Tokyo in Pics


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

Godzilla in Kabukicho

I really should have done this article a long, long time ago, because I do like Godzilla.  He’s been in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho since 2015, just after he turned sixty and I … never turned up to take his photo on the big day.  Only I would turn up four years late to take a birthday photo. A whole four years. Actually, I’m surprised he didn’t turn up to my apartment building and stomp me into fine dust.  Sorry big guy ...

Still, four years late is better than never, right?    I doubt he has changed much between now and then. People tell me he still looks the same and I believe them.  I’ve seen photos. He’s the same.

And now you can see his head atop the Shinjuku Toho Building, forty meters up.  Yes, just his head, and some claws. It is a cool head.  That head is so cool that literally thousands of people walk past him every day and snap his pic.  Even at sixty-five, the King of Monsters still draws a crowd.

What more can I say?  If you are after advice about taking his photo, you can photograph him with anything.  Smartphones, point and shoots or DSLRs, all work.  Any camera will work. Just need to remember that the head is quite high up off the ground, so, the smaller your lens, the smaller he is going to look in your picture!  You could go up to the coffee shop that is on the same floor as he is, but those pictures don’t usually have the same impact.

And there is one more piece of advice I can give.  In daylight, the head doesn’t really look super spectacular, so I would recommend early evening, when the sun is going down and there will still be some light around.  Apparently he even gets lit up which makes for a little more atmospheric, but I’ve never seen that!

If you are looking for a place other Godzillas in Tokyo, there is always the one in Hibiya, which you can see here.  It is quite small, only three meters in height, so you can get much closer to it. The big one though, is in Kabukicho.

You can see the location of the Kabukicho Godzilla here:

Gear for this shot:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T2

Lens       - Fujifilm XF 16-55 mm f/2.8 R LM WR Lens

   - Fujifilm XF 55 - 200 mm f/3.5 - 4.8 R LM OIS