Tokyo is a city of incredible architectural and natural beauty, making it the perfect place to take in views from observation decks. There are several well-known viewing spots across the city that provide stunning panoramas of this bustling metropolis.
While some charge admission fees to enter, there are still plenty of places where visitors can enjoy breathtaking vistas without spending any money at all! Here’s a look at some top picks for observing Tokyo from above:
Tokyo Sky Tree
The Tokyo Sky Tree is the tallest tower in Japan and one of the most popular observation decks in Tokyo. With its 634 meters high view from its two observation decks, visitors can see vast amounts of the cityscape including Mount Fuji on a clear day. There are also several shops and restaurants located at the base of this mammoth structure making it an ideal place for tourists to spend time.
The Tokyo Sky Tree has two decks with the highest being the Skytree TEMBO Kairo Deck. Located 450 meters above the ground and the highest point, Sorakara Point, is 451.2 meters above the ground. The TEMBO Kairo connects Floor 445 and Floor 450, and is an all-glass corridor approximately 110 meters high, allowing visitors to look down on the sky above or directly below.
The Tokyo Skytree Tembo Deck is located 350 meters above ground level and is an open space with large glass panels over 5 meters high arranged in 360 degrees. The TEMBO DECK consists of Floor 340 to Floor 345 and Floor 350, and includes the SKYTREE CAFE, Sky Restaurant 634 and THE SKYTREE SHOP.
Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongi Hills)
Located in Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, this observation deck offers stunning views over central Tokyo from 220 meters above ground level especially during sunset or night-time when you can witness the sparkling lights from afar below you! You will be able to see the Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Tower, and other famous skyscrapers in the city here. There are also many restaurants and cafes located near the observation deck making it an ideal place to visit in the evening.
The Tokyo City View observation deck at Roppongi Hills is 250 meters above sea level, with a 360-degree glass wall that creates a sense of openness. You can see the Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Gate Bridge and other famous landmarks in Tokyo, as well as Mt.
The Sky Deck at Roppongi Hills, which opened in April 2008, is a large observatory located 270 meters above sea level, even higher than Tokyo City View, and offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Tokyo. Admission is 1,500 yen, plus 300 yen for the Sky Deck.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Deck (Shinjuku)
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building located in Shinjuku has two observation decks on the 45th floors of their north and south towers offering excellent views over the cityscape from 202 meters above ground level. This is an ideal place for tourists to visit during both day and night as it offers stunning vistas regardless of when you come here!
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Deck is a free observation deck 202 meters above the ground. From the observation deck, you can see Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Sky Tree, Mt. The Observation Deck can be accessed from the first floor of the First Main Building by the elevator dedicated to the Observation Deck.
Fuji Television Observation Deck Hachitama (Odaiba)
The Fuji TV tower located in Odaiba offers visitors a stunning view of Tokyo Bay from its observation deck on the 25th floor. This place is especially popular during sunset when you can witness beautiful orange and red hues shining over the cityscape below. There are also several restaurants, cafes and shops located nearby making it a great spot for tourists to take photos or just relax while admiring the views!
The Fuji Television Building observation deck in Odaiba, Tokyo, offers a 270-degree panoramic view of the Tokyo Gate Bridge, Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge and other landmark buildings in the Rinkai subcenter from the spherical observation deck on the 25th floor. Admission to the sphere is 500 yen for adults and 300 yen for elementary and junior high school students.
Tokyo Tower Observation Deck
Tokyo Tower is one of the most iconic landmarks in Tokyo. It stands at 333 meters tall, making it the tallest self–supporting steel tower in Japan and 13th tallest structure in the world. The observation deck located 150m above ground level offers breathtaking views of Tokyo’s skyline from a height that no other building can match. Visitors to this area are rewarded with spectacular 360 degree panoramic views stretching up to 100km away on clear days!
