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Tokyo Skyline: Best Places to See It!

Bianca BacheBianca Bache
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March 11, 2023
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Tokyo is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in the world. With expansive skylines that reach the horizon, from the towering Tokyo Skytree to the historic Tokyo Tower and, if you’re lucky, even a view of Mt Fuji. The Tokyo skyline can be seen from breathtaking vantage points above the concrete jungle.

The hustle and bustle of everyday life buzz in the streets, but once you’re 50 stories up, you can genuinely experience another side of the city. So grab your camera and explore these five must-see places for the best views of Tokyo’s skyline!

Tokyo Skytree

If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo and want to experience something remarkable, look no further than the Tokyo Skytree! This towering structure stands an incredible 634 meters tall. Making it the tallest structure in Japan and the second tallest in the world (just behind the Burj Khalifa in Dubai).

Tokyo Tower of skyscrapers at night
Tokyo skyline at night is a spectacle worth seeing while in Tokyo. Image via Shutterstock

From the observation decks, you’ll be treated to breathtaking 360-degree views of Tokyo and its surroundings, including the iconic Mt. Fuji on a clear day!

Tokyo Skytree boasts not one but two observation decks, each offering its own unique vantage point of the city. The first deck, located at 350 meters, provides visitors with a bird’s eye view of Tokyo’s bustling streets and towering skyscrapers.

But if you’re looking for an even more exhilarating experience, venture up to the second deck at 450 meters, where you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world as you gaze out over the entire city.

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For the true thrill-seekers, the Skytree even offers a glass floor section where you can walk and look down upon the city below. It’s a heart-pounding experience that will leave you feeling like you’re floating above the city!

Tokyo Tower

The Tokyo Tower is another iconic landmark in Tokyo city. Often this tower is shown in anime and manga and is a quintessential point in the Tokyo skyline. So rather than seeing it, how about exploring it?

Evening view of Tokyo from Skytree with people standing in front of the tokyo skyline
We recommend going at sunset set to see the vivid colors engulfing the Tokyo cityscape. Image via Shutterstock

This towering structure stands an impressive 333 meters tall. While it may be shorter than the Sky Tree, it offers breathtaking panoramic city views from its two observation decks. The observation decks offer spectacular night views that make any Japan fanatic swoon. 

The lower deck, located at 150 meters, provides visitors with a unique perspective of Tokyo’s bustling streets and vibrant neighborhoods. But for the ultimate experience, head up to the higher deck at 250 meters. You’ll be treated to jaw-dropping views of Tokyo’s skyline and beyond.

But the Tokyo Tower isn’t just a sightseeing destination – it’s also home to various restaurants and shops that offer a taste of Tokyo’s vibrant culture. From traditional Japanese cuisine to international flavors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Tokyo Tower surrounded by the tokyo skyline
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And suppose you’re in the mood for some souvenir shopping. In that case, the tower has many options, including traditional Japanese crafts and trendy fashion boutiques.

Roppongi Hills Mori Tower

The Roppongi Hills Mori Tower is stunning and not only home to the world-renowned Mori Art Museum but also offers one of the most astonishing observation decks in the city: the Tokyo City View.

Located on the 52nd floor, the Tokyo City View offers visitors 360-degree panoramic views of Tokyo that are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Gaze out at the bustling city streets, the sparkling Tokyo Bay, and the towering skyscrapers of this incredible metropolis.

For added adventure, head up to the SkyDeck on the rooftop. This is where you can experience the view without any glass barriers on the way – just the open air and the breeze in your face.

looking up view of Mori Building and spider sculpture Maman by Louise Bourgeois at Roppongi Hill, Tokyo, Japan.
The Mori Building and spider sculpture designed by Louise Bourgeois highlight the RoppongiHillsl area. Image via Shutterstock

The Roppongi Hills Mori Tower isn’t just about the views. The tower is a masterpiece of modern architecture, with sleek lines and cutting-edge design that will leave you in awe. And, of course, there’s the Mori Art Museum, which showcases some of the most incredible contemporary art in the world!

Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center

The Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is a striking building that boasts a unique and modern design that will leave a lasting impression on visitors! As you make your way up the spiral ramp to the observation deck on the 8th floor, you’ll be treated to incredible views of Tokyo’s skyline.

Gaze out at the towering Tokyo Skytree, the iconic Tokyo Tower, and the tranquil waters of the Sumida River below. And the best part? It won’t cost you a single yen to enjoy this breathtaking view!

View of Asakusa Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street from the observation deck in Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center, Tokyo, Japan
You can see Asakusa Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street from the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center observation deck! Image via Shutterstock

The Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is more than just an observation deck. The building is a work of art, with sleek lines and modern design sure to impress. And inside, you’ll find a wealth of information about Tokyo’s rich history and culture. As well as helpful advice on the best places to visit and things to do in the city.

Carrot Tower

For a unique and off-the-beaten-path way to experience Tokyo’s skyline, the Carrot Tower in Sangenjaya is the tower for you! This hidden gem may not be as well-known as some of the city’s other observation decks. But it’s definitely worth a visit.

Perched on the 26th floor of the Carrot Tower, the observation deck offers panoramic views of Tokyo and beyond. Gaze out at the sprawling cityscape, towering skyscrapers, bustling streets, and beyond the tranquil waters of Yokohama Bay.

Also, if you’re feeling hungry, head down to the 25th floor, where you’ll find a restaurant serving delicious Japanese cuisine with a view that can’t be beaten. And the best part? It’s free to visit and explore! 

This sleek and modern building is a marvel of engineering and design, with its striking lines and innovative architecture. And Sangenjaya itself is a charming neighborhood that is well worth exploring. With its quaint streets, lively bars and restaurants, and friendly locals!

View of Tokyo city from Mori Tower, Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, Japan
View of Tokyo city from Mori Tower, Roppongi Hills. Image via Shutterstock

Tokyo has endless possibilities and incredible experiences; its skyline is no exception. From the towering heights of the Tokyo Skytree and the Tokyo Tower. To the modern marvels of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower and the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center. There are countless ways to take in the stunning views of this vibrant and dynamic city.

While these well-known observation decks are undoubtedly worth a visit. Don’t overlook some lesser-known spots like the Carrot Tower in Sangenjaya. These hidden gems offer unique and off-the-beaten-path ways to experience Tokyo’s skyline. They are sure to be unforgettable highlights of your trip!

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