Arguably the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world, the Shibuya crossing is a spectacular sight to see from all angles. This Shibuya blog series will show you the best spots for taking photos of the crossing and today’s blog shows you viewpoint number 1.
The first photo spot is located in Shibuya Station along the pedestrian walkway to Mark City. Along this walkway is a large glass window you can shoot your photos from as crowds of people pass through the station behind you. As you can see from my photos, this viewpoint is elevated above the crossing and gives a birds eye view of the area straight ahead of you.
There are two main issues that arise when shooting at this viewpoint. The first issue is the fact that you are shooting from behind a glass window in a brightly lit station and this produces glare. I advise you to place your camera lens directly against the glass gently to make sure no light can enter the lens from behind and this should avoid any glare/reflection in your shots.
The second issue is that the glass in this window can be very smudged and blurry. As you can see in the photo above, many subjects in my photo were out of focus due to smudging on the glass window. I noticed that most of the glass was smudged at chest height so I recommend crouching down low where people have not touched the glass or hold your camera up higher to get a clean shot.
This is one of the easiest viewpoints of Shibuya crossing to access and it is free to take photos in for as long as you want. In an upcoming blog I will be sharing a viewpoint of Shibuya from above so stay tuned for that releasing soon. If you enjoyed this blog, be sure to check out more of my Tokyo and other travel blogs by scrolling down on this page for more categories. Be sure to follow my Instagram @conalphoto for updates on my blogs and announcements about upcoming photo projects.