TOKYO SKYTREE® and Tokyo Tower might offer some of the most famous panoramic views of Japan’s capital, but they’re far from the only game in town. With its 160 skyscrapers and other places with stunning observation decks, it has never been easier to get a bird’s-eye view of Tokyo. So, will you choose the centrally located Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center with its unique façade, or perhaps the cathedral-like Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building? Or maybe your interests lie further on Hachijojima Island located 287km south of Tokyo (yet still belonging to its municipality), which you can admire from the observation deck of Fureai Bokujo Farm halfway up Mount Hachijo-Fuji.
That’s Tokyo’s present, but what about its future? There are many construction projects underway in the city right now, including the Torch Tower near the north side of Tokyo Station. Once completed in 2027, the skyscraper will stand 390m-high, making it the tallest building in Japan. It will take that title from the Toranomon-Azabudai Project including the 330m A District Tower, which itself will earn it around 2023 when work on it completes.
Another skyscraper of Tokyo Midtown Yaesu on the east side of Tokyo Station will also reach a height of 240 meters at the end of August 2022. A building at the Shinjuku Station west gate will reach a height of 260 meters, higher than the 243-meter tall Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. On the other hand, the city will also be saying goodbye to some structures like the World Trade Center Building (established in 1970, 152 meters), one of Tokyo’s earliest skyscrapers, which will be reconstructed by 2027. The new structure will be 83 meters taller than the current building.
By the way, for Tokyo people, admiring the view of Mount Fuji from skyscrapers has a tremendous meaning. Since the 17th century, observing Mt. Fuji from Japan’s capital was a popular form of mountain worship, which came easy thanks to the area enjoying many clear days all year round. Once upon a time, Mt. Fuji could be seen from anywhere in Tokyo. Today, many places in Tokyo offer a grand view of Mt. Fuji, a feat far achieved compared to the past. Some of the best observation decks from which to admire Japan’s sacred mountain include Shibuya Scramble Square’s SHIBUYA SKY and the Bunkyo Civic Center Observation Lounge.