Tokyo from the heights

More than 40 million people live in Tokyo. This incredible number has a direct effect on what you see and how you see it in this fantastic city. There are some things you must do in Tokyo: visit the Tsukiji Fish Market, walk around the streets in Shibuya, Shinjuku and Akihabara, eat sushi, sing in a Karaoke, etc. And one of the things you cannot miss is Tokyo from the heights. There are many buildings you can use as viewpoints. Some of them are free, others not. However, choosing the best options is not easy.

Laura in the observatory deck at Dentsu Building

Dentsu Building (Free)

From this building you will have the best views of the Tsukiji Market and the Odaiba Island for free. It is the eleventh tallest building in Tokyo with its 213.24 metres high. It was designed by the architect Jean Nouvel and was completed in 2002. It has a total of 48 floors and the observatories are on the 46th and 47th floors. Our recommendation is to go to this observatory with day light.

In the lift. Looking at Ginza quarter and its monorail

Roppongi Hills – Mori Tower (2,300 yen)

This is the best observatory to enjoy the views of the Tokyo Tower. It is one of the tallest buildings in the city (238 metres) and you can reach the top of it, with no roof. This means you can take some of the best photos of Tokyo without a window between you and the city.

From Roppongi looking at Tokyo Skytree through Ginza quarter

We recommend this observatory at night or in the sunset. Watching the Tokyo Tower with its red lights and all the skyscrapers from Ginza is a unique experience in a lifetime.

Roppongi views
Tokyo Tower from Roppongi Observatory Deck at 238 metres.

Tokyo Skytree (4,000 yen)

The tallest tower in the world with its 634 metres is impossible to miss in your visit to Tokyo. It is the second tallest artificial structure in the world after Burj Khalifa in Dubai. If the day is sunny we recommend to climb it during the day.

Tokyo Skytree

There are two decks and it is worth it to go to the highest one, which has a spiral structure that allows you to walk around the tower while reaching the top. The views are just amazing, buildings everywhere until the horizon. Without any doubt this is the best place to make you realize about the size of Tokyo.

Infinite Tokyo from Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Metropolitan Government building (Free)

In Shinjuku quarter you can visit this free viewpoint. It is not the most spectacular but it is free and it has one of the best views of Mount Fuji. Unfortunately it was raining when we were there. It is the second tallest building in Tokyo (243 metres) but its observatory is at 202 metres.

Laura at the observatory deck in the Metropolitan Government building
Two Traveling Texans


32 thoughts on “Tokyo from the heights

  1. The highest I’ve been is the Tokyo Tower. I would have loved to go up the Skytree, but it wouldn’t open until a few weeks after we left. I really like the view you show form Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. I can’t wait to return to Tokyo someday and try out your suggestions.

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  2. I always look for a place to see from above a city I’m visiting for the first time. Should I visit Tokyo, I’ll probably head to Roppongi Observatory Deck on the first night πŸ˜€ #TheWeeklyPostcard

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  3. Even though I don’t like heights, going to observatory decks is one of my favourite things to do in a new city – it’s such an awesome way to literally, see it all! I have always wanted to go to Tokyo and when I get there, I have the Skytree in my sights!

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