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The Reflection World, Moat at Kokyogaien


Do you know Kokyo?? It is Imperial Palace of Japan. Former Edo castle.
It is residence of Tenno(The Emperor of Japan).
Now Kokyo is famous traveler’s destination.
Visitors can enter until permitted area.
There is also a park. There are many historical sites and beautiful nature.
This park is called Kokyogaien.(“Gaien” means “outer garden”. So “Kokyogaien” means outer garden of Kokyo.)
There are moat around Kokyogaien.
In this article, I introduce photogenic moat at Kokyogaien.

Moat is surrounding Kokyo.
But photogenic place is located along Hibiyadori street.
Because this area is facing office buildings. They are shiny. So visitors enjoy beautiful reflection.
In addition,this area is well prepared. So easy to walk and take photos.

Here is Babasakibori. In this area buildings are so cool and interesting.
Because there are mixture of retro and modern design buildings. Visitors can enjoy daytime too.

This photo is toward Otemachi direction.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

This is opposite side. Hibiya direction.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

Close up of  Otemachi direction. Long exposure makes beautiful reflection.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

Sometimes wind disturb calm water surface.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

Here is Hibiyabori. Next to Babasakibori. Toward Hibiya direction.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

I walked to opposite side.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

Buildings over Hibiya Park. Buildings on the right are Kasumigaseki. There are Japanese Government and public agencies.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

Reflections of bars.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

Reflections of bars and balls. Double exposure.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

Perspective of footpath.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

Perspective of footpath and balls. Double exposure.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

Toward Otemachi direction.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

A crane. Toward Hibiya direction.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

Next I go to Wadakurabori.
On the way to Wadakurabori, I introduce some buildings.
These buildings are also along Hibiyadori street.
Here are many photogenic places!

This is Meijiseimeikan building. Next to Babasakibori.
This building was built in 1934. After WW2, Allied Council for Japan was held here.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

Retro design and cool light trace!

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

These are Tokio Marine Nichido Building(center) and Shin-Marunouchi Building(center right).
Both buildings are cool design. But When I saw them at night, it looked like Psyco Gundam before stand.(A robot weapon of Japanese Anime). Psyco Gundam

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

And This is Tokyo Station. This side is Marunouchi Entrance. I failed Horizontal level.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

And here is Wadakurabori. Here is narrow. But reflection is beautiful.
Because large shiny buildings are facing. Toward Otemachi direction.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

Building on center is Nihonseimei Marunouchi Garden Tower.
Left is Palace Hotel Tokyo.
And,can you see the bridge?? It is Wadakurabashi Bridge.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

It looks like Tetris…

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

Under water world.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

Opposite side. Toward Hibiya direction.

Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan
Moat at Kokyogaien,Tokyo,Japan

These are very near! All located along Hibiyadori street. Easy to access.
But I have to give an advice.
If you want to take reflection photos,you should go week days.
There are few light on holiday. Of course you have to take into account the time.

Information
Nearest Station:
Otemachi Station / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line,Marunouchi Line,Chiyoda Line,Tozai Line, Toei Mita Line
Nijubashimae Station / Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
Hibiya Station / Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line,Hibiya Line, Toei Mita Line
Tokyo Station / Various lines

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