Tokyo has some great spots where you can enjoy some fantastic night scenery. Here, we are going to introduce our top five night views in Tokyo.
1. Observation Room of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is open to the public. Access to the Observation Room is free, and the view of Tokyo from 202m is perfect for dates. From the window, you can see both Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree in one view, so after sightseeing around the city, why not come here and see all the places you visited from a different perspective while remembering the good times?
The night view is fantastic, but the view during daytime also has its own charms, and on clear days, you can even see Mt. Fuji, so why not come both during the day and at night and compare the view? The Observation Room also has a very useful map that shows you which buildings you can see from the window. Try to find buildings you like!
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building also has a tour that you can take without need to book, so if you’re visiting the Observation Room, why not join the tour as well and learn more about Tokyo?
2. The Roppongi Hills Sky Deck
From the Roppongi Hills observation deck, known as the Tokyo City View, you can enjoy a view of Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree and other Tokyo landmarks. As there aren’t many high buildings around, you can enjoy an unbroken view of the Tokyo night sky. The view of the city from the large 360 degree window is breathtaking. But that isn’t all. Roppongi Hills has an even higher outdoor deck, called the Sky Deck, which is accessible if the weather permits. From here, you can enjoy not only the night view of the capital, but the starry sky as you feel the wind on your face.
The fourth Friday of every month is the Roppongi Astronomy Club Day, where events are held introducing the latest news about astronomy, giving commentary on the stars in the sky, and star-gazing. If you’re a fan of watching the starry sky, this is one event we really recommend you take part in.
3. The Observation Lounge of the Bunkyo Civic Center
The Bunkyo Ward Office has an observation lounge on the 25th floor which is open for free to the public. At a height of 142m, it is the highest out of all the ward offices in the metropolis, and is a great place to view the night scenery of the city.
From the windows, you can see a night view of the buildings in the direction of Shinjuku and Ikebukuro. There aren’t many tall buildings surrounding the ward office, so you can enjoy a clear view of the city.
In order to reduce the reflection of light from inside the room, the window glass is tilted at an angle, and the lights a lowered, which makes the place perfect for viewing the night sky. There are tables by the windows that you can lean up against while you enjoy the view. On clear days, you can see Mt. Fuji to the west, and the beautiful evening view is very popular, so if you are looking to come, you should come before sundown to avoid the crowds.
4. The Seaside Top of the World Trade Center Building
From the Seaside Top of the World Trade Center Building, you can enjoy an unbroken 360 degree view of the Tokyo night sky from a height of 152m. You can see a lot of Tokyo’s famous spots from the sky, including Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree, Odaiba, and Tokyo Bay. Out of these, the view of Tokyo Tower is spectacular, and has been selected a number of times in the top 100 night scenes of Japan. Coming to the building in the evening just in time to watch Tokyo Tower as its lights are turned on is really something special.
The darkened observation deck has benches, so you can take a seat and relax as you enjoy the beautiful night scenery. You can also bring tripods onto the observation deck, which we really recommend if you are a fan of photography. You are sure to be able to get some great shots here.
The World Trade Center Building is connected directly to JR Hamamatsucho Station, so it’s easy to reach even if it is your first time to the building.
5. The KITTE Rooftop Garden
KITTE is a commercial facility built on the site of the old Tokyo Central Post Office. The garden on the rooftop of the six floor building is open to the public with no admission fees, so anyone can come and enjoy the night view. It is a great spot to see the lit-up Tokyo Station Building and the trains as they pass through Tokyo Station. There are a lot of offices surrounding the building, so rather than visiting on days off, we recommend coming at night on weekdays. The building is open until 11:00 pm on weekdays and 10:00 pm on weekends, but the Tokyo Station Building is lit up until 9:00 pm so be careful you don’t miss it.
The garden itself has grass and is kept beautifully, and a great place to enjoy a stroll while taking in the spectacular night sky. It has a great atmosphere, and is a popular spot for couples.
KITTE is very close to Tokyo Station, and there are lots of shops nearby, so if you’re looking to have a meal or go shopping as well, this is a great place to come.
Tokyo has a number of beautiful night spots. By viewing it from a different height and position, the impression of a place can completely change. If you ever have a chance to come to Tokyo, why not try and find your own favorite night spot?
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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