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!
Onarimon and Shibakōen stations (Mita line)
Akabanebashi station (Ōedo line)
Kamiyachō station (Hibiya line)
Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Shibakōen, 428
820 yen (150 meters observatory)
1.420 yen (250 meters observatory)
9:00~22:00 (the higher observatory closes at 21:30)
through the whole year
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
10 minutes walking from Shinjuku station (JR lines, Keiō line, Seibu line, Marunouchi line and Odakyu line ) and right over Tochōmae station (Ōedo line).
Tōkyō-to, Shinjuku-ku, Nishi Shinjuku, 281 〒1638001
※ 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
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
Kasuga station (Mita line, Ōedo line)
Kōrakuen station (Marunouchi line, Nanboku line)
Tōkyō-to, Bunkyō-ku, Kasuga 1-16-21, Bunkyō Shibikku Center, 21st floor, south side, 〒1128555
9:00~20:30 (closed from December 29th the third Monday of May).
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.
Oshiage station (Asakusa line, Hanzōmon line)
Tōkyō Skytree station (Tōbu Skytree line, Keiseinarita Sky-Access line).
Tōkyō-to, Sumida-ku, Oshiage, 11.
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.
※ 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.
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. 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!