Experience a full transformation! 5 Photography Studios For Cosplay/Transformation Photos
There are many facilities in Japan where you can take photos having transformed yourself by putting on various costumes and makeup styles. You can dress in beautiful traditional Japanese clothing or even become one of your favorite anime characters! Here are 5 photography studios in Tokyo where you can enjoy that sort of transformation.
1. Studio Nanairo
This photo studio is in Asakusa, and you can pick from various plans including oiran (Edo period courtesans), geisha, or samurai.
You can pick your preferred outfit from over 100 choices! After you pick your clothing, the professionals will help you get dressed and do your hair and makeup and then a professional photographer will take pictures. You can take photos in a glamorous booth that matches your concept.
There are English and Chinese speaking staff available (please ask when making your reservation).
Example choice: Oiran Standard Plan (starting at 20,000 JPY (excl. tax), required time around two hours) *Includes clothing and accessories, hair styling and makeup, photoshoot, 3 photo prints, data (3 photos)
2. Studio Crown
This popular studio is in Akihabara, the representative otaku (geek) neighborhood of Japan. You can pick any outfit from their huge lineup from super popular anime characters to maids and ninjas! The professional hair and makeup stylists as well as photographer will help you take high quality photographs. There are English-speaking staff available (ask at reservation).
Example choice: Cosplay Experience Course (15,000 JPY (excl. tax) for 90 minutes) *Includes clothing, wig, make-up, photography, data (6 photos), and 1 mini-Polaroid
3. Maison de Julietta
This photo studio in one of Japan's leading fashion buildings, LaForet Harajuku, is a place where you can transform wearing a cute, doll-like fashion called lolita!
The styling is done by a hair and makeup artist that also works in magazines. Once you put on the clothing from popular brands that represent lolita fashion, you can take a kawaii photo that will make you look like a princess from a fairy tale.
There are English, Chinese, and Korean speaking staff available (ask when making reservations). There is also an English menu.
Example choice: Standard (9,980 JPY (excl. tax) *Comes with a change of clothing, hair and makeup, photoshoot, and photo data (3 photos)
4. Transformation Studio – REI & R's
This popular photo studio in Shinjuku is full of florid outfits, centering on Japanese styles like oiran, Japanese-style dresses, furisode (long-sleeved kimono), and more. Not only will they do your hair and makeup, they'll even do your nails so you can have a complete beautiful transformation. You can choose from a wide variety of background scenery and take a magical, colorful photograph! A great service is that you can get your photo data put on a SD card or memory stick if you bring one with you.
Example choice: Japanese-style Dress (20,000 JPY (incl. tax), required time 1-2 hours) *Includes outfit, hair and makeup, photoshoot, and all photo data (about 40-50 photos per outfit) on a DVD-R
Studio 麗 & R's
Studio 麗 & R's
5. Booty Tokyo
This is a popular cosplay photo studio perfect for people that want to do everything from outfits to hair and makeup and photography themselves.
Each floor of the 6 floor building is complete with a photography booth and a makeup and changing room. You can pick the situation that fits you best because there are various booths, including those with different townscapes, ruins, kitchens, bedrooms, inside trains or even shrines.
You can rent necessary equipment, amenities, and props. This is definitely the place for people who want to take the perfect cosplay photo to match their image.
Example choice: Half-time Passport (Available for 5 hours upon entry) 2,160 JPY (incl. tax) per person on weekdays
The fun part about cosplay and transformation photos is that you can enjoy being completely different from your usual. Please take the perfect photo as a memory of your trip!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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