Shibuya Sky evening
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Shibuya Sky is getting a rooftop cinema on its 230m-high outdoor observation deck

Catch the city skyline after dark along with Hollywood blockbusters such as ‘The Artist’, ‘Passengers’ and ‘Earth’

Kaila Imada
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Kaila Imada

Shibuya Sky observation deck has become one of Tokyo’s top attractions since it opened on the rooftop of Shibuya Scramble Square at the end of last year. Earlier in the summer, they created a stunning pop-up rooftop bar and lounge, which will end its run on October 31. Now, the venue is ramping up the excitement by hosting an outdoor cinema event.

Rooftop Theater Vol. 1 City and Starry Sky Cinema will screen four English movies and documentaries (with Japanese subtitles) outdoors, with a 360-degree view of Shibuya’s starry night sky serving as the backdrop. The event kicks off on Friday September 18 with the 2007 nature documentary ‘Earth’, which highlights the diverse wildlife inhabiting our planet. The next evening, Saturday September 19, will showcase the five-time Academy award-winning film ‘The Artist’.

On the roster the following weekend are the 2017 documentary ‘Dolphin Man’ (Friday September 25) and sci-fi drama ‘Passengers’ starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt (Saturday September 26).

The films will be screened twice per night, with the first showing at 6pm followed by a second at 8pm (‘Dolphin Man’ will be shown three times instead, at 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm). You can watch the films for free, provided you have a general entrance ticket to Shibuya Sky (¥1,800 in advance, ¥2,000 at the door). Still, it’s a good idea to book your tickets online in advance as Shibuya Sky is currently limiting the number of visitors as a coronavirus safety measure. Do note that the event may be cancelled in case of rain. To purchase your advance tickets, visit the Shibuya Sky website.

Check our guide on going out safely in Tokyo – or anywhere for that matter.

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