Tokyo Cityscape In Twilight Blue

March 27, 2018

From a central location 40 floors up, capture Tokyo's skyline with views of Tokyo Tower, Skytree, Shiodome Skyscrapers, Tokyo Bay, and even the Shinkansen (bullet train).

Tokyo World Trade Center Night View

The above photo was taken from Tokyo's World Trade Center Building (WTC) in Daimon. With almost 360-degree views, you really get a sense of just how amazingly big Tokyo really is! Also known as Seaside Top because of its fantastic view of the Tokyo Bay.

 

The World Trade Center Tokyo in Google Maps

Set up for the above shot was:

  • 14.0 - 24.0 mm f/2.8

  • ƒ/11.0

  • Focal Length:14.0 mm

  • Shutter: 81

  • ISO 64

  • Camera: Nikon D90

 

Heads Up...

Right off the bat, I have to tell you some unfortunate news regarding views. It was just until the end of 2017 that there truly were 360-degree views...

 

A skyscraper was built right next to WTC which essentially blocks Mt. Fuji views and also diminishes views of Tokyo Tower, although you can still photograph it if you don't mind not making it the center feature of your composition, as I did in the top photo.

"Dear Customers,

Thank you for your interest in our observatory. Before purchasing a ticket to our observatory, please note the famous Mt. Fuji can no longer be seen from the observatory due to the construction of a new building on the west side. Thank you for your patronage and understanding.

World Trade Center Building

Observatory manager"

 

Tokyo World Trade Center Is Still One Of The Best Spots To Photograph Tokyo's Skyline At Night!

Even with all this, I still think this one of the best spots to photograph Tokyo's cityscape in the twilight hour. From such a height, there are so many great panoramic options. I went for a quick walk around the building and took a few snaps to show you what you can expect to see.

How To Get To Tokyo World Trade Center Building?

The World Trade Center Building (WTC) is located in Daimon. If you are coming from Daimon Station, look for the yellow sign when you get off. You want to find the B3 Exit.

While you're here, take a look at other popular places too, like Shiba Park (A6 Exit), it has fantastic views of Tokyo Tower and Zojo-ji Temple (A6 Exit), also with great views of Tokyo Tower. There is a lot to see around Daimon Station, so I urge you to look around if you have time!

Go up to the main exit and follow the arrows to the B3 Exit. This will take you directly to some stairs that will lead you directly to the building.

At the reception desk on the first floor for Seaside Top World Trade Center Observatory, you'll have to buy a ticket from the vending machine. Ticket prices are written in English and Japanese, and there is always a staff member to help you if you have any questions.

Bonus!

Print out this coupon and present to staff to save on the admission fee.

After you have your ticket, the staff will call the elevator for you and you'll be on your way to the 40th floor. Get off and give your ticket to the staff, and then you are free to wander around.

 

Set Up

It's great to have the choice of photographing Tokyo Tower or Skytree from the same place!

There are many tables and chairs you can use, and more importantly, tripods are OK to set up here! This day I decided to focus on the north side of the building in the direction of Skytree, with the bonus of capturing the elevated monorail (Yurikamome Line which goes to Odaiba) and Shinkansen lines (Bullet Train). I also chose a weekday to make sure there were as many building lights as possible. After choosing my spot, with the bonus of having a table and chair, setting up my mini tripod, camera and trusty towel, it was just a matter of enjoying the view and waiting for the sun to go down.

 

Tip:

The windows of the World Trade Center Building have some kind film on them. This film tends to have a lot of scratches, so take a few test shots when you are setting up and really zoom in on your view finder to check for any imperfections in your shot.

 

At A Glance:
  • Location: World Trade Center Building (WTC)

  • Station: Daimon Station (Toei Oedo Subway Lines, Asakusa Subway Lines) and Hamamatsucho Station (Tokyo Monorail Lines)

  • Ease of Access: Easy

  • Admission: Adults: 620 yen, High school students: 620 yen, Middle school students: 360 yen, Elementary school students: 360 yen, Children: 260 yen

  • Hours: 10:00 - 20:30 (last entry 20:00), except when special events are held during summertime for fireworks over Tokyo Bay and Christmas.

  • Views: Panoramic views of Tokyo Tower, Skytree, Shiodome Skyscrapers, Tokyo Bay and Shinkansen (bullet train)

  • Tripods: OK 

 

Tip: Mt. Fuji is no longer visible. Older websites have not updated their information.

 

Bonus Tip: Print out above coupon and present to staff to save on the admission fee!

Although Mt. Fuji can't be seen anymore, there are still plenty of great views and photos to take here. Take some food and drink with you, grab one of the tables, easily set up your camera, and enjoy the night views.

If you are interested in seeing other twilight and blue hour photos of Tokyo, please feel free to visit my Flickr feed.

 

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