A quintessential Tokyo experience has to be viewing the Tokyo skyline from one of the many observation decks. The two most popular observation points are Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree, both of which give an amazing panoramic view of Tokyo’s urban sprawl. The Eiffel tower-inspired Tokyo Tower is a classic of the city’s skyline, with views of Mt. Fuji on a clear day (900 for main observatory, 1600 for both observatories). The Tokyo Skytree, opened in 2012, is two times taller than the Tokyo Tower and is the second tallest structure in the world, giving a bird’s eye view of the city (2060 for first observatory, 3090 for both observatories).
Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills also has an open-air observation deck for those that are brave (2300 for the Sky Deck). And you can get a discount on tickets to that observation deck through Voyagin!
If you’re on a budget, there are a few free decks you can check out. First, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Shinjuku has both a northern and southern observation deck, offering views of Shinjuku’s stark skyline and beyond. The Bunkyo Civic Center is another option. Though it’s a good bit shorter than other decks as it is only on the 25th floor, you can still enjoy a view of Mt. Fuji on a clear day. Finally, there is the Ebisu Garden Place Tower, which has a free observation deck on both the 38th and 39th floors.
If you’re in the mood to splurge, the New York Bar in the Park Hyatt (the setting for the well-known 2003 film Lost in Translation) is a great place to enjoy great food and drinks as you admire the view. The view at night as you sip a cocktail is terrific, with Tokyo sprawling in every direction and the beaming red aircraft warning lights on each building lighting rhythmically. For something a little less touristy, we’d recommend Caretta in Shiodome.
Or maybe you want an even more complete view? You can reserve a helicopter tour of Tokyo through this link from Voyagin!