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If your organization is interested in filming a corporate video in Japan, it’s impossible to ignore the lure of Tokyo. The capital city’s immense size, constant bustle of activity and impressive level of infrastructure mean that any type of video shoot you can imagine can be accomplished there.

Tokyo covers an area of 1,400 square miles and the prefecture is home to a total of nearly 14 million people, over one-tenth of the total population of Japan. The city’s architecture is an eclectic mix of ancient sights such as the Imperial Palace and constantly refreshed modern streetscapes, lined with cutting-edge electronic ads. If you look up, you’ll see the Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree looming above the skyline, making them perfect features for B-roll footage.

Every area has a unique identity, and therefore has its own role to play in your video production. In Shinjuku, you’ll encounter crowds of businesspeople and students during the day, and then witness nightlife take hold as the sun goes down. Shibuya and Harajuku are internationally known fashion and arts epicenters.

Akihabara is a colorful place for shopping and encounters with anime, manga and gaming culture. Roppongi promises museums, galleries and thriving nightclubs, while Ryogoku is the home of sumo wrestling. Any and all of these areas are best explored with an expert camera crew on your side.

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Why team with a video production company in Tokyo?

It’s easy to be overwhelmed on a first, second or even third visit to Tokyo. With a metropolitan area so huge and varied, how can your company stay on track to complete your video production? This is where Crews Control experts have a role to play, using their local knowledge and expertise to guide you to the perfect locations for all your needs.

When dealing with Japanese authorities and companies such as gear rental agencies, familiarity counts. In some cases, securing a permit and acquiring gear for your shoot are difficult unless you’re working with producers and companies with established links in the city and the country as a whole. Crews Control will pair your company with experts who know their area, meaning they’ll be able to open doors, make introductions, interpret and otherwise keep the shoot on schedule.

The other reason to team up with Crews Control experts is to access their technical knowledge. Today’s video audiences have high expectations, and it can be challenging to live up to their demands with your internal personnel. Crews Control gives you access to professional agency filmmaking capabilities, without adding full-time salaries or purchasing gear.


Our video production services in Tokyo

Faced with the varied locations and studio services on offer in Tokyo, you and your Crews Control video team can create any type of video content imaginable. Whatever your brand needs most as part of its digital marketing or internal messaging strategy, you can create it.

The perfect option for you may be a long-form video from live events, turning a corporate gathering into reusable content marketing materials. Alternately, you may find success with a series of seconds-long promotional videos designed for social media. Training videos, product explainer videos, TV commercials — the options are nearly endless when you have access to professional production services.

Our video services in Tokyo include:

  • Interviews and B-roll
  • Event coverage
  • Presentations
  • Drone production
  • Animation and motion graphics
  • Motion pictures
  • Live streaming
  • Panel discussion
  • Man on the street interviews
  • Corporate meetings
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Commercials
  • Broadcast television media
  • Employee training materials
  • Sizzle reels
  • Time-lapse videos
  • Happy-face videos
  • Focus group recordings
  • Testimonials
  • Video news releases
  • Documentaries
  • Web conferencing
  • Red carpet coverage
  • Action and sports video
  • Product demonstration clips
  • …and whatever else you can imagine!

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What makes Tokyo a unique filming location?

Tokyo is truly several cities in one. Some streets are decked out in the trappings of traditional Japan, while others have received dozens of full-scale revisions over the decades. Capturing the look and feel of this ever-changing metropolis can be hugely rewarding, and lead to great video content. To have an ideal experience in Tokyo, you and your camera crew should embrace best practices such as the following considerations:

