1. Shibuya Sky
    Photo: Keita SinyaThe view from Shibuya Sky is jawdropping
  2. Carrot Tower
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  3. Tokyo Tower
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8 best observation decks in Tokyo for incredible views of the city skyline

Want to see Tokyo from the top? Visit these observation decks for the best views in the city, including Shibuya Sky and more

Tabea Greuner
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Tabea Greuner
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To realise how massive Tokyo is, it's best to head up to one of the many observation decks in the city, where you can look out at our megalopolis, with views that stretch out to as far as the iconic Mt Fuji, Yokohama or Chichibu on a clear day. 

The landmark Tokyo Tower is a popular option, especially since the opening of its Top Deck in 2018, which is at 250 meters high. Tokyo Skytree attracts a fair share of visitors too; its Tembo Galleria, at a height of 450m, makes the concrete jungle below look like a miniature world − definitely not for those who are afraid of heights.

While a visit to some of these observation decks often come with prices as lofty as the view, we have also included free options on our list. Here's our guide to the best vantage points in Tokyo, where you can expect to be dazzled by the sprawling cityspace and beautiful architecture.

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Best views in Tokyo

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  • Shibuya

Catch the best views of Tokyo at this 360° open-air observation deck at the rooftop of Shibuya Scramble Square. Shibuya Sky is approximately 230 metres above ground and is the highest point in the district of Shibuya.

The ‘Sky Edge’, a corner where you can look down at the cityscape below without any obstruction, is a particularly good photo spot that provides a panoramic view of the city. The rooftop also features hammocks for cloud watching and an observation compass to help you identify major landmarks in the distance such as Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Stadium and even Mt Fuji (on a clear day). At night, you'll be able to see a light show called the 'Crossing Light' as 18 beams illuminate the city sky.

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  • Sightseeing
  • Shiba-Koen

This Tokyo landmark celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018 with the opening of its top deck, 100m above the existing 150m-high main observation deck, to the public. There’s more than just a good photo op here. The mirrored ceiling and wall create a kaleidoscopic effect of the city view, complemented by special light effects after dark. The entrance fee also comes with a souvenir photo and a multilingual audio guide explaining the major buildings and landmarks in the skyline.

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  • Sightseeing
  • Roppongi

Located on the 52nd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, this observatory provides an impressive 360-degree bird’s-eye view of Tokyo, including landmarks like Shinjuku Gyoen, the National Diet Building, Tokyo Tower and the Skytree. For an additional ¥500, you can also visit the excellent Mori Art Museum on the 53rd floor.

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  • Sightseeing
  • Oshiage

The tallest freestanding tower in the world rises to a height of 634m over the Sumida skyline. While its main function is as a broadcasting tower, offering considerably improved television reception, the Tokyo Skytree is also one of the capital's go-to tourist destinations. The two platforms, one at a height of 350m and the second one at 450m, provide superb views of the city. Check out the area around its base as well, which is home to Tokyo Skytree Town, a complex boasting 310 shops and restaurants.

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  • Sightseeing
  • Odaiba

The headquarters of the Fuji TV corporation, one of Japan’s biggest broadcasters, offers a host of attractions that are open to the public. There are exhibitions on popular programmes as well as guided tours of the studios, but most people come here for the large orb-shaped observation deck. Called the Hachitama, the observation deck sets itself apart from other similar Tokyo facilities due to its direct view of Tokyo Bay and the Rainbow Bridge. The viewing deck, which is located on the 25th floor, offers a stunning 270-degree panorama of Tokyo’s skyline across the bay, including the iconic Tokyo Tower in the distance.

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  • Towers and viewpoints
  • Sangenjaya

The top floor of this extremely orange-coloured 26-storey building is a great place to enjoy amazing views toward the Bay Bridge while lounging on one of the comfy sofas. Don't expect close-up views of skyscrapers here as Sangenjaya, while just two stops away from Shibuya on the metro, is largely low-rise and residential. On a clear day, you might even get an unobstructed view of Mt Fuji. There's also a restaurant and a more affordable café if you're feeling peckish. Free entry.

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  • Sightseeing
  • Shinjuku

Kenzo Tange's domineering Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is worth visiting purely to have a good look at its spectacular edifice, but it's also home to a pair of free observation decks that have become a popular stop on many tourist itineraries. For good reason, too: unlike other contenders, the TMG's observatories are completely free of charge. Particularly popular at sunset, when clear days afford good views of Mt Fuji, the observation decks also serve refreshments. Free entry

*Note that only the South Observation Deck is currently open.

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  • Edogawa

In providing views out over eastern Tokyo, this 115m-high observation deck is something of a rarity. From here you can see the traditional neighbourhood of Edogawa, where the tower is located, Kasai Rinkai Park and its Ferris wheel, the Tokyo Skytree and Mt Tsukuba in the distance. The building, which houses offices, restaurants, concert halls and a cinema, is easily identified by its sailboat-like structure jutting into the sky. If you’re lucky, you might even see the occasional fireworks from Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea. Free entry.

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