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Ebisu Garden Place Tower in hot summer

I pondered whether to photograph Ebisu Garden Place Tower in hot summer.  Well, I’ve been there, but usually in the cooler months.  But I wanted to show you the view from the observation floor during some hot daytime weather.

Central Tokyo city skyline with Tokyo Tower on right and Roppongi Hills on left
Looking towards the center of Tokyo.

The results were mixed from these pictures, which I took on 30 June 2022.  As the sun was in the west, the areas towards the east were well-lit.  Lucky for me, that was in the direction of Tokyo Tower and Roppongi Hills.  They looked good in the afternoon.

Tokyo Tower surrounded by city skyscrapers

But, in the north and west, the sun was relatively high in the sky.  There was also haze.  Conditions were less than optimal.  This was very normal for Ebisu Garden Place Tower in summer.  It is the same all over Tokyo.

If you struggle to get good photos in summer, I advise you to shoot with the sun behind you.  That will keep your subject well lit.  The sky will look bluer too.

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Hinomaru driving school.

Shooting towards the sun is problematic.  It will be hard to get the correct exposure.  The cityscape will be in shadow, and the sky will be bright.  Then there is the problem of haze which is common during summer.

Roppongi Hills

You need to find a way to balance them.  One way of doing that is with bracketing.  I take one underexposed photo and another overexposed.  Then using Lightroom or Photoshop, I combine them.  It works so well.  YouTube has many good guides if you don’t know how to do it.  Look for videos about “exposure bracketing.”

Shibuya skyscrapers in front of Shinjuku buildings
Shibuya in front, Shinjuku in the rear!

By the way, I discovered one problem with Ebisu Garden Place Tower.  Most observatories have maps on the windows.  They give you a guide to know what buildings and landmarks are in view.  This place doesn’t.  So, if you are unfamiliar with Tokyo, you might be lost.

Shuto Expressway surrounded by bulidings

Why should you photograph from Ebisu Garden Tower Place?

  • It’s free!
  • There are no large buildings near.  The view has no obstructions.  You’ll get a good idea of the layout of Tokyo.
  • Even in bright afternoon daylight, Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Tower look great.
Tokyo cityscape west of Ebisu Garden Place Tower
The Tokyo cityscape west of Ebisu Garden Place Tower.

Wrapping up

Summer poses problems for photographers, especially during daylight hours.  But the haze and brightness won’t be unique to only one place.  It will be citywide.

Tokyo Tower with skyscrapers near

So this article isn’t only about Ebisu Garden Place Tower.  It is more about photographic conditions and how to approach them during that season.  Yes, the sky can be hazy and bland.  But you can get good photos if you know how to handle them.  Here are some more articles about this spot:

By the way, do you have any ideas to add?  You can leave them and any questions below.

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