Hakozaki Junction is like a huge octopus

Hakozaki Junction has been called a giant octopus. I tend to agree. So many ramps make up its legs. Maybe this Kraken-like creature has landed in Tokyo? Well, maybe not! But however you look at it, it is an incredible piece of engineering. It is also good for photography, especially the long exposure kind!

People will get this, or they won’t. You’ll love it, or you’ll hate it. Many don’t see any attraction here. It’s that kind of photo. And I won’t blame you if you just move on to something else. No problem and no hard feelings.

But some people love big engineering. Anything that involves tons of concrete will interest them. The light trails add some interest.

How to photograph Hakozaki Junction?

  • There seems to be only one camera position in front of the 7-Eleven store. From there, you’ll be able to photograph all the ramps going to or from the Shuto Expressway.
  • I used a small tripod so I could get the camera low. That changes the angle of the light trails, making them look very high. You might want to think about that.
  • I duse a small aperture to create starbursts.
  • For the best light trails, wait for the trucks and buses as they have cab roof lights.
  • The area is relatively narrow, so you might need a wide-angle lens. I used the Fujinon XF 10-24 mm F4 R OIS.

Are there any problems photographing there?

  • Locals have told me that groups of photographers occasionally shoot there. Apparently, this place is famous for lovers of engineering. If you are unlucky, it might be crowded.
  • There is a railing on the corner. You’ll probably need to move your tripod around to get the best position.

Where is Hakozaki Junction?

It is near Suitengumae Station. Leave via Exit 2; the 7-Eleven will be on your right, and the camera position will be in front of you. See it here on Google Maps.

This photo will give you an idea of the area:

Wrapping up

If you like engineering and concrete, Hakozaki Junction is for you. It’s also good for people who enjoy looking at giant octopi.

For more light trail photography articles, look at:

External sites about Hakozaki Junction

The Urban Legacy (Yoshihiko Wada’s beautiful photos of Hakozaki Junction and others in Tokyo and Osaka)

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