The Tokyo skyline

The Tokyo skyline

Well it took me about a month, but I finally managed to get a good picture of the Tokyo skyline.

My first few attempts weren’t that great. I first tried the observation deck at the Bunkyo Civic Center. It’s free to take the elevator to the 25th floor and it has some nice panoramic views.

Picture from Guilhem Vellu via Flickr.
Picture from Guilhem Vellu via Flickr

I was able to get a good view of Shinjuku and Mt. Fuji, but to me the picture isn’t the best and the contrast is pretty flat. Granted Mt. Fuji is about 80 miles away and this was a pretty clear day, but I still wasn’t thrilled with it.

Shinjuku from the Bunkyo Civic Center with Mt. Fuji in the background

Zoomed out view from the observatory

But last weekend I took a short trip to Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in southern Tokyo. The 20 mile train ride to Tokyo costs ¥800 one-way and takes about an hour.

Picture by ksenia_romanova via Flickr
Mori tower shown on the right. Picture by ksenia_romanova via Flickr

The trip to the 52nd floor with the observation deck costs ¥1500, but for an extra ¥500 you can go to the City View deck on the roof and walk around the helipad.

The photographer in the background will take your picture and then ask you to buy a print later.
But she also didn’t have a problem taking a picture with my camera, as long as I took one with her camera first. Nice of them to do that.

I went back downstairs in time to catch the sunset and got some pictures I’m happy with. If you’re interested in seeing them larger, visit my Flickr site here or click on the image to see it full size.



I’m really happy with the last picture. I didn’t have my tripod with me so I had to place my camera on the ground next to the glass window. I used my bunched-up jacket as a make-shift tripod so I could get it framed properly and make the horizon level. The exposure was 20 seconds as evident by the light trails in the bottom right.

I definitely think I’ll print a large copy when I get back to Greenville. I’ve got a few other pictures in mind that I want to take before I leave and I’ll make more posts when that happens.

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