Tokyo, Osaka and their surrounding areas Top 10 Graduation photo hotspots

It’s finally your graduation after all these years of hard work. It is not easy to gather all your best friends anymore when everyone is getting a new life. So why don't you take this opportunity to travel to your favourite Japan destinations, and take graduation photos with your buddies in this special occasion! Below are some photo hotspot suggestions which are easily accessible from Tokyo and Osaka.

Tokyo and surroundings

1. Tokyo Odaiba 1:1 Gundam

Who can ever forget the iconic Gundam series back in their childhood? Whether you are a fan of the series or if you like Japan's unique culture, the 1:1 Gundam model at Tokyo Odaiba Diver City Plaza will definitely touch your heart. Take pictures in front of Gundam with your bros, get yourself some cool stuffs at the souvenir shop nearby, or visit the themed café for a coffee break. Don’t miss the light show, the atmosphere will be totally different from daytime!

Distance from Tokyo station: 30 mins by train

2. Tokyo Disneyland

Most girls have dreamed of dressing like a princess and visit Disneyland, but have you ever thought of dressing in your graduation gown for your next visit? You can take pictures in your gown in front of the castle, with Disney characters, or even on a rollercoaster ride! Remember to hang on to your hat, or your graduation cap may be blown away!

Distance from Tokyo station: 20 mins by train

3. Kamakura Kokomae Station

“Slam Dunk” is the legendary anime of all time. Still remember one of the most iconic opening scene? It was actually inspired by a junction at the Kamakura Kokomae Station. Kamakura is a small town by the sea with rich fisheries. Grab yourself a bowl of seafood rice at a very reasonable price, and get some local products before you head back.

Distance from Tokyo station: 1 hr by train

4. The Fuji Five Lakes

Kawaguchiko, Yamanakako, Saiko, Motosuko and Shojiko are collectively known as the Fuji Five Lakes region. It is one of the best places to view Mount Fuji from a close distance. You can enjoy all sorts of water sports, fishing, biking, camping, flower appreciating and hot spring around the area. Go on the very last school picnic with your classmates in Japan, share your feelings around the campfire and create the most special memory together.

Distance from Tokyo station: 2.5 hrs by train

5. Karuizawa

Karuizawa has always been the most popular resort area. Apart from all the outdoor activities you can choose from, make sure you pay a visit to Lake Kumobaike to see the amazing colours it wears at different time of the year. Not interested in sightseeing? You will be able to find Japan’s biggest outlet mall in Karuizawa, pick your friends the best graduation gift so they remember the good time you had together in Japan!

Distance from Tokyo station: 1.5 hrs by train

Osaka and surroundings

1.  Osaka Universal Studios Japan

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is finally opened. To mark the occasion, be sure to dress yourself up as wizards or witches! Don’t want buy a costume? Graduation gown has always been the best outfit for it! Jump onto the Hogwarts Express and be prepared for the flashback on your first day of school. Seize your time to also visit other movie scenes in the park!

Distance from Osaka station: 10 mins by train

2. Nara Park

Nara Park is Nara's must see attraction. In addition to the National museums and historical temples, the star of the park is the over 1,000 deers living inside. Apart from their favourite "deer crackers", they basically love eating everything. Therefore you are advised not to bring along with your graduation certificate, otherwise you will be risking your certificate to be eaten by these adorable animals.

Distance from Osaka station: 1 hr by train

3. Kyoto Kamo River

Ancient city Kyoto is known for it’s historical heritage, but you can still enjoy the peacefulness along the Kamo River even though it is located in the heart of Kyoto. You can never find such a clean river that runs in city centre elsewhere. Want to test your courage? Cross the river via these stepping stones, and jump onto the turtle-like stones without falling!

Distance from Osaka station: 50 mins by train

4. Kyoto “Hakama” dressing

You may think that dressing in a Kimono is not special at all, but did you know that there is actually a special kind of Kimono that you can only dress on your graduation? It is called “Hakama” and is available for rent in Kyoto, the best place for travelling around in the Japanese traditional clothing. You are recommended to pre-order Hakama rental in advance, as this popular clothing can be out of stock easily.

Distance from Osaka station: 1 hr by train

5. Kobe Kitano Ijinkan

Besides the traditional Japanese architectures, you can also find a very western area in Kobe. The Ijinkan were residences built by foreigners when they were doing business at the Port of Kobe which opened in more than 100 years ago. Since the style of these residences are so different from Japan, the locals call them “Ijinkan”. Visiting this area is like going on a time travel!

Distance from Osaka station: 20 mins by train