  • Know when you need a permit: Filming anywhere in Japan is managed by a three-pronged permit system. When dealing with public lands or facilities, you’ll need permission from the city office. Shoots involving public roads go through the local police. On private property, you just have to work with the owner. There’s a separate set of rules for drone flights. Film in Japan has a detailed breakdown of the permit process.
  • Understand when you need a local go-between: A production in Tokyo is well served by having local producers able to liaise with city authorities and deal with matters of etiquette and culture. These producers can also call on their connections with local businesses such as gear rental agencies and studio facilities to make introductions.
  • Choose your travel strategy: While Tokyo is immense and densely populated, there are workable transportation options in the city. Public transit on trains could work for tiny productions, as may cabs, but hiring a driver may be the ideal solution for a more involved shoot. Parking is available all around town, but it’s worth knowing that spaces are very expensive.
  • Pick your season in advance: The weather in Tokyo is relatively mild all year round, though it is a temperate city with all four seasons. October-November and March-May are the most pleasant times on the calendar for outdoor shooting. June and July tend to bring rainy days, while August and September are notoriously humid.

With the right local crew on your side, you can quickly become an expert in Tokyo, from its varied geography to its world-class cuisine. The city could serve as a perfect base of operations for all your future on-location corporate video shoots.

Our Tokyo video crews: Experience and gear

Videographers who have spent time honing their craft are ideally equipped to bring shoots in on time and under budget. Every Crews Control director of photography comes to the job with over a decade of industry and agency experience — this history will help them handle all aspects of your Tokyo video production, from initial planning through video editing to any unexpected last-minute adjustments.

Crews Control video crews don’t just have their personal experience to fall back on. They also come to each job with the latest and greatest in audiovisual equipment. Advanced gear helps our producers accomplish their tasks on set, allowing them to capture high-quality footage and give your video content and professional look and feel. Our crews use technology from Sony, Panasonic, Canon, JVC, Ikegami, Thompson (Philips), Hitachi, RED and Arriflex.


Check Out Our Extensive Camera List:

  • Silicon Imaging SI-2K
  • Silicon Imaging SI-2K Mini
  • Vision Research Phantom v12.1
  • Vision Research Phantom v640

8K, 4K, UHD & 2k


  • Arriflex ALEXA

AVC Intra (NTSC)


  • Sony HXR-NX5U
  • Canon EOS C100


  • Panasonic AJ-HDX 900


  • Panasonic AJ-HDX900E



  • Panasonic AG-HVX200E
  • Panasonic AG-HPX 171E
  • Panasonic AG-HVX 200E
  • Panasonic AG-HVX 200P


  • Sony PMW EX1
  • Sony PMW EX3
  • Sony PMW-EX1R
  • Sony PXW-X70
  • JVC GY-HM700U
  • Sony PMW 300
  • Sony PMW 320
  • Sony PMW-350
  • Sony PMW 400
  • Sony PMW-F3


  • Sony PDW-F355
  • Sony PDW-F350
  • Sony PDW-F330
  • Sony PDW-700
  • Sony PDW-F800
  • Sony PDW-335


  • Canon EOS C500
  • Canon EOS C300
  • Canon EOS C100

The best people, working with the best gear — this is the combination that powers a Crews Control shoot. With this level of competency on your side, your Tokyo video production is set up for success. Request a free quote now!


By pairing expert crews with technologically sophisticated equipment, Crews Control delivers top-quality results for clients every time.


Some of our Happy Clients

For over 30 years, Crews Control has become the video production company of choice for businesses around the world. Any ambitious, driven organization can make use of our crews’ videography expertise, from fast-moving start-ups to over half of the Fortune 500. When you’re ready to launch a Tokyo video production, you can team up with Crews Control to become our next success story.


Prepared, Creative, Professional and on the 10 scale an 11

I’ve been producing and directing videos for Broadcast (NBC/ABC/CNN/C-SPAN) and Corporate for over 30 years – and Matthew and Dan were one of the best crews I have EVER worked with.




The footage was well done.

Just got out of the edit. Tim did a great job. Considering the talent we gave him to work with, I would go as far as to say he’s a bit of a magician.

Thanks for the help!



Thanks for the great shoot yesterday.

Everything was great and I wanted to let you know that our Executive Producer said the footage we got from the different regions was the best footage he had ever seen come from remote crews that we didn’t have control over. That is a great compliment coming from him.

I appreciate all your help and look forward to working with you again!


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