One of the charms of Tokyo city is that it offers beautiful night views. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best night view spots, from the standard to the hidden spots, that you should visit at least once when you come to Tokyo.
(As of September 2016)
Tokyo Tower Special Observatory
Tokyo Tower has two observation decks: the Main Observatory, which is 150 meters high, and the Special Observatory, which is 250 meters high. If you have a chance to see the night view from Tokyo Tower, be sure to go up to the Special Observatory. At night, the LEDs embedded under the windows flicker in blue, red, and green, creating a space that evokes images of the future and the feeling of floating in space. The night view below is also breathtaking, creating a special atmosphere.
Opening hours: 9:00 - 23:00 (last admission at 22:30)
Access: 5-minute walk from Akabanebashi Station (Toei Oedo Line), a 6-minute walk from Onarimon Station (Toei Mita Line)
Fee: Main Observatory 900 yen + Special Observatory 700 yen (total 1,600 yen)
Roppongi Hills Sky Deck
On the rooftop of the 54-story Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, which is 270 meters above sea level, there is a sky deck, which is an open-air observation corridor. The night view from the indoor observation facility Sky Gallery on the 52nd floor is wonderful, but the openness of the sky deck where you can directly feel the air of the skyscrapers in the city center is exceptional. The Sky Deck is a space that was not originally intended to be open to the general public, and is equipped with an emergency heliport and a boardwalk that surrounds it and has a circumference of about 135 meters. When you come here, don't forget to look up at the stars on the ground as well as the scenery on the ground.
Opening hours: 11:00 - 20:00 (last admission 19:30)
Access: 0-minute walk from Roppongi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (direct connection)
Fee: 1,800 yen (regular fee) + additional 500 yen for Sky Deck (total 2,300 yen)
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building observation room
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building has two observation rooms, the South Observation Deck and the North Observation Deck, located on the 45th floor of the upper part of the building, which is divided like twin towers. The South Observation Deck is basically only open until 5:30 p.m., so be careful. The North Observation Deck is the only one that can be used at night. From the North Observation Deck, you can see Tokyo Tower, Shinjuku Park Tower, Tokyo Opera City, and Tokyo Sky Tree. Admission is free, so it's a great place to visit when you're in the Shinjuku skyscraper district. There is also a restaurant in the observation deck and a souvenir shop where you can buy souvenirs.
Opening hours: 9:30 - 23:00 (last admission 22:30)
Access: 10 minutes walk from JR Shinjuku Station West Exit
Jonanjima Seaside Park
This spot is highly regarded among night view fans as a place where you can enjoy the night view of planes arriving at and departing from Haneda Airport, Odaiba, the Tokyo Gate Bridge, and Tokyo Tower. Jonanjima Seaside Park is crowded with people enjoying the camping and barbecue facilities during the day, but not many people visit at night, so you can relax and enjoy the night view. There are two directions, one from which you can see Haneda Airport and the other from which you can see Odaiba, and it is recommended to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the scenery. It is a great seaside night view spot for couples to make a nice date.
Access: From "Omorikaigan Station" on the Keikyu Line, get off at "Jonanjima 4-chome" on Keikyu Bus Mori Line 32 (Jonanjima Circulation) and walk for 3 minutes.
Sunset Hill (Yuhi no oka)
Yuhi no Oka in Seiseki Sakuragaoka is a well-known night view spot that has appeared in the anime "Mimi wo Sumemeba" (Whisper of the Heart) and the drama "Saigo no Yakusoku" (The Last Promise) starring the idol group Arashi. As the name suggests, it is located on top of a small hill and offers an unobstructed 360-degree panoramic night view that extends far into the distance. The view of the residential area at your feet, the tower apartments, the Tama River, the Keio Line, and the Chuo Expressway is a sight that only the suburbs of Tokyo can offer. In the distance, the Chichibu Mountains and the Akagi Mountains also loom in the distance. The well-maintained lawn and grassy slopes are another reason for its popularity.
Access: 20 minutes walk from the Seiseki Sakuragaoka Station on the Keio Line, or 5 minutes walk from Memorial Hall-mae (Kinenkan-mae) bus stop on the Sakura 06 line from Seiseki Sakuragaoka Station on the Keio Bus Line.
When you visit Tokyo, why don't you tour these night view spots? You will be able to see the beautiful night scenery of Tokyo, which is different from the daytime.
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