Tokyo is a sprawling metropolis with many mesmerizing skyscrapers and landmark buildings. With so much to see, it can be hard to get the full picture of this incredible city without going up high! Fortunately, Tokyo has some of the best observation decks in the world that give you breathtaking views of its urban sprawl below.

From one of the tallest towers in the world at 634 meters tall – The Tokyo Skytree – all the way down to 202 meter-high observatories inside shopping malls, there’s something for everyone here! Read on as we explore 10 must-see observation decks located around Tokyo offering stunning panoramic views from dizzying heights above.

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree white coler inspired by the lightest shade of traditional indigo dying
Tokyo Skytree white color inspired by the lightest shade of traditional indigo dying

The most iconic of all observation decks in Tokyo is the Tokyo Skytree, standing at a whopping 634 meters tall and making it the tallest tower and second-tallest structure in the world! Located in Sumida, visitors can take an elevator up to one of its two observation decks: Tembo Deck at 350 meters or Tembo Galleria at 450 meters high. From these dizzying heights, you will have a stunning panoramic view of Tokyo’s urban sprawl below. Various restaurants are also available for those looking for something to eat while enjoying their stay here.

Roppongi Hills Mori Tower

This 54-story skyscraper houses Roppongi Hills Mori Tower’s observatory deck with 360-degree views from 202m above ground level across central Tokyo’s skyline that stretches out as far as Mount Fuji on clear days! Visitors should expect some waiting time due to security checks before they reach this spectacular attraction, but once inside they will be rewarded by interactive touch displays giving info about what lies beneath them along with binoculars that provide more detailed sightings of famous landmarks like Meiji Shrine and Shibuya Scramble Crossing.

Shibuya Sky

Shibuya Sky Observation Deck

Shibuya Sky is the latest addition to Tokyo’s observation decks and is located on top of the newly constructed Shibuya Scramble Square building, at a height of 230 meters above ground level! Visitors can enjoy an uninterrupted view of the bustling cityscape below while also admiring iconic landmarks such as Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine in the distance. The observation deck also has interactive touch displays which provide interesting facts about what lies beneath them along with telescopes for those wanting a closer look at their surroundings – making this one spot not to be missed when visiting Tokyo for its incredible views!

Government Metropolitan Building Observatory

metropolitan government building Shinjuku
metropolitan government building Shinjuku

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building houses two free observation decks located on its 45th floor, each offering spectacular views across central and western Tokyo respectively that span as far out as Mount Fuji – all without any admission fee at all!

The building is quite tall so you have to take the elevator up you can enjoy picturesque scenes of the city skyline during both day and night times while learning interesting facts about what lies beneath them with interactive touch displays.

SKY CIRCUS Sunshine Observation Deck

SKY CIRCUS Sunshine Observation Deck
SKY CIRCUS Sunshine Observation Deck

Sunshine City Alpa Observatory offers one of the best observation decks around! Located on top of a mall in Ikebukuro, guests will be able to admire stunning views spanning central Tokyo from its 70th-floor indoor observatory deck located 250 meters above ground level. The glass walls allow for uninterrupted sightlines while giving you plenty of interesting things to explore including shops and restaurants nearby when done taking photos or viewing cityscapes!

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower

The iconic red-and-white tower standing tall at 333 meters is none other than Tokyo Tower Main Deck – popular amongst tourists all over the world who come here just for its unbeatable view looking out over bustling streets below filled with neon lights at night time! It’s the perfect place to take photos of the cityscape or simply admire its beauty from up above. It also has a “look-out” room where you can peek through windows for an even more breathtaking view.

World Trade Center Building Observatory

The World Trade Center Building Observatory, located in Hamamatsucho offers panoramic views of Tokyo from its rooftop observatory which stands at 152 meters above the ground. Visitors can get an idea of what lies beneath them with interactive maps and touch displays while admiring the cityscape before them – all for free!

Shinjuku Sumitomo Building Sky Lounge

The Shinjuku Sumitomo Building Sky Lounge is a great spot to take photos or simply admire the view since it’s open to public access every day and has no admission fee either. Located on top of this skyscraper, visitors will be able to enjoy stunning views stretching out as far as Mount Fuji on clear days while sipping beverages or snacking away if they choose too with their cafe-style menu options available here.

Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel

New York Bar Lost in translation bar Shinjuku
New York Bar Lost in translation bar Shinjuku

Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel’s New York Bar & Grill is not an observation deck but does have one of the best and most stylish views around due to its 51st-floor location that provides guests with breathtaking nighttime vistas looking out over the sprawling metropolis below!

This spot, made famous by the cult classic Lost In Translation also features live jazz music performances making it even more special for those who love some tunes along with their drinks.

Which Of Tokyo’s World Class Observation Decks Will You Visit?

With so many observation decks in Tokyo, one could never be bored of taking in the view from above! Each spot offers its own unique experience and sights to behold. Whether you are looking for a place to take pictures or just want to enjoy breathtaking views while sipping on your favorite beverage, Tokyo has something for everyone when it comes to observing this amazing cityscape from high up in the sky.

From iconic towers like Tokyo Skytree and Roppongi Hills Mori Tower that offer 360-degree panoramic views across central Tokyo’s skyline; all the way down to free public access spots like Shinjuku Sumitomo Building Sky Lounge and World Trade Center Observation Deck – there is no doubt that anyone who visits will leave with unforgettable memories of what they saw during their stay in Tokyo.

Tokyo Trip Checklist

  • To make sure you have all the important things covered see my first-time-in-Tokyo guide
  • Get your 1,2 or 3-day Tokyo Unlimited Subway Pass to easily get around Tokyo
  • If you want to travel on bullet trains you can save big with a Japan Rail Pass. Here’s why is worth it.
  • You’ll need a prepaid sim or Portable WIFI to stay connected in Tokyo.
  • Check out my detailed Tokyo packing list to make sure you’re prepared.
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