Best views in Tokyo
Located on Sunshine 60’s 251m-high top floor, this observation deck features funfair-style attractions – think VR-enhanced adventure rides and a mirror-covered photo spot – right next to a superb 360° view over the city. Try and spot the Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Mt Fuji and Yokohama’s Landmark Tower in this Instagram-worthy panorama.
This Tokyo landmark celebrates its 60th anniversary this year 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.
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. The ticket price includes admittance to the excellent Mori Art Museum.
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 like Roppongi Hills (¥1,800) and Tokyo Skytree (¥2,060 and counting), 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
The tallest freestanding tower in the world rises to a height of 634m over the Sumida-ku 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.
Resembling a giant spaceship, this free observation deck is located on the 25th floor of the Bunkyo Civic Center in central Tokyo. Thanks to its slanted windows designed to reduce light reflection, you can enjoy a close view over Shinjuku with Mt Fuji in the background on clear days. If you drop by in the evening, look out for the illuminated Tokyo Skytree towering over east Tokyo. Free entry