Last updated: May 5, 2022
Compiled by Philbert Ono
This is a list of pro photo labs in Japan where you can process film, make professional photo prints or archival prints, scan slides and negatives, and other tasks. The number of pro labs have shrunk quite a bit during recent years.
TOKYO Area Photo Labs
Note that Horiuchi Color does not process film anymore. They digitize film images, make prints, and do digital retouching. Only the following store can receive walk-in customers.
Horiuchi Color – Kanda
Kanda Ogawamachi 2-6-14
Phone: (03) 3295-2191
Fax: (03) 3295-0710
Hours: M-F 9:00-18:00, closed Sat., Sun., national holidays
Other Info: Horiuchi’s Photo Imaging Center and Tokyo Product Center.
Near Ogawamachi Station (Toei Shinjuku subway line) and Ochanomizu Station (JR and Marunouchi Lines).
National Photo / Mono Lab National
Address: 東京都渋谷区神宮前6-13-11 NPビル
NP Bldg., Jingumae 6-13-11
Phone: (03) 3486-7761
Fax: (03) 3797-6337
Hours: 9:30-18:30 (till 17:00 on Sat.), closed Sun. and national holidays
Other Info: Pro B/W lab. Also processes normal color film and rents camera equipment. Near Jingumae Station on Chiyoda subway line.
Pro-Lab Create – Ginza
Address: 〒104-0061東京都中央区銀座1丁目2-4 サクセス銀座ファーストビル4F
Success Ginza First Bldg. 4th floor, Ginza 1-2-4
Chuo-ku, Tokyo Japan 104-0061
Phone: (03) 3538-9822
Hours: 10:30-19:00 (11:00–17:00 on Sat.), closed Sun., national holidays, year end and New Year’s
Other Info: Processes film. Uses Fuji Film chemicals and products. Fuji Photo Gallery Ginza next door. Near Kyobashi Station and Ginza Itchome Station.
Shashin Kosha 写真引社
Akihabara Main Store
Higashi Kanda 3-2-3
Phone: (03) 5822-2111
Besides film processing and printing, they offer print matting/mounting and other services. There are two stores: Akihabara Main Store near Akihabara Station and Asakusabashi Station, Kanda Store near JR Kanda Station and Iwamotocho Station.
・Kanda Store (Rental darkroom, printing workshops)
Kanda Higashi Matsushitacho 17
Phone: (03) 6206-0155 (Kanda Store)
Hours: M-F 9:00–18:00, Sat. 9:00–17:00, closed Sun. and national holidays
This lab in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo closed in March 2016.
Horiuchi Color – Osaka
Phone: (06) 6313-2351
Fax: (06) 6313-3575
Hours: M-F 9:00-18:00, closed on Sat., Sun., national holidays
Other Info: Osaka branch and head office of this leading pro lab chain. It also houses the Archive Support Center and Osaka Product Center. Near Nakazaki-cho Station (Tanimachi subway line). Also walkable from JR Osaka Station East Exit.
Pro Lab FAQ
Which pro labs are the best?
In Tokyo, Horiuchi Color and Pro Lab Create (which uses Fuji Film materials) are among the most patronized professional labs, especially in Tokyo.
Anybody can use these pro labs, not only pro photographers. However, Horiuchi Color no longer processes film. If you want your film or print to be processed to exact specifications, use a pro lab. Most of these labs also offer digital imaging services.
Where can I process film in Japan?
In Tokyo, only a handful of pro labs still process film. They include Pro Lab Create in Ginza and National Photo.
What about other pro labs besides those listed here?
There are other pro photo labs than those in this list.
How do I communicate in Japanese at a pro lab or photofinisher?
Most should be able to communicate in basic English. Or you can use a translation app on your smartphone. Also see PhotoJapanese and PhotoWords for basic Japanese phrases and vocabulary that will come in handy when you deal with the lab or photofinisher.