Top 6 Photo Spots at Tokyo Station

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Tokyo Station has become a classic photo spot for photographers and non-photographers alike.

The Taisho-romantic Tokyo Station and Marunouchi Station Building are actually home to a variety of photo spots.

In this article, we will give a light summary of those spots and points of interest, while also explaining some photography techniques.



Tokyo Station Marunouchi Station Building

Tokyo Station Marunouchi Station Building is the entrance to Tokyo that every visitor to Tokyo will see at least once.

The exterior of the building is covered with a red brick exterior wall, creating an atmospheric atmosphere that is hard to believe to be Japanese, and is characterized by the gap between the surrounding futuristic buildings and the station.

There are several places where you can see and photograph the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building more beautifully.

While the station buildings are of course beautiful during the daytime, if you want to photograph them more beautifully, we recommend that you visit them on a weekday evening. Since the area around Tokyo Station is an office district, it is possible to take more gorgeous pictures on weekdays when the buildings are lit up.


Tokyo Station Marunouchi Central Square

First is Tokyo Station Marunouchi Central Square, where you can photograph Tokyo Station from the front. Tokyo Station is wide horizontally, so using a wide-angle lens to capture the entire station will create a dynamic photo.

If you only photograph the station, the photo will appear flat, so adding plenty of lighted buildings and the sky will add to the power of the photo.

You can create a fantastic finish by focusing on the inn and blurring out the lights of the buildings a little, or you can stop down the focus and make the whole picture crispy and cool.

Vertical composition shot with Marunouchi Station South Exit and KITTE. Tokyo Station is a wonderful place to shoot not only from the front, but also from various angles in a variety of compositions.

Here, the central street was shining brightly, so it was placed in the center of the photo as a halo. I placed Tokyo Station and the building on the left and right with the lights in the center.


Even on rainy days

Tokyo Station is even more beautiful on rainy days.

Photographing Tokyo Station reflected in the puddles created by the rain makes the picture even more beautiful. After the rain, be sure to try photographing Tokyo Station reflected in the puddles of water.

Note that the use of tripods is prohibited in this area of Tokyo Station’s Marunouchi Chuo Plaza.

Although some photographers occasionally use tripods, please note that this does not mean you are allowed to do so.


Gyoko Street

Gyoko-dori Avenue, across the street from Tokyo Station’s Marunouchi Central Square, is a rare location in the Tokyo Station area where tripods are allowed.

Because of the location across the street, it is possible to use a tripod and take pictures with the light trails of cars or with a telephoto lens from a distance.


KITTE Garden” rooftop garden on the 6th floor of KITTE

This is probably the most famous composition for photographing Tokyo Station. The profile of Tokyo Station, the lights of the office district, and the light traces of passing cars can all be captured in a single angle of view, making for an extravagant photograph.

You can see why weekday evenings are recommended for this photo.

By the way, you cannot use a tripod, but you can take long exposures by placing the camera on the railing, which allows you to capture the light trails of cars.


KITTE 4F “Former Tokyo Central Postmaster General’s Office

Also on the fourth floor of KITTE is the former Tokyo Central Postmaster General’s office, where Tokyo Station can be seen from the window behind the postmaster general’s seat.
When photographed at night, the room is reflected in the window glass, but when photographed during the day, there is no difference in brightness between the inside and outside of the room, so no such reflection occurs.
It is easier to photograph this place in the daytime, and the atmosphere may be better. Incidentally, tripods are not allowed in this location.

Shin-Marunouchi Building Observation Terrace

There is also an observation terrace on the 7th floor of the Shin-Marunouchi Building overlooking Tokyo Station, from which the Marunouchi Station Building can also be photographed.

The view from here is not only of the Marunouchi Station Building, but also of the Tokyo skyline, creating a gap between the romanticism of the Taisho era and the futuristic atmosphere of the future.

The 7th floor of the Shin-Marunouchi Building has dining rooms and bars where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Tokyo Station while having a meal or a drink, making it a recommended place for those who want to relax and enjoy the view of Tokyo Station.

Tripods are prohibited here as well.



Marunouchi Building Terrace

There is an open-air observation terrace on the 5th floor of the Marunouchi Building.

The Tokyo Station building can be seen from the front, giving the viewer a more powerful sense of the power of Tokyo Station.

This location is very suitable for those who want to photograph Tokyo Station from the same height in front.

Tripods are also prohibited here.



In this article, I have tried to introduce some of the best spots and techniques for photographing the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Inn.
It is a wonderful place where you can take a variety of compositions in a single location, and is highly recommended, especially for those who want to practice their photography.
Please try shooting there during the daytime and at night, as you will be able to take pictures of the beautiful night view unique to Tokyo.