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 it has recently opened the Top Deck, which is at 250 meters high. Tokyo Skytree attracts a fair share of the tourist crowd 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 a free option 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
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