Tokyo Tower - View from Azabudai Hills Skylobby

Azabudai Hills Sky Lobby – New viewpoint for Tokyo Tower

Welcome to the Azabudai Hills Sky Lobby, Tokyo’s newest and most beautiful view! The brand-new photo spot is right in the middle of Japan’s busy capital city. It’s quickly becoming a must-see for both serious shooters and leisure tourists. With its stunning view of the famous Tokyo Tower, the Sky Lobby is more than just a place to look out over the city. It’s a way to capture the lively spirit of Tokyo. The Azabudai Hills Sky Lobby is a great viewpoint to take pictures, whether you’re a professional photographer looking to add some beautiful cityscapes to your collection or a tourist wanting to remember your time in Tokyo forever. We’ll talk about what makes this place unique and give you tips on how to get the most out of your trip. Get ready to be mesmerized by the stunning views and artistic possibilities at Tokyo’s newest photo spot!

Tokyo Tower - View from Azabudai Sky Lobby Canon EOS R5 with RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM | 15mm | f5.0 | 1/80s | ISO400
Azabudai Hills Sky Lobby Tokyo Canon EOS R5 with RF24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM | 34mm | f2.8 | 1/800s | ISO400

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.

Mount Fuji from Azabudai Hills Skylobby in Tokyo Canon EOS R5 with RF70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM | 200mm | f2.8 | 1/1250s | ISO400
Azabudai Hills Skylobby - Tokyo Canon EOS R5 with RF24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM | 70mm | f2.8 | 1/4000s | ISO400

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.

Tokyo Tower - View from Azabudai Hills Sky Lobby Canon EOS R5 with RF24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM | 42mm | f2.8 | 1/1000s | ISO400
Azabudai Hills Sky Lobby View - Tokyo Canon EOS R5 with RF24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM | 70mm | f2.8 | 1/800s | ISO400

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.

No drones allowedNo tripod allowedTake tele-lens with you

Location: 1 Chome-3-1 Azabudai, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0041, Japan
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
Entrance Fee: entrance limited to Hills House Azabudai users
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.
 Update: As of 2024-04-14 Access Limited to:
・Customers using Dining 33
・Customers using Sky Room Cafe & Bar
・Customers who purchase Dining 33 pâtisserie à la maison
・Hills House members and their guests
The change the operation to the B1F entrance where a staff member will confirm that you are eligible to use the facility before entering.

Azabudai Hills Sky Lobby Travel Guide
Azabudai Hills Sky Lobby Travel Guide

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