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[Latest Edition] Marvel at the Glorious View of the Metropolis! 5 Recommended Observatories in Tokyo

In this article, you will get to know about five spots with observation platforms that treat you to the superb scenery of the big city. Read on for a wealth of information that will tempt you to check out the many observation decks in the city, including those that you can access for free and a spot where you can catch a glimpse of Japan’s iconic Mt. Fuji!

1. SHIBUYA SKY in Shibuya Scramble Square

Shibuya Scramble Square is complex that opened in November 2019. It is also home to the observation deck SHIBUYA SKY, occupying the 14th floor to the rooftop that has been attracting a lot of attention even before it was officially opened to the public. This observatory is made up of three zones: SKY GATE (14th to 45th floors) that offers an extraordinary space that will get you all excited about heading to the rooftop, SKY GALLERY (46th floor) that is an indoor observation corridor that will let you enjoy the view alongside videos, and SKY STAGE (rooftop) that is an outdoor observation area overflowing with the sense of open space.

〇Access
Directly linked to Shibuya Station
※For details, please go to the Official Homepage

〇Prices
Adults: 2,000 JPY/ Junior and senior high school students: 1,600 JPY/Elementary school students: 1,000 JPY
※Enjoy bigger discounts by booking online

1. SHIBUYA SKY in Shibuya Scramble Square

2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

2. Sky Lobby in Shibuya Hikarie

Shibuya Hikarie houses offices, commercial establishments, theaters and other cultural facilities, and now serves as the information capital that represents the Shibuya area. On the 11th floor of this complex is the observation space called Sky Lobby where you can go and gaze upon the city below for free. This observation platform is not too high up, so you will get to enjoy the Tokyo scenery up close.

〇Access
Directly linked to Shibuya Station
※For details, please go to the Official Homepage

〇Price
Free of charge

2. Sky Lobby in Shibuya Hikarie

2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

3. SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observatory in Sunshine City

Sunshine City is a massive commercial complex where you can enjoy shopping, dining and leisure activities. It is where you will find SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observatory that was designed based on the concept of an “observation deck you can interact with”. There’s an exciting VR experience using the latest technology that is waiting for you there! This observatory is also famous for the so-called Diamond Fuji (a phenomenon in which sunrise and sunset overlap at the summit of Mt. Fuji to create a view that looks like a diamond) that is only visible for a few days in a year.

〇Access
About 3- to 8-minute walk from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station or Ikebukuro Station on JR, Tokyo Metro, Seibu Line and Tobu Line
※For details, please go to the Official Homepage

〇Prices
Adults: 1,200 JPY/Students: 900 JPY/Children: 600 JPY
※ Save even more through online booking
※ Extra charge for the VR experience

3. SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observatory in Sunshine City

Sunshine 60 Bldg. 60F, Sunshine City, 3-1 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

4. Garden Stage in Shibuya PARCO

Shibuya PARCO was reopened in 2019 after renovations. With a total of 193 tenants, it has been bustling with people as the birthplace of fashion trends in the city. On the rooftop of this building, you will find Garden Stage that is complete with an event space. Spend a relaxing time while soaking in the spectacular sight of the metropolis in an expansive space outdoors that is enveloped by lush greenery.

〇Access
Approx. 5-minute walk from Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station on JR Yamanote Line
※Also accessible from other train lines

〇Price
Free of charge

4. Garden Stage in Shibuya PARCO

15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

5. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Observatories

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is responsible for the administration of Tokyo. Its building houses two observatories that offer views of the city below from a height of 202 meters: the North Observatory and the South Observatory. If you go to any of these observatories, you will enjoy a view of the cluster of skyscrapers that symbolize the landscape of the metropolis. Don’t miss the nightscape at these observatories that they claim is the most beautiful view of Tokyo.

〇Access
Approx. 10-minute walk from the West Exit of JR Shinjuku Station
※Also accessible from other train lines

〇Price
Free of charge

5. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Observatories

2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Did you find an observatory you’d want to visit? Check them out and enjoy the spectacular view of Tokyo.

*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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