Great Tokyo Skytree photo spots: Oshiage Station Bicycle Plaza

Tokyo Skytree is another popular place for photographers. It is huge, bright, and perfect for night photography. Some say it’s better than Tokyo Tower. That might be a generational thing, though. The new eventually replaces the old. Well, that is a question we can debate forever. Both have their fans. Whatever the case, let’s get back on topic!

Thanks to Instagram, I found another site from which to photograph Tokyo Skytree. It is on the rooftop of a bicycle garage near the tower! Can you believe that? The deck is spacious, and there is plenty of room.

You can take pictures using a tripod or not, looking up at the tower. It will be so big. In a way, it reminds me of a photo I took in Akihabara. Skytree looks like an enormous fortress rising into the sky.

A train line is next to the plaza. If you get the timing right, you can get light trails too. They aren’t difficult to capture.

How did I take this photo of Tokyo Skytree?

  • Camera location: Oshiage Station Bicycle Plaza
  • Tripod used: Yes
  • Camera used: Fujifilm X-T3
  • Lens: Fujifilm XF 10-24mm (Version 1)
  • Photo type: Long exposure

Notes on processing:

I made basic edits in Lightroom. Photoshop wasn’t used.

Oshiage Station Bicycle Plaza notes

  • You’ll have a huge deck to use. Few people seem to use it.
  • Staff sometimes visit the deck but they don’t mind people using tripods.

Oshiage Station Bicycle Plaza opening hours

  • 9 am to 8 pm

Where is Oshiage Station Bicycle Plaza?

It is roughly 100 meters northeast of Oshiage Station’s B3 exit. You can see it here on Google Maps.

Location photo

Bicycle Parking Lot Rooftop Plaza
This is the bicycle parking lot where you can place your camera.
Bicycle Parking Lot Rooftop Plaza top stairs
I photographed from here.
Bicycle Parking Lot Rooftop Plaza deck
The daytime view of Tokyo Skytree.

Notes on lenses

You’ll be very close to Tokyo Skytree, so a wide-angle lens might be helpful. I used the Fujifilm 10-24mm.

Wrapping up

Oshiage Station Bicycle Plaza is great for photographing Tokyo Skytree. It offers a different perspective of the tower, and I like that. The train light trails add a little extra. You can leave questions and comments below.

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