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Sky Garden has amazing views of Yokohama

Sky Garden sits atop YokohamaLandmark Tower.  It’s about a forty-minute train ride from Shibuya.   While that might be a little far for some, I think it is worth going for its amazing views.  Cityscape photographers will love it.  And it is probably the most photographer-friendly observatory in Japan!

Yokohama and Mount Fuji at sunset

The observatory is atop the Yokohama Landmark Tower skyscraper on the sixty-ninth floor.  At 296.3 meters, it is the second tallest building and the fourth tallest structure in Japan.  Getting to the top is no problem, thanks to some high-speed elevators.  After the doors close, they’ll open again in about forty seconds.

Ferris Wheel and commerical area of low buildings under Yokohama Landmark Tower

The views from the windows are stunning.   Whether it be morning, noon, or night I would find it hard to believe anyone could complain about the sights.  There is so much to see.  Even without a camera, you won’t be bored.


And the best thing about it is that it is highly photographer-friendly!  If you want to use lens hoods or tripods, that is okay.  I will give some advice, though.  The windows to observe Mount Fuji aren’t ideally placed, as the mountain is off to one side.  At sunset, lots of people congregate there for obvious reasons.  If you place a tripod at those windows, you are going to annoy a lot of people.  Please be aware of that.

Yokohama skyscrapers and Yokohama Bay

The other great thing is that the staff pull blinds from the corners after sunset in some areas.  They don’t go across the entire floor but just enough to block the shops’ lights.  I was very impressed as it helps cut down window reflections in photographs.  They aren’t 100% effective, but they are helpful.  Hopefully, the person who thought of this got a commendation badge!

Yokohama Port area

The observation deck is great as it is very spacious and has big, wide windows.  They would be so much better if they were angled out to allow getting shots directly below easier.  It’s a small thing but not a deal-breaker.

If there are any negatives for photographers, it is on the Mount Fuji side. That is where you’ll find the Sky Cafe where customers can enjoy a drink or a light meal. As some chairs take up most of the space along the windows, anyone with a tripod will have to squeeze into a corner, which isn’t ideal, but it’s workable.

Yokohama Landmark Tower views

What can you see from Sky Garden?

  • all Yokohama
  • the museum ship, Hikawa Maru
  • Yamashita Park
  • tall ship Nippon Maru
  • Tokyo Skytree
  • Mount Fuji is visible on clear days

Where is Sky Garden?

The closest stations are Minatomirai and Sakuragicho.  Landmark Tower is only a few minutes’ walk away from both.  

Here is a Google map:

Admission costs

General admission for adults is ¥1000. Click here to see full information on the observatory’s website.

Public Restrooms 

Available

Yokohama area with factories in distance

Are tripods/monopods allowed?

Yes

Opening hours

Sky Garden is open from 10 am to 8 pm (last entry is at 7:30 pm).  Tickets are available up to thirty minutes before closing time.

suburban area southwest of Yokohama Landmark Tower

Wrapping up

The views from Yokohama Landmark Tower’s Sky Garden are amazing, and no matter what direction you face, there will be something worthy of a picture. And as cameras are very welcome there, photographers should put it on their bucket list. Make sure you get a picture of Mount Fuji, that view is incredible. 

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