View from the Tokyo Metropolitan Building observatory. Photo by (c)Tomo.Yun (Photo: (c)Tomo.Yun)
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Top 3 Views over Tokyo

Some of Tokyo's best observatories

With Tokyo being one of the most famous cities around the world, everyone who comes here can admire spectacular views from one of several vantage points across the city. Here is a compilation of the best spots from which to appreciate the Tokyo skyline:

1. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Admire a 360-degree view of Tokyo for free at the Tokyo Metropolitan building. The best moments to go are in the morning, to see the sunset or when it is already dark. At night, you also have a nice view of the beautifully lighted Tokyo Tower. Less known than other observatories, the Tocho has a lot to offer for the best price possible!

Access Tocchomae st. or 10 minutes walk from the west exit of Shinjuku st. (can be accessed through an underground tunnel connecting the two)
Price Free
Opening hours North observatory: 9:30-23:00, closed on the 2nd and 4th mondays of every month South observatory: 9:30-17:00 (opened until 23:00 when the north observatory is closed), closed on the 1st and 3rd tuesday of every month. If a closed day falls on a holiday, it will be opened that day, but closed the next
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2. Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower

Roppongi Hills has the advantage of being the tallest open observation deck in Tokyo which means you will get to take breathtaking pictures of the whole city without a not-so-clean window in the way. To access it you have to add ¥500 to the price of a ticket for either the Mori Hills observation deck or the Mori Art Museum. Both of these are also really worth it!

Access Two minutes walk from Roppongi st. Exit 4
Price The sky deck is an additional ¥500 on either the observation deck (¥1,500) or the art exhibition of the moment at the Mori Art Museum (¥1,500). The student price of ¥1,000 for both includes university students
Opening hours Sky deck: 11:00-20:00 (last admission: 7:30) Observation deck: Monday to Thursday and Sunday: 10:00-23:00 (last admission: 22:30) Fridays, Saturdays and the day before holidays: 10:00-25:00 (Last admission: 24:00) ***The Sky Deck can close without notice in case of bad weather.
Place URL Roppongi Hills

3. Tokyo Skytree

The Tokyo Skytree is the tallest tower and the second tallest building in the world. It has two observation decks and both offer amazing views of the city. You can even see Tokyo through a glass floor on the second deck! Tokyo Skytree has definitely become one of the most iconic stops for tourists from Japan and all over the world.

Access Tokyo Skytree st. or 1 minute walk from Oshiage st.
Price Tokyo Skytree tembo deck (350m): ¥​2,060 Tokyo Skytree tembo galleria (450m): ¥​1,030
Opening hours Everyday: 8:00-22:00. ***Except certain days like New Year's Eve or the Sumida River Fireworks
Place URL Tokyo Skytree
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Reyzi Enditya 8 years ago
great article. thanks!
Relinda Puspita 8 years ago
Had not been to Mori Tower just because it was pricy hehhe...
I'd say Mori Tower provides the best view. Even though a bit pricey, the exhibition they run is always worth the price :)
Olga 9 years ago
I've been only in Mori Tower so far...
Camille Dufour-Blain Author 9 years ago
Thank you both! All the pictures are from the website and the one of Tokyo Skytree was taken by Manish Prabhune who always posts really cool articles so check them out :D

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