Skyscrapers & Towers

Tall buildings with observation decks

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

Visiting Japan for the first time I found that it wasn’t necessarily a country of skyscrapers. There were no vast ‘downtowns’ even in such big cities as Tokyo and Osaka, and in smaller cities like Hiroshima or Matsumoto there weren't any tall buildings at all!

But, of course, a modern megalopolis can’t exist without multi-storied buildings and communication towers. And these buildings, aside from being hotels, offices, and centres of retail, also have observation facilities. A few of them, such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and the AER Building in Sendai have free observation decks. In Hamamatsu you can observe the city and its surroundings, including Mt. Fuji on a clear day, for 500 JPY though other observation decks can be quite expensive - from 1000 JPY to 4000 JPY for the Tokyo Skytree Combo ticket.

One thing you will notice from these observation decks (or even from the ferris wheel of Yokohama's Cosmo World Amusement Park) is that most of the buildings in any area are not actually that tall with only a few towers in the city...

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: Matane!