Mega metropolis Tokyo. There is no city in the world that has more inhabitants than Tokyo. There are 9.5 million in the city area. 45, 5 million in the metropolitan area. crazy, right? What is a must on a trip to Tokyo: Seeing the gigantic concrete world from one of the viewpoints from above.
Tokyo accommodates – how could you expect otherwise – a whole lot of viewing platforms. Some at dizzying heights, some for free, some outdoors, some in a bar: the choice of vantage points is huge.
To make your choice for your next trip to Japan easier, we show you in this blog article our favorite viewing platforms in Tokyo. We have visited all of them ourselves and will tell you about our experiences and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
1. Roppongi Hills Mori Tower (“Tokyo City View”) One of the best views over You can see Tokyo from the roof of the Mori Tower, which is located in the Roppongi Hills building complex. The viewing point is officially called “Tokyo City View”.
This viewing platform has a decisive advantage over all others: The highest floor, the so-called ” “Sky Deck” is a open-air platform. Therefore you can have a clear degree view over Tokyo. With the helipad, the atmosphere up here is really something special.
If you can make it in time, we would highly recommend you to sunset. come. Unfortunately, the sun does not set behind the Tokyo Tower, but on the other side, which is less spectacular – that would be the icing on the cake. But good: the view is still spectacular. On a clear day, you can even spot Mount Fuji in the distance.
Our tip: Take something to wear with you – especially if you go out in the evening come. The wind is blowing pretty hard up there on the Sky Deck. Speaking of the Sky Deck: Unfortunately, the Sky Deck is only open when the weather is nice. In case of strong wind or rain it will be closed. Then you’ll have to settle for the indoor observation deck a few floors down.
Info on visiting the observation deck at Mori Tower Directions: The nearest U -Train Station (Roppongi Station; accessible by Ōedo and Hibiya Line) is about 5 minutes walk away.
Opening hours: 11 until 20 Time, last admission 30 Minutes before the end
Entry: 1.800 Yen for Museum & Indoor Observation Deck plus 500 Yen for the rooftop sky Deck
2. View from Tokyo Tower Let’s come to the building that we just saw from Mori Tower: the Tokyo Tower. If you think of the Eiffel Tower in Paris when you see it, then you are spot on. The example in Tokyo was based on the Eiffel Tower.
There are two viewing platforms in the Tokyo Tower: The Main Deck in 150 meters high and the top deck in 200 meters in height. You buy your ticket either for the main deck only or for both viewing platforms.
We ourselves were only on the main deck – on the one hand it seemed to us triple price for 45 meters more not justified and on the other hand we usually find it more exciting to be closer to the other skyscrapers anyway. The view from Tokyo Tower is really great because you feel very close to the city. It’s a pity, of course, that you have to be content with looking through panes of glass.
The Skywalk window is a special feature: Here you can walk through a sure-footed Look down the glass or walk across it.
You can buy your ticket here in advance: Tokyo Tower (Main Deck)
Information on visiting the Tokyo Tower How to get there: numerous subway stations nearby, e.g. Akabanebashi Station (accessible by the Ōedo Line) – from well there 05 walking distance
Opening hours: 9 to 22 Clock (Main Deck), 9 to 17: 45 o’clock (Top Deck), last entry s 30 minutes before the end
Entry: 1.200 Yen (Main Deck), 3. Yen (Main & Top Deck)
3. Tokyo Skytree High. Higher. Tokyo Skytree. The tallest structure in Japan (and the second tallest in the world!) also houses a viewpoint. More precisely, there are even two: One in 350 meters high (Tembo Deck) and one in 400 meters high (Tembo Galleria). We chose the lower vantage point because we felt that 350 meters are already high enough.
The view from Tokyo Skytree is completely different from any other Viewing platforms: It is more reminiscent of the view from an airplane. From so high up , Tokyo looks like a toy town – which is of course also spectacular to look at, but it’s just a completely different feeling.
The Rush in the Skytree is – as we expected – relatively large. The viewing platform in 250 meters high (Tembo Deck) extends over three levels, all of which were well filled. At the Tokyo Skytree there are also Fast Entry Tickets, which were not necessary during our visit (May), since we were able to go up pretty quickly. However, if you are there during the high season (e.g. during the cherry blossom season), this type of ticket could be worthwhile.
You can buy your ticket here in advance: Tokyo Skytree
Information on visiting the Tokyo Skytree Directions: The nearest tube station is Oshiage Station (accessible via the Asakusa, the Hanzōmon and the Tobu Line) or even more directly via Tokyo Skytree Station (accessible via the Tobu Line). Both stations are only a few minutes’ walk from the Skytree.
Opening hours: 8 to 22 Time, last admission 60 minutes before the end
Entry: Tembo Deck: 2.60 Yen (Mon to Fri), 2.300 Yen (Sat to Sun); Tembo Deck & Tembo Galleria: 3.100 Yen (Mon to Fri), 3.400 Yen (Sat to Sun)
4. New York Bar: The bar from “Lost in Translation” Sit where Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray pondering life in the film “Lost in Translation” was something we just couldn’t pass up. Anyone who has seen the film will probably feel just as attracted to this bar as we do.