The Tokyo Tower Observation Deck, located in Minato-ku, Tokyo, offers views from three floors: the first floor of the Main Observatory (145 meters), the second floor of the Main Observatory (150 meters), and the Special Observatory (250 meters). You can see the Rinkai subcenter to the east, Roppongi Hills to the west, Tokyo Bay and Tokyo International Airport to the south, and Tokyo Sky Tree to the north.
Located on the upper floors of the Shibuya Scramble Square building, this observation deck offers a 360° view over one of Japan’s busiest districts from 202 meters above ground level. On a clear day, you can even see Mt Fuji from far away! This is also one of the few places where visitors can experience night views with its lights sparkling in different colors below them!
Here’s more info on visiting the new Shibuya Sky Observation deck.
World Trade Center Building Seaside Top Observation Deck
The World Trade Center Building Seaside Top Observation Deck is 40 floors above ground, 152 meters above sea level, and offers a 360-degree view. The fee is 620 yen for adults, 360 yen for elementary and junior high school students, and 260 yen for infants.
Caretta Shiodome Sky View Observation Deck
The observation floor at Caretta Shiodome in Minato-ku, Tokyo, is open to the public and can be enjoyed free of charge in the Sky Restaurant, where you can enjoy a meal while enjoying the view from the 46th to 47th floors above ground.
SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck
Located on top of the famous Sunshine City building, SKY CIRCUS offers magnificent panoramic vistas across the sprawling metropolis below it. This observatory is one of Japan’s highest at 202 meters tall! It also boasts a 360-degree rotating platform for unique perspectives as you look out into infinity over this captivating skyline.
The Sky Circus Sunshine 60 Observation Deck is an indoor observatory facility located on the 60th floor at a height of 226.3 meters (269.8 meters above sea level), with sky restaurants on the 58th and 59th floors and the rooftop observation deck Skydeck. The Sky Deck is located on the rooftop and offers views of the Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Tower, and other famous Tokyo sights.
Telecom Center Observatory
The Telecom Center Observation Deck is located on the 21st floor of the EAST Tower and offers views of the Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Gate Bridge, Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower. It costs 500 yen for adults and 300 yen for children. The observatory is closed on Mondays, or the following business day if Monday is a national holiday.
Bunkyo Civic Tower
This tower located right next door prefectural government office has been renovated recently providing visitors access up high where they will find themselves surrounded both modern amenities including restaurants cafes shops shopping malls etc which make time spent savouring stunning aerial scenescapes especially enjoyable experiences!
The Bunkyo Civic Tower Observation Lounge is located on the 25th floor of the Bunkyo Civic Tower and offers a free view of the city. It is open from 9:00 to 20:30 and closed during the year-end and New Year holidays and the third Sunday in May. From the observation lounge, you can see the Tokyo Sky Tree, Sunshine 60 in Ikebukuro, Mt.
Solamachi Dining Sky Tree View
Solamachi Dining Sky Tree View is located in Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 150 meters above ground level, on the 30th and 31st floors of Tokyo Solamachi East Yard, where you can see the Sky Tree up close. The design concept is “a villa in the sky”, where you can enjoy a variety of restaurants.
Tower Hall Funabori
The Tower Hall Funabori in Edogawa ward, Tokyo is a complex facility located in front of Funabori Station on the Toei Shinjuku Line that includes an event hall, conference rooms, exhibition hall, movie theater, bridal salon, and free observation deck. Dinner shows various concerts and film festivals are held in the facility.
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The Carrot Tower is directly connected to Sangenjaya Station on the Tokyu Denentoshi Line and Setagaya Line, and by taking advantage of this convenience, office facilities as a business base, various restaurants and general stores as a gathering place for ward residents, and the Setagaya Culture and Life Information Center (3F), etc. The Setagaya Culture and Life Information Center (3F), and various other facilities are located here.
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Tokyo is a bustling city filled with towering skyscrapers, buzzing nightlife and incredible views. The observation decks scattered throughout the city are great places to take in these spectacular sights from above. Here’s an overview of 8 popular observation decks that provide amazing bird’s eye views of Tokyo: