Since the late 1950s, skyscrapers and towers have sprung up across Tokyo. The incredible panoramic views that these buildings afford were not lost on the designers, and several of these structures incorporate observation decks that are open to the public. From these enclosed or open air observatories visitors can look out over the Kanto Plain and see as far away as Mount Fuji on a clear day. The following are some of the best public observation decks in Tokyo:

Tokyo Skytree••

Hours: 9:00 to 21:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 2100-2300 yen (first deck), 3100-3400 yen (both decks)
Deck Height: 350 meters (first deck), 450 meters (second deck)
Opened in 2012, the Tokyo Skytree is Japan's tallest tower. It measures 634 meters and was the second tallest structure in the world at the time of its completion. The Skytree has the two highest observation decks in Japan. The spacious, 350 meter high lower deck features wide windows, a restaurant, cafe and shops. The 450 meter high upper deck is notable for a glass and steel enclosed ramp that spirals around the building. Both offer spectacular, unobstructed views out over much of the Kanto Region. A beautiful aquarium and shopping mall are found at the base of the tower.

Tokyo Tower

Hours: 9:00 to 23:00 (entry until 22:30)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 1200 yen (main deck), 3000 yen (both viewing decks)
Deck Height: 150 meters (main deck), 250 meters (top deck)
Standing 333 meters, Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower. When completed in 1958 it symbolized the rebirth of Japan as a post war economic power. The tower has two observation decks, the main deck at 150 meters and the top deck at 250 meters. Both offer views as far away as the Tokyo Skytree and Mount Fuji on a good day, and down over Zojoji Temple below. The touristy lower floors of the tower house souvenir shops and restaurants.

Roppongi Hills

Closed for renovations until late April 2021
Hours: 10:00 to 23:00 (until 25:00 on Fri-Sat), 11:00 to 20:00 (Sky Deck)
Admission ends 30 to 60 minutes before closing
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 1800 yen, plus 500 yen for Sky Deck
Extra fees may apply during special events
Deck Height: 218 meters (Sky Deck: 238 meters)
Opened in 2003, the 238 meter tall Mori Tower is the centerpiece of the Roppongi Hills complex at the heart of Tokyo's Roppongi district. The building's 52nd floor houses the elegant Tokyo City View observation deck and the entrance to the excellent Mori Art Museum. The Mori Tower also features the 238 meter high, open air Sky Deck on the roof of the building with exhilarating, 360 degree views over the city. The Sky Deck may be closed due to strong wind or bad weather.

Shibuya Sky

Hours: 9:00 to 23:00 (entry until 22:00)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 2000 yen (1800 yen if purchased online)
Deck Height: 229 meters (46th floor)
Opened in November 2019, Shibuya Scramble Square is the tallest skyscraper in the Shibuya district, rising 229 meters over Shibuya Station. The observation deck occupies the building's two top floors and includes a spectacular open-air deck which divides visitors from the unobstructed views over the city with nothing but a layer of glass at the very edge of the building.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Hours: 10:00 to 20:00
Closed: December 29 to January 3 (except Jan 1) and occasional inspection days
Admission: Free
Deck Height: 202 meters (45th floor)
Completed in 1991 in Shinjuku's skyscraper district, the 243 meter tall Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Tocho) houses two observation decks, one in each of its towers. The free observation decks are located on the 45th floor of their respective towers and offer views from 202 meters above the ground. From the Tocho it is possible to see Meiji Jingu, Tokyo Tower, the Tokyo Skytree and Mount Fuji.

Bunkyo Civic Center

Hours: 9:00 to 20:30
Closed: 3rd Sunday in May, December 29 to January 3
Admission: Free
Deck Height: About 130 meters
Although 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. The free observation deck can be found on the 25th floor of the building, while the lower floors house the offices of Bunkyo city ward. Immediately below the civic center is Tokyo Dome City and Koishikawa Korakuen.

Sunshine 60

Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (entry until 20:50)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 1200 yen
Deck Height: 226 meters
Opened in 1978 in the Ikebukuro District, the 240 meter tall Sunshine 60 was Japan's tallest building for more than a decade. It features an observation deck on its top floor with nice views over the city but is not as centrally located as the above listed observation decks. Known as the "Sky Circus", the observation deck also features virtual reality rides and a few other attractions.

Observation decks are not the only way to enjoy views of the city from high up in the air. Several skyscrapers house restaurants on their top floors from where diners can simultaneously enjoy good food and good views of the city. Top floor restaurants are an especially good way of seeing the city views at night, after other observation decks close. Some notable districts where top floor restaurants are common include Marunouchi, Shiodome, Shinjuku and Shibuya.

Furthermore, many of Tokyo's high level hotels are also located on the top floors of skyscrapers, allowing them to give their guests exclusive views of the city. Some of these include the Park Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, Park Hotel Tokyo and Shangri La.

Hotels around Tokyo

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