The Sunshine 60 Observatory on the 60th floor of Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City closed its doors in October last year to undergo renovation, but it has now finally reopened with a revamped interior. Previously known as Sky Circus for its art installations and interactive activities, the observation deck has been transformed into Tembo Park, an indoor park where you can relax and enjoy the views.
The main area inside Tembo Park is Tembo no Oka, which means ‘observatory hill’ in Japanese. Most of the floor is covered in turf, so you can sit on the ground or relax on the couches while taking in breathtaking panoramic views of the city from 251 metres above ground. The area is particularly good for children and even has a designated space for toddlers where they can crawl around and play with toys.
You’ll get one of the best views near the entrance through a large window surrounded by a mosaic mirror installation. The spectacular view is reflected by the mirrors, creating a mesmerising effect.
Next to Tembo no Oka is a café that serves meals like chicken curry (¥950), honey chicken banh mi (¥850), a blue sky-inspired banana smoothie (¥800) and even organic baby food (from ¥550). You can also bring in meals from elsewhere during lunch hours (11.30am-2pm) on weekdays, and even borrow a picnic mat for free.
Another scenic spot for stunning views is this swing that looks out over the city.
If you’re with a group of friends, take a seat around the fireplace table. But don’t worry about the ‘fire’ in the centre – there are no flames or smoke, just a steam effect.
Opposite Tembo no Oka is a chic event space that is mainly used to host special events and exhibits. When events are not being held, this area is open to the public for spectacular views of Mount Tsukuba in Ibaraki prefecture and Nikko in Tochigi.
Tembo Park opened on April 18, and if you visit from April 18 to 27 you’ll get a free portable alcohol spray (while supplies last) and a ¥100 discount voucher for Tembo Park Cafe.
The observation deck is open from 11am to 9pm daily, with tickets ¥700 on weekdays (¥500 for middle school and primary school students, free for younger children) and ¥900 on weekends (¥600 for middle school and primary school students, free for younger children). You can buy tickets on the website or at the door.
This article was originally published on March 27 2023 and updated on April 18 2023.
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