Azabudai Hills Sky Lobby – New viewpoint for Tokyo Tower
When to go to Azabudai Hills Sky Lobby photo location?
Sunset Splendor at Tokyo Tower
Photographers who want to capture the essence of Tokyo will find the Azabudai Hills Sky Lobby to be a golden chance at sunset. There is great light for taking photos when the sun goes down below the horizon and turns the sky into a painting of bright colors. It’s not just the light at this time of day, though. As night falls, the famous Tokyo Tower starts to illuminate, which can be seen from the Sky Lobby. Its light against the sky at dusk makes a mesmerizing contrast that is great for photographers who want to get that magical shot. Because you shoot through glass, make sure to use a lens hood to protect against light reflections. In this photo spot, there are many reflections.
Ensure to check the opening hours. This photo spot may be closed for the entire day due to a private event. You can get some information here.
How to get to Azabudai Hills Sky Lobby photo spot?
Journey to the Sky - Navigating to the Azabudai Hills Sky Lobby
Part of the adventure is getting to this amazing rooftop viewpoint point of the Tokyo Tower. You can get lost easily if you take the wrong entrance. Check out the map below. Taking the metro and getting off at Kamiyacho Station is the easiest way to get there. Take exit 1 to leave the station. It’s only a short walk to the main north entrance of the Azabudai Hills Mori JP Tower from here. When you get inside the tower, go straight towards the elevators in the basement. Finally, take the way up to the 33rd-floor Sky Lobby. Enjoy this photo location on the Tokyo Tower. Make sure to read the insider tips below.
Things I should have known before visiting
Insider Tips - Maximizing Your Photography Experience
The Azabudai Hills Sky Lobby is like any other place where photographers wish they knew all the little details before they went. One main tip I wish I knew before is the photo spot on floor 34.
The large window front on the 33rd floor is where most of the tourists go. Staff work hard to keep the crowd under control so that everyone can enjoy the view. This can be a problem for photographers, though, especially those who want to set up their cellphone for a timelapse. Although I had made room for others and only put down my cell phone for a timelapse, I had to remove it.
What I wish I had known beforehand is that there are two more windows on the 34th floor (just walk up the grand staircase) where you can take photos undisturbed by stuff. You can also set up a small tripod here. Because the space at this photo location is very limited, be early here.
But keep in mind that this viewpoint is a public area, so be kind and leave space for other people who are also trying to get the right shot.
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 21:00 (check for closing days)
Entrance Fee: no entrance fee so far (might change in future)
Best time: be there before sunset
Photography Equipment: Tripod not allowed, but at some hidden places you might be able to setup a small tripod. Photo spot has limited space. Please take care on others.