Tokyo in Pics


A photography blog about Tokyo, run by Australian photographer Rohan Gillett

Walking in Tokyo

A Hinomaru taxi whizzing its way through empty streets

Yesterday, I decided to walk from Shinbashi station to Toranomon Hills and then onto Zojoji and Tokyo Tower.  I hadn't been out just to shoot just for the pleasure of shooting recently, so I was really looking forward to it.  It was a pity though, as the weather decided it didn't want to cooperate with me.  So I left the Shinbashi with my camera and decided to just enjoy a walk and shoot whatever I came across.

Tokyo Tower surrounded by green

I like walking around the central areas of Tokyo in its canyon-like streets and then through the occasional gap looking at the taller buildings.  It is pretty weird at times though, you can have skyscrapers like Toranomon Hills and an old place like Atago shrine just a few hundred metres away.  Not weird as such, but the contrast is very interesting and makes for great shooting.

Tornamon Hills is one of Tokyo's newer skyscrapers and I wondered how all the shops there survive over weekends as the area seems mostly deserted.  Maybe they earn the majority of their keep from all office workers that are there during the week?  I've got no idea, but if you have a good answer, please let me know.

The stairs up to Atago shrine

Atago shrine was also a nice place to explore, but you need to climb a lot of stair to get to it though!  I didn't count how many there were, but there quite a few and extremely steep.  Get to top though and you'll be rewarded with a beautiful shrine that has a rock garden that has a pond filled with some carp.

The one in the middle is Toranomon Hills

The central city areas of Tokyo though, are probably like any other city in the world in that most of the traffic is missing by late afternoon.  I find it a rather surreal experience walking along empty streets that are meant to be packed with cars.  Very pleasant.

Hydrangeas in bloom at Atago shrine

Around five o'clock I got to the temple of Zojoji and it was dark.  The main hall was closed but it still attracted a fair amount of people even so.  With Tokyo Tower just behind it, it shouldn't have been surprising.

Looking up at Toranomon Hills

How about you?  Did you have a good weekend?  I hope you did and I also hoped it involved a bit of photography!

You could nearly abseil down these stairs!

Zojoji temple with Tokyo Tower behind

Tokyo Tower - taken from the rear deck of Zojoji in the early evening