A country of Asian colors and blooming flowering cherries. A city of anime, strange fizzy drinks, and millions of people. Yes, you are right — we are speaking here about Tokyo. And, in the same fashion as you guessed the city name at the first words in this modest description, you will fall in love with Tokyo — at first sight and totally, for evermore.
The Tokyo Metropolis is a capital of Japan which presents itself as a colossal mix of an ultramodern megapolis of cutting-edge technologies and deep historical roots of Japanese mentality. It is the place where night shadows of neon-lit tweets reflect and dance on the façades of historic temples built hundreds of years ago. This is a city of towering skyscrapers pearling through the clouds, surrounded by a hustling anthill of people moving back and forth on the busy city streets.
The skyline of Tokyo is one of the most memorable in the whole world. It is a unique combination of peaky ancient sacred buildings and modern constructions. Surely you cannot miss a chance to glimpse at this peculiar yet charming site once you come to Tokyo. And for this you need this guide of the best observation decks in Tokyo. So let’s get started.
Originally built as a tower for broadcasting radio and TV programmes, Tokyo Tower later was opened to the public and currently serves as one the tallest observation decks in whole Japan. It has two levels from where the visitors can observe the city. The first, main, observatory is located at 150 meters height and the second being one hundred meters higher. The feature of the tower is in its shape which is easily confused with the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris. It is especially tricky at night, since the Tower is shimmering with lights in the same way as its French counterpart. The Tokyo views you can see from the Main Observatory include Rainbow Bridge and Zojo-ji Temple located to the east of the Tower.
Tokyo Skytree is the highest modern construction in Japan. You have definitely seen this building before in some pictures of Tokyo or in different advertisements, as it is one of the best known landmarks of contemporary Japanese architecture. It is built itself both from outside and inside as well as it presents the general visitors with the best views of Tokyo. The major problem with accessing them is long everlasting queues of people desiring to climb it. If you want to avoid these, you have to book a tour to the top of the tour in advance or come here in the early morning. The observation deck is open for visitors from 8 a.m every day.
The World Trade Center
Being in Tokyo, you definitely want to see one important sight which is located outside of the city — it is Mount Fuji. In Tokyo there are several places that give you a view of this natural wonder, and The World Trade Center Top Observatory is one of them. The observatory is located on the 40th floor of the center at the height of 152 meters. It also offers pretty nice views on Tokyo Bay and some other highlights, including Tokyo Tower. Our advice is to visit this observatory at sunset, so if you are lucky, you could get a glimpse of Mount Fuji in the tender lights of the disappearing sun.
Fuji TV Building Observation Deck
Fuji TV corporation headquarters is an operating studio for commercial nation channels, though it also has its own observatory deck and even exhibitions and tours around the studios. Apart from other observatory places in this list, this one is for a small fee. It is, however, still worth a visit due to the unusual shape of the building itself and the panoramic view of the nearby embankment. Even if you do not climb the observatory platform, visit the building: the entrance is free, and what you can find inside is interesting to see.