Great Tokyo Skytree photo spots: I-Link Tower
There are many great places to photograph Tokyo Skytree. But one spot offers something different. Go to Chiba Prefecture’s Ichikawa Station. Next to it is I-Link Tower. It is a huge tower apartment building. Look out from its rooftop observation floor and you’ll enjoy a very special view.
You can get a panoramic view of the city that includes Tokyo Skytree. But, Mount Fuji is also there! On a fine day, it’s incredible. It’s the place where you can make “only in Japan” photos.
But I must say this Tokyo Skytree guide is unfinished! Getting good pictures there is so weather dependent. And being so far from my home, I am sometimes hesitant to go.
Summer pictures might be necessary. Why? Because at that time of year, the sun will be more to the north. So at sunset, we might get more light on Mount Fuji. That could be pretty cool. I’ll let you know when I get them up.
Where is I-Link Tower?
I-Link Tower is in Chiba Prefecture, next to Ichikawa Station. From Shinjuku, it is about a thirty-three-minute train ride. Only the Sobu line goes there.
Observation deck photo
How many floors does I-Link Tower have?
What can you see from I-Link Tower?
- Tokyo Skytree
- Tokyo skyline
- Mount Fuji (when the weather is fine)
- Oceans of houses
Photography problems with I-Link Tower
- The glare from the windows in the afternoon is incredible. Make sure you take some type of lens hood/curtain.
- There are indoor windows on the 45th floor. I don’t recommend shooting there as the glare is truly bad.
Are tripods allowed?
Yes, they are! But only on the 20th and 21st of each month.
When did I take these photos?
I took them at I-Link Tower on Thursday, January 12, 2023.
What lens did I use?
Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
I-Link Tower is an excellent place for panoramic views of Tokyo. Local photographers love it. And luckily, the observation deck is rarely crowded. I can only attribute that to the building being in Chiba, far from central Tokyo. If you want panoramic photos that include Tokyo Skytree and Mount Fuji, this is the place to go!
And lenses like the Fujifilm 100-400 lens are great choices for this place and subject matter. Because it has a wide zoom range you can take wide-angle (relatively speaking) and telephoto shots. You can also zoom in on distant Mount Fuji, while also being able to capture the surrounding cityscape. It is pretty amazing to catch two iconic landmarks without having to move a step! Just remember to take something to fight that glare.