10 Good Places to See Skylines in Tokyo

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Skyline Tokyo
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A country’s beauty does not lie only in nature. The city can also be enjoyed, and the best way to do that is to enjoy its skylines. Famous landmarks lost among a multitude of buildings make a great view, especially at night. And Tokyo has one of the best such views in the world. This list introduces you 10 good places to see skylines in Tokyo!

1. Sumida Park

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Sumida Park is an attractive area that goes along the river with the same name. It is a very popular attraction in spring thanks to its many cherry blossoms that turn the entire park into a pink paradise. The park also offers amazing views of Tokyo Sky Tree, which are best enjoyed at night. Few things are better than strolling along the river, listening to the soft waves and looking the imposing tower.

Information

  • Access: a 5 minute walk from Asakusa Station

2. Odaiba Seaside Park

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Odaiba is a large man-made island located in Tokyo Bay. It is not only an extensive shopping area, but the island also offers many relaxing activities, including an attractive seaside park.  The park offers amazing views of Rainbow Bridge and the Tokyo skyline which are especially attractive at night. The view can also be enjoyed from Fuji TV’s observatory.

Information

  • Access: a 8 minute walk from Odaiba Kaihinkoen Station

3. Tokyo World Trade Center

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Tokyo World Trade Center is one of the city’s oldest skyscrapers. The 164-meter tall building has an observatory which offers panoramic views of the city. It is one of the best observatories as the light is dim, letting visitors fully enjoy the view. There are also many chairs and benches to relax while looking outside. Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Bay create an astonishing view at night.

Information

  • Price:  620 yen
  • Access: outside Hamamatsucho Station
  • Opening hour: 10:00
  • Closing hour: 20:30
  • Holiday: none
  • Website: http://www.wtcbldg.co.jp/wtcb/

4. Tokyo Tower

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Tokyo Tower was used as a a broadcast station for the central Kanto area until the neighborhood started being filled with tall buildings and its function was transfered to Tokyo Sky Tree. It houses an observatory located at a height of over 200 meters. The observatory offers nice views of the Tokyo skyline and the Zozo-ji Temple that is located next to the tower.

Information

  • Price: 900 yen (first observatory), 1600 yen (both observatories)
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Hamamatsucho Station
  • Opening hour: 09:00
  • Closing hour: 23:00
  • Holiday: none
  • Website: https://www.tokyotower.co.jp/eng/

5. Tokyo Sky Tree

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Tokyo Sky Tree is recognized as the tallest tower in the world and also the tallest structure in Japan, having a height of 634 meters. The tower represents the leading radio and television broadcast spot for the Kanto region. It is home to two observation decks: one standing at 350 meters and the other one at 450 meters. The observation decks offer beautiful panoramic views of Tokyo. It is especially recommended to go after the sun sets when the whole city is lightened.

Information

  • Price: 2060 yen (first observatory), 3090 yen (both observatories)
  • Access: outside Oshiage SkyTree Station
  • Opening hour: 08:00
  • Closing hour: 22:00
  • Holiday: none
  • Website: http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

6. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

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Located in the Shinjuku skyscraper district, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is 243 meters tall and houses two observatories, one in each of it’s towers. It is possible to see Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Sky Tree and Mount Fuji. The observatories also house a few souvenirs shops and restaurants, so it’s definitely worth visiting them!

Information

  • Price: free
  • Access: a 15 minute walk from Shinjuku Station
  • Opening hour: 09:30
  • Closing hour: 23:00
  • Holiday: irregular
  • Website: http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/attractions/metropolitan_govt_bldg/

7. Sunshine 60

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Sunshine 60 is a 240-meter tall building which houses Sunshine City, one of Tokyo’s leading shopping complexes. The building features an observatory on the top floor which offers nice views of the surrounding city. The observatory also features several interesting virtual rides and other attractions.

Information

  • Price: 630 yen
  • Access: a 1o minute walk from Ikebukuro Station
  • Opening hour: 10:00
  • Closing hour: 21:30
  • Holiday: none
  • Website: http://www.sunshinecity.co.jp/english/

8. Mori Tower

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Mori Tower represents the central building of the well known Roppongi Hills complex. The building is 238 meters tall and features an observatory located at its top. It is the only open-air observatory in Tokyo and a place any tourist must visit. To be on the top of such a tall building and feel the wind is among the most amazing experiences you can live in the capital.

Information

  • Price: 2300 yen
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Roppongi Station
  • Opening hour: 10:00
  • Closing hour: 23:00
  • Holiday: none
  • Website: http://www.roppongihills.com.e.nt.hp.transer.com/

9. Bunkyo Civic Center

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Bunkyo Civic Center is a shorter building compared to the others in this list, but nevertheless worth visiting. Its observatory offers amazing views of Mount Fuji behind the skyscrapers from the Shinjuku district. Tokyo Dome City and Koishikawa Korakuen also create a nice view at night, being located directly below the building.

Information

  • Price: free
  • Access: a 5 minute walk from Korakuen Station
  • Opening hour: 09:00
  • Closing hour: 20:30
  • Holiday:  3rd Sunday in May and year end holidays

10. Sumida Cruise

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There are many ferries which run between the Asakusa pier and Odaiba or Hama Rikyu Garden. The ferries have large windows which offer excellent views of the surroundings. Riding a ferry is one of the best ways to see Tokyo as the views from Sumida River cannot be enjoyed otherwise. The recommended travel time is around sunset when warm colors transform the sight completely.

Information

  • Access: Sumida pier (5 minute walk from Asakusa Station) or Odaiba pier (10 minute walk from Odaiba Kaihinkoen Station)

Enjoy the view!

Have a good trip and travel!

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