In & Around:
It is December, the last month of the year, and it is the time for “Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks” show.
You will go with tripod for this type of photography, so it will be an inconvenient to yourself and people around you if you view it from a typical viewing point where a lot of people go. Below is a list of my favorite places.
Location: Odaiba Seaside Park, from "Statue of Liberty" open sea
Show Time: 19:00
Date: 2016 December 3 (Sat), 10 (Sat), 17 (Sat) ,24 (Sat),31 (Sat)
URL English: http://www.tokyo-odaiba.net/en/rainbow/hanabi2016.html
URL 日本語: http://www.tokyo-odaiba.net/rainbow/hanabi2016.html
1. Athletic Park
This is a small park below the Rainbow Bridge. It is one of my most favorite place. Interestingly, not many people know or go there. The photo in this post was taken from this location. I went there 2 years ago and it has less than 40 people there during the firework show.
Pros: you will get the Rainbow Bridge, firework in the middle and Odaiba view behind + light trials from boats in the river.
Cons: you won’t get the Tokyo city view.
2. Daiba Park 台場公園
It is a small island below Rainbow Bridge. Just be careful don’t go over the cliff when you there. At this location, you will get to see the firework very close.
Pros: you will get to see BIG firework + Odaiba view behind + light trials from boats in the river.
Cons: Rainbow bridge and Tokyo city view will be behind you.
3. Odaiba Seaside Park お台場海浜公園
it is a man made beach. Expect many people here. I have never been there to photography firework so I cannot say much. But I think it should be ok there because it is a big open area. You should be able to find a good spot for shooting.
4. Fuji TV observation deck
I guess this place will be packed! It is a nice place to view the bay, the bridge, and Tokyo city view, but it is also a very famous observatory in Odaiba. If you want to go there, go early!
Pros: you will get to see Firework in front of Rainbow bridge + Tokyo city view + light trials from boats in the river.
Cons: you won’t get Odaiba view because you are inside it.
Fee: 550 Yen
5. Telecom Center Observatory テレコムセンター 展望台
This is a lesser known observatory in Odaiba. Less people there. You might want to bring a short tele lens with you if you want to get a view of Tokyo city.
Pros: you will get to see Odaiba view, Firework + Rainbow bridge + Tokyo city view + light trials from boats in the river.
Cons: It is a kind of far to walk to. And things can look really small from there. As I mentioned, at less get a shot tele lens with you.
Fee: 500 Yen