Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world and a trip up to the top of a skyscraper to view this amazing, expansive metropolis id one of the best things to do in Tokyo.
Here we’ll show the best observation decks in Tokyo including the huge Tokyo sky tree, some amazing free observation decks and even a couple of giant Ferris wheels which also offer breathtaking views.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Observation Deck
From a height of 202 meters, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Tokyo. In winter, the view of beautiful Mt. There is also a café bar and snack shop, so bring the whole family or just couples!
Address: 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Telephone (main): 03-53 Phone: 03-53-53-1111
Hours:Open: 9:30 – 23:00 (Entry closes 30 minutes before closing time) *South Observation Deck closes at 17:30 (or 23:00 when the North Observation Deck is closed) *Closed: The North Observation Deck is open on the second and fourth Monday of the month, and the South Observation Deck is open on the first and third Tuesday of the month. Both observation deck rooms are closed during the year-end and New Year holidays (December 29-31, January 2-3) and on inspection days of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.
Access: 10-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station West Exit, or Tochomae Station on the Toei Subway Oedo Line
Bunkyo-ku Civic Center
An observatory 105 meters above the ground integrated with the Bunkyo Ward Office. You can enjoy the view of Ikebukuro and Shinjuku for free. The observatory is a very popular spot among observatories in the city center because of its ingenuity in making the night view look beautiful.
Address: 1-16-21 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo TEL: 03 (5803) 1100
Hours: 9:00 – 20:30 (Observation Lounge on 25th floor) Year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 – January 3), Temporary closing days: The North Observation Deck is closed on the second and fourth Mondays, and the South Observation Deck is closed on the first and third Tuesdays.
Transportation: 1 min. walk from Korakuen Stn. on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line or Namboku Line, 1 min. walk from Kasuga Stn. on the Toei Subway Mita Line or Oedo Line, 8 min. walk from Suidobashi Stn. on the JR Sobu Line
Fee: Free in the observation lounge on the 25th floor
Edogawa Ward General Citizens’ Hall Observation Tower
The main building of the Kumin Hall, which also has a beautiful wedding hall, is nicknamed “Tower Hall Funabori,” and has two basement floors and seven stories above the ground, topped by a 103-meter-high observation tower. The view from the tower is outstanding, from Mount Fuji to the mountains of Chichibu and even Umihotaru can be seen.
Address: 4-1-1 Funabori, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo TEL: 03-5676-2211
Hours: 9:00 – 21:30
Access:A short walk from Funabori Station on the Toei Shinjuku Line
Fee: Free of charge
Since its opening in 1958, Tokyo Tower has been the world’s tallest freestanding steel tower, and it is not only a famous landmark for its spectacular views, but also an essential part of our daily lives as it transmits radio and television broadcasts. Of course, you can see Boso, the Miura Peninsula and Mt. Fuji from the observation deck of Tokyo Tower. In 2002, the observation deck was renovated and a cafe was opened.
Address: 4-2-8 Shiba-Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 9:00 – 22:00
Access: 5-minute walk from Akabanebashi Station on the Toei Oedo Line, 6-minute walk from Onarimon Station on the Toei Mita Line, 7-minute walk from Kamiyacho Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, 10-minute walk from Daimon Station on the Toei Oedo Line Asakusa Line, 15-minute walk from JR Hamamatsu-cho Station
Fees: Adults (high school students and older): 820 yen / Children (elementary and junior high school students): 460 yen / Infants (4 years and older): 310 yen for the Main Observatory (150m)
Kasai Rinkai Park Giant Ferris Wheel
Kasai Rinkai Park is a vast site facing Tokyo Bay, with the Kasai Rinkai Aquarium and the Giant Ferris Wheel of Diamonds and Flowers as its main facilities. The main facilities are Kasai Rinkai Aquarium and the Giant Ferris Wheel of Diamonds and Flowers, which opened in March 2001 and is one of the largest Ferris wheels in Japan, offering a close-up view of Tokyo Disney Resort (R), Odaiba, Umihotaru, Yokohama, Mt. It is a date spot where you can have a picnic on the lawn during the day, enjoy the tuna tanks and other attractions at the Aquarium, and enjoy the beautiful lights of TDR and the Giant Ferris Wheel at night.
Address: 6-2 Rinkai-cho, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo Tel: 03-5696-1331
Hours: Weekdays 10:00 – 20:00, Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, GW, spring, summer and winter holidays 10:00 – 21:00
Access: 5 min. from Kasai Rinkai Koen Stn. on the JR Keiyo Line, or by bus from Kasai or Nishi-Kasai Stn. on the Subway Tozai Line, or from the Kasai IC of the Bayshore Route on the Metropolitan Expressway.
Fees: General (3 years and older) 700 yen, Group (20 people and over) 630 yen, Silver (70 years and older) 400 yen
Palette Town Giant Ferris Wheel
The location of Palette Town in the Tokyo waterfront subcenter is unique in the world for a Ferris wheel. It is rare to see the night view of a metropolis and the ocean at the same time. Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world. Also, when you want to see a night view of the city, the buildings tend to get in the way, but since you’re looking out over Tokyo from the middle of the ocean, Tokyo Bay, you have a great view of the city. You can see all the way from Haneda to the Boso Peninsula, and on a clear winter day you can even see Mt. Fuji on a clear winter day. It’s the perfect location for Tokyo office workers to enjoy an after-five date night. The Ferris wheel’s beautiful illumination can be seen from many places in Tokyo, making it a popular destination.
Address: Palette Town, 1 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 03-3529-1821
Hours: Weekdays 10:00-22:00 (last boarding)
Access: 3 min. walk from Tokyo Teleport Stn. on the Rinkai Line, a short walk from Aomi Stn. on the Yurikamome Line, 1 min. walk from Palette Town-mae bus stop on the water bus
Fare: 900 yen per person (4 years and older), 3000 yen for a group ticket (exclusive use of one car for one lap), 500 yen for a group ticket for students (20 or more students up to high school age)