The Tokyo International Forum is located in Marunouchi near the traditional Ginza district. The building has become one of the most photographed structures in all of Tokyo because of its unique design and sheer mass when seen through a camera lens.
Raphael Viñoly was the lead architect behind the design of this building. Construction of the structure was completed in 1997. The property houses a convention centre and an arts centre. The superior acoustics provided by the building means that many concerts including pop and classical are held at the venue.
The large amount of glass used in the design of the building is a large advantage for photographers looking to take clean crisp shots without the difficult of searching for light sources.
As you enter the lobby, the size of the building is very imposing and the top floor towers eleven stories above you. It is unusually quiet in the building with very little noise pollution from the bustling city outside. There are some nice views of the surrounding city from the top floor including the train lines and other newly constructed buildings.
The fastest way to get to the top is to take the elevators on your right hand side as you enter the bottom floor. Unfortunately during my visit, construction netting covered up the intricate roof but nevertheless I still enjoyed taking photos here. The view from the top floor looking down to the lobby is staggering and the people below look like ants scuttling around as seen below.
There is no admission fee and you are free to walk around and take photos for as long as you wish.
It does not matter what time of day you choose to come here, just make sure that you come during the opening hours. On the day of my visit it was very wet and dark but as previously mentioned, the lighting is very good in the building and I snapped some great shots for myself.
Visitors: 09:00 - 17:00
You can access the open areas of the building at these times: 07:00 - 23:30
How to get there:
JR Rail Lines:
Get off at the JR Yurakucho Station and the forum is less than 2 minutes walk away.
Take the Ginza Line to Ginza Station and walk for 5-6 minutes.
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