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Etch in memory the Tokyo night view Top 6 must-go-to spots

This issue presents recommended spots for taking in the Tokyo night view. The top six range from a popular tower that commands a view of the entire Kanto region to a less-known observatory where admission is free. Check them all out and discover your favorite.

TOKYO SKYTREE®

The TEMBO DECK located 350 meters above ground level is enclosed in a large glass wall to offer a 360-degree panoramic view of the city below and a great sense of liberty. From here, climb the sloping, glassed-in TEMBO GALLERIA to the peak of 451.2 meters. This is the only spot that commands a view of Tokyo at night from this height.

Photo courtesy of TOKYO SKYTREE®

TOKYO SKYTREE®

Address

1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Access

Short walk from Tobu SKYTREE Line TOKYO SKYTREE Station

Hours

Observation decks 8:00–22:00; open year round

Inquiries

TOKYO SKYTREE Call Center 0570-55-0634

URL

http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/sumida/spot/40011.html

Tokyo Tower

This classic spot offers a 360-degree panorama of the Tokyo night view. The Main Observatory is located 150 meters above ground level, and the Special Observatory 250 meters. The tower itself is a delight to behold, as the illumination changes with the seasons and with events.

Photo courtesy of Nippon Television City Corporation

Address

4-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Access

5-min. walk from Toei Oedo Line Akabanebashi Station

Hours

Main Observatory 9:00–22:00 (last admission 21:45), Special Observatory 9:00–21:30 (last admission 21:00); open year round

Inquiries

03-3433-5111

URL

http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/minato/spot/s_12.html

Telecom Center Observatory

Photo courtesy of i-house

The 99-meter high Telecom Center Building is designed as an homage to France’s Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile. On the topmost 21st floor is the observatory. The view of Tokyo Tower across Rainbow Bridge is unique to the island of Odaiba.

Address

2-5-10 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo

Access

1-min. walk from Yurikamome Telecom Center Station

Hours

15:00–21:00; weekends and holidays 11:00–; closed Mondays (or the following day, if Monday falls on a holiday)

Inquiries

03-5500-0021

World Trade Center Building

Seaside Top, the observatory on the building’s topmost 40th floor, offers a close-up view of Tokyo Tower from base to tip. The dazzling skyscrapers of the metropolitan area, the shinkansen and monorail lines running directly below, and the lights of ships in Tokyo Bay are also a sight to behold.

Photo courtesy of World Trade Center Building, Inc.

Address

2-4-1 Hamamatsu-cho, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Access

Linked directly from JR / Tokyo Monorail Hamamatsu-cho Station and Toei Subway Daimon Station

Hours

10:00–20:30 (reception –20:00)

Inquiries

03-3435-3740

URL

http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/minato/spot/2600.html

Odaiba Kaihin Park

The park adjacent to Dai-San Daiba (No. 3 Battery, a former gun battery) borders a quiet inlet. In summer, the lights from countless yakatabune houseboats sway beautifully before Rainbow Bridge.

Address

Daiba 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Access

3-min. walk from Yurikamome Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station / Daiba Station

Inquiries

03-5500-2455

URL

http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/minato/spot/s_47.html

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatories

The observatories command a close-up view of Tokyo’s neon district from 202 meters above ground level. On top of being admission-free, the convenient location in the heart of Shinjuku makes them a popular spot to visit after dining or shopping.

Photo courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Address

Tokyo Metropolitan Main Building No. 1, 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Access

Short walk from Toei Oedo Line Tochomae Station

Hours

9:30–23:00 (South Observatory –17:30, but –23:00 when the North Observatory is closed); South Observatory closed on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month; North Observatory closed on the 2nd and 4th Monday

Inquiries

03-5320-7890

URL

http://www.gotokyo.org/en/tourists/info/observatory.html

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