I would like to say thank you all the staff of the Park Hyatt Tokyo for letting me capture some of the amazing views from your hotel while I stayed there. If you ever have the chance to come to Tokyo, there’s a few things you have to do while you are here. One of them would be a trip to the Park Hyatt Tokyo for either a drink at the New York Bar or a relaxing night stay in one of the amazing rooms. Why is the Park Hyatt Tokyo a must see and do while you are here in Tokyo? Cause it offers breathtaking views of Tokyo, been featured in a few movies (most notably the film Lost in translation), and the best customer service. I stayed at the park Hyatt Tokyo earlier this year in the spring right before took my trip across Europe. The goal of my stay was to relax and recharge my batteries during my visit and possibly take away a few images of the near by city at either night time or sunset. I created a shot list of images that I wanted to capture during my stay.
- An image looking towards Shinjuku on the east side of the building. I wanted this to be a night/blue hour image, preferably from the bar.
- An image looking towards Mt. Fuji at sunset. Trying to get a clean shot of Mt. Fuji was going to be tricky since the summer haze already started to show up.
- An image looking south towards Yoyogi park. Also, this side of the building has a intersection at the base of the building that could look really cool if captured right.
- Last will be an image of the angled roof of the 2nd tower looking north. This part of the building is where the pool is located.
I wanted to create large panoramic images from all sides of the building. This place attracts quite a few tourist and locals and there is no short supply of images taken from the top of the Park Hyatt Tokyo.
When I arrived, I was blown away by the service that I was greeted with. And then, once I entered my room I was greeted with an amazing view of the the city below. I have always seen Shinjuku from the ground level but never from so far above the city. It really gives you a new perspective of the surrounding area. Once I had the “Ow My God” feeling gone, It was now time to start getting ready for the Blue Hour that night. I went up and looked around trying to find the best spots to capture the images that I wanted to get. First image was the the angled roof image that is located right as you get off the elevator at the reception for the New York Bar/Grill. I found out that I could not use the tripod to take the image of the roof, so I asked kindly if i could look and take some images of the view of the Bar. The bar already had people in it and I was informed that I could not shoot while people are in the Bar. So, no blue hour shot for me in either spots. Next was the south side looking towards Yoyogi park. I asked if I could get some images from this side. After waiting for a staff member to return from asking her boss, I was told that I could but I could not use a tripod. I needed the Tripod to keep the ISO down since I was shooting at F/8. This made shooting here also a bust. I was 3 for 3 and I still had the West side to shoot. Luckily this side is where the kitchen is located and I was left alone to enjoy the last of the sunset and blue hour. I was unable to get an image with Mt. Fuji but I was still able to get an amazing shot of the city and the last of the colors in the sky. I used my Shooting through Windows technique for this and I am happy with the results.
I kinda planned for me not being able to shoot at Sunset/Blue hour. I went and talked to the manager and told him that I loved Photography and I would love to capture a few photos of the views. He told yes I could but I needed to come back later that night after hours to take the photos. He also added that it was going to be a late night, closing was going to be around 2am and it would have to be a little bit after that so the staff could clean up and have the last of the guest leave the bar area. I said that was ok and I looked forward to coming back that night to possibly capture some images that I wanted. At this point, I was kinda feeling lucky so I asked if I could see a room on the south side of the building to see the intersection. I told him that I would not take more than a 10-15 minutes. After a few minutes looking on his computer, he grabbed a key and we headed up to the ambassador suite. He opened the door and told me to shut the door when I was done and please don’t make a mess. I could not believe it, I had the ambassador suite to myself! Granted it was not for the night, but I had the space and the time to capture the images that I wanted. First image was the South Side view of the Yoyogi park and I set my camera up for the panoramic. Suddenly it dawned on me what I was doing, I was standing in the ambassador suite of the Park Hyatt Tokyo creating images that I dreamed about…. Life could not get any better.
I also wanted to get the intersection at the base of the building. On our elevator ride up to the room, he said that this side of the building would not offer the best view of the intersection. The president suite had that view and it was currently booked for the night. I giggled a bit and said that it was ok and am still grateful for him helping me.
After I left the room, I was still feeling lucky so I went back up to the New York Bar to try and capture the angled roof of the North Side view. Once off the elevator, the 4 Staff members that great guest as they arrived said hello and we talked for about 2 minutes about what I was wanting to do. They said I could take some images, so I started to set up and capture some images. This was by far the hardest image I have taken behind glass. I had to deal with the inside reflections from the lights inside, then the bright lights of the elevator as the doors open letting guest off. Then I head to deal with the lights from outside on the roofs that was creating flare also. The image had to be a pano to get everything that I wanted in the image so I took 2 images to make this happen. After about 45 minutes of being on my knees trying to get the right angle and to get all the images I need for the highlights and shadows, I had captured everything I needed for this image of the North View over looking the angled roof of the park Hyatt Tokyo.
So now I had 3 of my 4 images that I wanted to get from the Park Hyatt Tokyo. I went back to my room to relax and wait till 2:30 that next morning to get my last shot. With my alarm going off, I headed back up to the New York Bar/Grill to get my last shot. The place was quiet which is a huge differences from what I’ve seen when I was there earlier that night having dinner at the restaurant. I was allowed to go and take a few images from the window. I could have stayed there all night just looking out over the city as it started to go to sleep. Believe it or not, the lights in Tokyo start to turn off around 3Am. It is kinda strange to see a city that is so bright at night time become dark in the early morning hours. Not all the lights go off but most of the lights do turn off. This is the same view I could see from my room also.
After I got all my shots, it was time for some much needed rest so I headed back down to my room and waited for sunrise to come. Just to let you all know, the sunrise came way to early. I only had gotten about 2 hours of sleep before my alarm went off and I crawled out of bed. I had my tripod set up along with the lens and camera already to go, all I had to do was take the photo. I wrote a blog post about this image earlier and you can read more about it HERE.
After I had gotten a good few images of the sunrise, I went back to bed for some more sleep. I woke up and went down to have breakfast and it was amazing! I truly enjoyed my stay here at the Park Hyatt Tokyo and everything they gave me. I only wished I could shoot from inside of the New York Bar and capture some of the tables of the restaurant to help set the mood of the images. Maybe next time when I come and stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo again.
Ow and of course I had to watch Lost In Translation before staying here so I re-created one of the most copied images of that movie. The Scarlett Johansson sitting in the window shot. Thanks for taking the time to read this post about my images from Part Hyatt Tokyo.