuji 

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7. Yama Ok5 in Okinawa

For images that wouldn’t look out of place in a luxury travel brochure advert follow @yama_ok5, an Okinawan native whose account gives us existential wanderlust every.single.time. Is this place even real?

Torture yourself by reading about Okinawa 

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8. National Parks Japan

Follow @nationalpark_japan for breathtaking, boundless vistas of Japan’s incredible natural landscape, more than 70% of which is made up of mountains. There are 32 national parks spread across the country – just take your pick.

Get out into Japan’s nature

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9. Japan Night View

It could be argued that Japan’s cities look best at night. For supporting evidence, we’d cite this Instagram account @japan_night_view. While the logo can be distracting, darkness has never looked this good.

Bask in the neon glow of Japan’s major cities 

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10. GaijinPot Travel

Shameless plugs aside, the GaijinPot Insta account @gaijinpot is all about showcasing the best of Japan-related photography. If you tag your photo with #gaijinpottravel, you could be featured on our dedicated travel site in a new monthly roundup of the best readers’ travel photos. Check it out!

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Research by Shizuka Sakamoto. Follow her @ril_13

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