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Published on October 26th, 2010 | by Adam


Amazing photographic locations: The G-Cans Project

Deep below Tokyo’s bustling streets lie some of the largest underground waterways on the earth. With Tokyo being a coastal city the chances of flooding from Tsunami or Asian torrential rains are exceedingly high, so to ensure the safety of the population the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have made a system of underground waterways that lead to G-Cans, a water storage facility in nearby Saitama prefecture.

At G-Cans the massive underground chambers can hold xxx of water which they can store until the deem it safe to pump out to the largest river in Tokyo, the Edogawa. The water turbines can pump 200 tons of water per second out of the tanks using turbines more powerful than a Boeing 747 engine.

The great thing about G-cans is that it’s open to the public at certain times of the year, though you have to book in advance and due to all the safety instructions being in Japanese, you must have a Japanese speaker with you at all times. You will not be allowed entrance without someone who can translate.

As far as photography goes you are allowed to bring all your gear, tripods etc. but film (movie) shooters will probably have to ask permission especially if it’s more than just a hobby.

The best thing about G-Cans is that it’s free and it’s one of those places that even the Japanese aren’t aware of. So if you are in Tokyo and fancy a break of the bright lights and high-pitched girls this is one photographic opportunity that you don’t want to miss out on.

See here for English details and here in Japanese.

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Adam Carlson is a former airline pilot turned full time stay at home dad and part time photographer with an emphasis on family and children portraits. His love of photography started almost 15 years ago with the purchase of his first Canon Rebel continues today. He currently shoots with the 5D Mark III. He has written numerous articles and currently co-hosts the monthly podcast here at PixelatedPhotographer.

  • Fly

    That looks amazing! Just goes to show there is probably more going on around us then we know. Even better that they allow you to bring your gear! Seems like more and more places are getting very restrictive on photographers. Nice to see it going the other way.

  • Simon

    Wow, that is awesome. It looks like something out of a Sci-Fi film.

  • Martyn

    Yeah. Reminds me of bits of Equilibrium

  • Rae Merrill

    WOW. Am.azing place. I enjoy public utility projects like this, always so fascinating. Pity I can’t afford to visit Tokyo although my recent wedding couple are going on honeymoon.

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