Raise your hand if you’re someone who loves to enjoy the city view from the top! Unlike many other cities, Tokyo doesn’t have just one iconic skyline but instead. multiple ones.. this isn’t by chance due to the fact that Tokyo is the world’s largest city.
Unique architecture, parks, the bay, neon lights, and Mount Fuji (on clear days) make the viewpoints in Tokyo a must – see how big Japan’s capital is and take great photos to remember your trip.
Viewpoints in Tokyo
The newest and super cool Tokyo viewpoint is Shibuya Sky, located at the rooftop on the 47th floor of Shibuya Scramble Square. The “Sky Edge”, a corner where you can look down at the cityscape below without any view obstruction, is a particularly good photo spot that provides a panoramic view of the city. Not only does it offer a great view of Shibuya Scramble Crossing and Tokyo’s skyline, but it’s also a relaxing space with hammocks for cloud watching and an observation compass to help you identify major landmarks in the distance.
Price: 2,000 yen
Tokyo Skytree is the tallest tower in the world and its observation floor at 450 meters offers an incredible 360-degree view of Tokyo. If you’re on a budget, you can also get a great viewpoint of Tokyo at their lower 350 meters Tembo Deck. The Skytree design concept is “the creation of city scenery transcending time: A fusion of traditional Japanese beauty and neo-futuristic design.”
Price: 3,400 yen
Tokyo City View
Tokyo City View is the observation deck located in Roppongi Hills that offers impressive 360-degree views of Tokyo. The Mori Tower Sky Deck is one of the few observation decks open to the sky from a height of 238 meters. Besides the observatory, Mori Tower houses an art museum, stores, restaurants and more. This is also the best viewpoint to enjoy the view of Tokyo Tower, the symbol of Tokyo.
Price: 1,800 yen
Tokyo Tower is no longer one of the top views because of the surrounding tall buildings, but it has been a Tokyo icon since it was built in 1958 in the Minato neighborhood. It symbolized the rebirth of Japan after World War II as an economic power. It’s often compared to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, but is actually 13 meters taller. Inside, there’s the theme park, Tokyo One Piece Tower, and the mirrored ceilings make it an especially beautiful Tokyo viewpoint in the evening.
You can skip the elevator and instead take 600 stairs up to the Main Deck if you’re looking to work up a sweat and receive a “Stair Climber Certificate” when you reach the main deck!
Price: 1,200 yen
World Trade Center
The World Trade Center offers an amazing view of Tokyo Bay, Tokyo Tower and much of the city as well. The best time to visit is after sunset when the city lights turn on. The observation deck, although less famous than other ones, on the 40th floor offers a great viewpoint in Tokyo.
Price: 620 yen
Free Viewpoints in Tokyo
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is worth visiting purely to have a good look at its spectacular edifice, designed by Kenzo Tage. It’s particularly popular at sunset and on clear days that afford good views of Mt Fuji. There’s a nice view of Shinjuku’s architectures, Tokyo’s west area, and Skytree and Tokyo Tower in the distance. The observatory is on the 45th floor and the elevator takes less than 30 seconds to reach it.
Bunkyo Civic Center
Located on the 25th floor and one of the shorter observation decks in Tokyo, Bunkyo Civic Center’s central location offers impressive views of Mount Fuji behind the skyscrapers of the Shinjuku District on one side and the Tokyo Skytree on the other. Immediately below the civic center is Tokyo Dome City and Koishikawa Korakuen Garden.
Out of the crowd and far from the touristic observatories of Tokyo, the Carrot Tower of Sangenjaya offers a free observation deck on the 26th floor. The northern side of the tower looks out onto both Shibuya and Tokyo Tower (Skytree can also be seen in the far distance), while from the south side you can see Mount Fuji on a clear day.