The scene of many scenes of this film (really worth seeing!) is the New York Bar, which is located in the 30. Floor of Park Hyatt Hotel in Shinjuku district. From the bar you have – how could it be otherwise – a wonderful view over Tokyo.
The location and the popularity of the film, however, give the bar a high price level: We actually have for a total of four cocktails euros paid. If we were until after 15 o’clock would have been another 2.500 Added Yen Cover Charge per person. Crazy! Away 20 o’clock a jazz band plays live and therefore something like admission is charged. But we did it cleverly: at about a quarter to 8 we asked for the bill and after paying we listened to the first tones of the jazz band.
All in all, the visit is an expensive one, but really nice experience. At least there are free nuts to snack on – it doesn’t justify the price, but it’s good. We recommend arriving before sunset and watching the lights come on across the city. Incidentally, we had no problem at all getting a seat.
Information on visiting the New York Bar How to get there: Several options, eg on foot (approx.10 minutes) from Shinjuku Station (several subways and JR trains)
Opening hours: 17 until 24 Hour (Sun to Wed), 15 until 1 a.m. (Thu to Sat)
Entry: after 20 Hour (Sun 19 clock) will be a cover charge of 2.500 Yen required
Prices: approx. 2.600 Yen (including service) per cocktail
5. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building The only free view in our Blog article is the one from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Considering that entry is free, we think the view is pretty impressive.
The Metropolitan Government Building houses City Hall and actually consists of two towers – There is a viewing platform on both.
During our visit, the North Tower was being renovated, so only the South Tower accessible. But that doesn’t matter, because the view from both towers is fantastic. Photographing is a little tricky as the windows are quite reflective, but ok – you can’t complain with a free vantage point.
We noticed that something was going on, what probably because the Metropolitan Government Building can be used free of charge is important. We were at about 11: 23 on site and just had to 11 minutes before we were allowed to take the lift up.
Info on visiting the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building How to get there: The nearest subway station (Tochōmae Station; accessible via the Ōedo Line) is about a 5-minute walk away.
Opening hours :
05 until 22 Time, last admission 30 minutes before the end
Entry tt: free
6. World Trade Center (“Seaside Top Observatory„) Let’s come to a little insider tip under all observation decks: the one on the World Trade Center in Tokyo. Unfortunately, the construction of a new skyscraper has somewhat spoiled the distant view. Once upon a time you could see Mount Fuji from up here on a clear day. That is no longer the case.
But you can photograph past the high-rise relatively elegantly and still have a nice view of the Tokyo Tower. I found it exciting we too, to watch the trains. From up here you have a direct view of the platforms on which the Shinkansen trains pass.
We were almost the only guests during our visit. We were really surprised how little was going on up here. The building itself is a bit old – but well, the focus is on the view anyway.
Information on visiting the World Trade Center
Directions: The closest stations are JR Hamamatsuchō Station (accessible on the Yamanote and Keihin-Tōhoku Lines) and Daimon Subway Station (accessible on the Asakusa and Ōedo Lines). It is only a few minutes’ walk from both stations.
Opening hours: 10 until 23: 23 Time, last admission 30 Minutes before the end
Entry: 620 Yen
7. Shibuya Crossing Observation Deck One observation point that is a bit out of line is the one at the world famous crossing in Shibuya. Probably the best view of Shibuya Crossing is from the roof of the shopping center Magnet by Shibuya 109.
If If all pedestrian traffic lights switch to green at the same time, the crossing resembles a anthill. By the way, the Shibuya Crossing is said to be most frequented between 17 and 19 o’clock. Our photo was taken during this period.
Unfortunately, the viewing platform is quite small and there are only very few places from which you can get a good view on the crossing. Patience is therefore required when taking photos.
Information on visiting the viewing platform Magnet by Shibuya Getting there: The closest station is Shibuya Station (several subways and JR trains). You can already see the crossing from the train station.
Opening hours: 11 until 23 Watch
Entry: 620 Yen
8th. Our hotel in Tokyo with a view Last but not least a hotel tip with a view: From our room in the OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka we also had a great view over Tokyo. Of course, you shouldn’t expect such a spectacular view as, for example, from Tokyo Tower, but it was pretty nice to get up every morning with this view.
Our room was quite high up in the 10. Floor – so if you also want to check in at this hotel, it is best to ask for a room at a similar level.
By the way, we can use the hotel itself. highly recommend. It’s a 2-minute walk from a JR (Yamanote Line) station – so you can get to a lot of tourist attractions pretty quickly. The rooms are maisonette-like, with the very comfortable beds on a kind of bunk bed and accessible via a few wooden stairs. It might be a bit of a hassle for older people – it didn’t bother us, quite the contrary.
Breakfast isn’t a highlight, but to be honest it was almost nowhere else in Japan. Best if you have breakfast outside.
You can book the hotel here: OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka
Transparency: Invitation & Affiliate Links8220 We were invited to Japan by All Nippon Airways (ANA) – thank you very much for this great opportunity! So that you are familiar: The outward and return flights as well as the program for the first 5 days (Tokyo, Hakone, Osaka) were financially taken over by ANA. We were free to organize the program – we were on our own the whole time. We decided to extend our stay in Japan at our own expense.
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Which viewpoints in Tokyo do you think are a must-see? Do you have any other tips for viewing platforms or rooftop bars? We look forward to your comment!