Tokyo has exciting views that can only be seen in large cities. Below are 3 free observation spots where you can see 3 different faces of Tokyo at night - the sky, the ocean, and the city.
＜1＞A Dynamic View at Tokyo's Gateway to the Skies
The Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal Observation Decks have thrilling up-close views of the aircrafts on the runways. There are different views from Terminals 1 and 2. You’ll get a view of the buildings in Tokyo and Yokohama from Terminal 1, while Terminal 2 will grant you a night view of Tokyo Bay.
The blue and green guide lights look like a lighted path to the beautiful night sky. You can also feel the presence of the airplanes through the sound of the engines and the vibration of the aircrafts on the runway. There are benches, kiosks, and cafes at these observation decks, so you can relax and enjoy the view!
■Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal Observation Decks
Phone: 03-5757-8111 (General Information Center)
Hours: 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM (may change depending on weather conditions)
Parking: Approx. 9,000 spaces (starts from 150 JPY/30 minutes)
Access: Directly connected to Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport Terminal 1 Station, Haneda Airport Terminal 2 Station, and JR Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal Station
＜2＞Enjoy the Ocean Breeze and View of Tokyo Bay
The Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal at Harumi Wharf – the entryway to Tokyo from the sea – is a well-kept secret with few people because it is far from the station. If you want to enjoy a view of the ocean at night with no obstructions, it is recommended to head to the Port Plaza on the 1st floor or the Observation Deck on the 3rd floor.
You can get a lovely view of the colorful pleasure boats and ferries going back and forth by the illuminated Rainbow Bridge. There is also a 360-degree panoramic view beyond the fences from the Viewing Platform on the rooftop, so stop by there as well!
■Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal
Hours: Until March 31, 2017 (Saturday): 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, (Weekends, Public Holidays) 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
From November 1, 2017: (Weekends, Public Holidays) 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
*Varies by season
Parking: 70 spaces (400 JPY/120 minutes, etc.)
Access: 15 minutes on the bus heading to Harumi Wharf from Kachidoki Station on the Toei Subway Oedo Line. Right by the last stop.
＜3＞A Miniature Tokyo Seen from 202m Above Ground
If you take the dedicated elevators at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building to the 45th floor, you’ll find an observation deck with windows all around. There are two observation decks in the North and South, but if you want to enjoy the night view, go to the North Observation Deck that is open until late into the night.
The light through the building’s windows create mosaic patterns, and the streetlights and car lights create lines of light. These multiple layers of light are breathtakingly beautiful. There are cafes, bars, and souvenir shops in the vicinity, so you can drink and shop while enjoying the view.
■Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatories
Hours: (North Observatory) 9:30 AM - 11:00 PM
(South Observatory) 9:30 AM - 5:30 pm (last entry is 30 minutes before closing)
Closed: (North Observatory) Second and fourth Mondays of every month
(South Observatory) First and third Tuesdays of every month
*May close if the weather condition is bad
Parking: 52 spaces (150 JPY/30 minutes, etc.)
Access: 1 minute on foot from Exit A4 of Tochomae Station on the Toei Subway Oedo Line
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 10.11.2017]
*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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