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Tōkyō: landscapes and night views

Date: Updated:2014/11/12 English

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Tōkyō is one of the best examples of a modern metropolis, not just in Japan but in the entire world, and many buildings try to reach the sky with their height. During clear days it is possible to see mount Fuji far away, and also the Rainbow Bridge by night is a famous spot. But in a endless, huge city like this, which are the best places to enjoy the view? In today’s article we are going to show “where and when” you should go!

 

Tōkyō Tower

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Closest stations

Onarimon and Shibakōen stations (Mita line)

Akabanebashi station (Ōedo line)

Kamiyachō station (Hibiya line)

東京タワーアクセス

Address

Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Shibakōen, 428

 

Entry fee

820 yen (150 meters observatory)

1.420 yen (250 meters observatory)

 

Opening hours

9:00~22:00 (the higher observatory closes at 21:30)

through the whole year

 

Comment

Tōkyō Tower’s observatories are the most popular ones in the city. Although the new Tōkyō Sky Tree (see below) has been built, the Tōkyō Tower maintains its role of city symbol. Located in the center of Minato-ku, from its observatories it’s possible to behold the very heart of the metropolis and, in clear days, mount Fuji is also visible.

 

Tōkyō Metropolitan Government Office

Tokyoyakei tocho

Access

10 minutes walking from Shinjuku station (JR lines, Keiō line, Seibu line, Marunouchi line and Odakyu line ) and right over Tochōmae station (Ōedo line).

東京都庁アクセス

Address

Tōkyō-to, Shinjuku-ku, Nishi Shinjuku, 281 〒1638001

 

Entry fee

Free!

 

Opening hours

9:30~23:00

※ In case a visits day overlaps a public holiday, the visit is moved to the next day.

※ Closing days:

The south observatory is closed every first and third Tuesday of the month.

The north observatory is closed every second and fourth Monday of the month.

December 29th-30th and January 1st-2nd

 

Comment

Tōkyō Metropolitan Government Office’s free observatories are located among Nishi Shinjuku skyscrapers.

 

North Tower and South Tower

There’s an observatory in both towers, but we recommend the South Tower observatory(right, it’s the most crowded one). From an height of 202 meters from ground level, this observatory looks at the central part of Tōkyō; the North tower, instead, looks towards Saitama and to the northern part of the city, but particularly high buildings are not visible. From both the observatories it’s possible to see mount Fuji.

 

Bunkyō Ward Office’s observatory

Tokyoyakei bunkyo

Access

Kasuga station (Mita line, Ōedo line)

Kōrakuen station (Marunouchi line, Nanboku line)

文京区役所アクセス

Address

Tōkyō-to, Bunkyō-ku, Kasuga 1-16-21, Bunkyō Shibikku Center, 21st floor, south side, 〒1128555

 

Entry fee

Free!

 

Opening hours

9:00~20:30 (closed from December 29th the third Monday of May).

 

Comment

Bunkyō Ward Office’s observatory is close to the Tōkyō Dome. From here you can look to North, East and West, which is the most interesting direction to look towards to. From here you can see Shinjuku’s buildings and mount Fuji on the background.

 

Tōkyō Skytree

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Access

Oshiage station (Asakusa line, Hanzōmon line)

Tōkyō Skytree station (Tōbu Skytree line, Keiseinarita Sky-Access line).

東京スカイツリーアクセス

Address

Tōkyō-to, Sumida-ku, Oshiage, 11.

 

Entry

2.000 yen (350 meters observatory)

1.000 yen plus if you wish to access the 450 meters observatory.

Advance booking costs 500 yen.

Fares for adults, elementary and junior high-school students,

people with hadicaps ecc. can be found on the official website.

http://www.tokyoskytree.jp/reservation/

 

Opening hours

8:00~22:00

Closing days:

※ In case of fireworks display, New Year days and other public holidays.

※ During strong wind, bad weather conditions, elevators maintenance.

※ Refund is not possible if the panorama is not visible due to weather conditions.

 

Comment

Opened in 2012, Tōkyō Sky Tree has become the new city icon. Its observatory is the 4th higher observatory of the world: by night and by day it is possible to see Tōkyō and its surroundings. Even if it’s open from a little more than a year, there is a large number of visitors. Arriving early is a good thing to do, especially in the weekend, when getting to the Tōkyō Sky Tree one hour in advance is recommended.

 

The entry ticket is quite expensive, but only a few places on the planet offer a 450 meters high observatory. Therefore it is a interesting experience.

 

 

We introduced four well-known observatories in Tōkyō: next time we will show you some unknown spots!

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