Tokyo in Pics


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

Great places to shoot in Tokyo – Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower is still the heart of Tokyo as far as I’m concerned.  Skytree might be bigger, newer, more famous, get more visitors, but it’s not the king yet.  Tokyo Tower still reigns supreme.  It has been one of my favourite places to shoot in the city for many years and will remain so for many years into the future.

Tokyo Tower on the left and Daiichi-Keihin on the right

The tower with its great location, height and colour make it very attractive to photograph.  I’m sure many of you have seen this shot before somewhere on the internet and now I wanted to share my own shot with you and tell you a little more about it in case you ever want to go there to get your own.

The spot where I took this shot from you is very close to Tamachi station.  You can get there by using either the Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku lines.  Once at the station leave via the west exit and when you get to the street turn left and walk down the road about 500 meters, then you’ll see a pedestrian over the road.  That is the place you want to shoot from.

A closer shot of Tokyo Tower

That bridge is a great vantage point.  If you have a wide-angle lens you can get the view towards Tokyo Tower AND Daiichi-Keihin (the major road on the right) in one shot.  With a medium-range zoom you can bring the tower closer in your shots.  Of course, with shooting at night you can play with the light-trails as there is always lots of traffic on the two roads.  Day-time shots with neutral-density filters offer some interesting possibilities too.

For this article I took the shot with my Fujifilm X-T2 and the 16-55mm F/2.8 Fujifilm lens. I really should have shot at sunset to get a more dramatic look to the picture, but with my work and at this time of year it is very hard for me to get there at a good time.  Hopefully I can replace the picture here in the future with something more dramatic.  Still I like it as there are some nice light trails in it.

As for shooting from the bridge, it is quite easy.  The bridge itself is quite wide, so it is very possible to set up a tripod and have no problems with people running into you.  One problem though is with joggers.  If there is a group of them and they are all running at the same pace, the bridge can really sway, so that is something to be aware of.

If you shoot here one day, I’d love to see your pictures!  On Instagram use the hashtag #tokyoinpics, or if you are on Facebook, you can post any Tokyo pics in the Tokyo in Pics group (click here).  Hopefully I’ll see you in one of those two places!  If you have any comments or questions, please leave them in the section below.