Knowing your way around Japan’s high-flying observation decks

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Knowing your way around Japan’s high-flying observation decks

by: Metropolis Magazine | .
Stripes Japan | .
published: July 14, 2016
Whether you’re showing around some friends or relatives from home, or trying to impress a date with a stellar view of the city, knowing your way around Tokyo’s high-flying observation decks is a good piece of info to have in your back pocket.
 
Tokyo Tower
 
Location: Central Tokyo
Nearest station/line: Akabanebashi/Oedo line, K a.m.iyacho/Hibiya line, Onarimon/Mita line, Daimon/Asakusa line, Hamamatsucho/JR Yamanote or Keihin-Tohoku/Tokyo Monorail
Hours: Main Observatory 9 a.m.-10 p.m., last entrance 9:45 p.m.; Special Observatory 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m., last entrance 9 p.m.
Entry: Main Observatory ¥820; Main Observatory and Special Observatory ¥1,420
Observation deck height: Main Observatory 145/150m; Special Observatory 250m
Glass floor: Yes
Entertainment: Yes.
Food/drink: Yes.
Special notes: Special Observatory elevator closed during inclement weather.
 
 
Tokyo Skytree
 
Location: Sumida
Nearest station/line: Tokyo Skytree/Tobu Skytree line, Oshiage (Skytree)/Asakusa line, Tobu Skytree line, Hanzomon line, Narita SKY ACCESS Keisei line
Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Entry: Tembo Deck day ticket (no assigned time) ¥2,060, day and time assigned, advanced purchase ¥2,570; Tembo Galleria tickets purchased on the day ¥1,030
Observation deck height: Tembo Deck 350m (340F, 345F and 350F); Tembo Galleria 450m (445F and 450F)
Glass floor: Yes (Tembo Deck, 340F)
Entertainment: Not in the tower itself, but Tokyo Skytree is part of a shopping and entertainment area
Food/drink: Yes (Skytree Cafe, the Sky Restaurant 634, The Skytree Shop)
 
Mori Tower Tokyo City View and Sky Deck
 
Location: Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
Nearest station/line: Roppongi/Oedo, Hibiya line; Nogizaka/Chiyoda line
Hours: Tokyo City View Fri, Sat, the day before holidays 10 a.m.-1 a.m., last entrance 12 a.m. (midnight); Mon-Thur and Sun 10 a.m.-11 p.m., last entrance 10:30 p.m.. Sky Deck 10 a.m.-8 p.m., last entrance 7:30 p.m.. Subject to seasonal changes.
Entry: ¥1500 for Tokyo City View, plus ¥300 for Sky Deck; advance tickets ¥1200, plus ¥300 for Sky Deck Tickets available at conbini and Ticket Pia counters (Japanese link).
Observation deck height: “Tokyo City View” 250m; “Sky Deck” 270m
Entertainment/events: Yes. Occasional events, plus Mori Art Museum
Food/drink: Yes. “Tokyo City View” Sunset Cafe and Museum Cafe/Mado Lounge
Special notes: January 2015-April 25, 2015, Tokyo City View and Sky Deck will be closed for renovations; Sky Deck: personal belongings not recommended due to strong winds, subject to closure during inclement weather. Special deals available.
 
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Deck
 
Location: Nishi-Shinjuku
Nearest station/line:Tochomae/Oedo line; Shinjuku/JR lines, Keio, Odakyu, various subway lines
Hours: South Observation Deck 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., last entrance 5 p.m. (until 11 p.m., last entrance 10:30 p.m., on the 2nd and 4th Mon of each month); North Observation Deck 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m., last entrance 10:30 p.m.
Entry: Free
Observation deck height: 202m
Food/drink: Yes. South Observatory – cafe; North Observatory – cafe and bar
Special notes: Designed to look like a computer chip. Really. Regular closures – 1st and 3rd Tue of the month (South Observation Deck); 2nd and 4th Mon of the month (North Observation Deck).
 
World Trade Center Building/Sekai Boeki Center Building
 
Location: Hamamatsucho, Minato-ku
Nearest station/line:
Hamamatsucho/JR Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku line, Tokyo Monorail; Daimon/Asakusa line, Oedo line
Hours: 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., last entrance 8 p.m.
Entry: ¥620
Observation deck height: 152m
Entertainment: Art gallery on 14F
Food/drink: On lower floors.
Special notes: Hours are shortened on certain event dates.
 
Bunkyo Civic Center Tembo Lounge
 
Location: Bunkyo-ku
Nearest station/line: Korakuen/Namboku, Marunouchi; Kasuga/Oedo, Mita line
Hours: 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Entry: Free
Observation deck height: 105m
Entertainment: No, but located near Tokyo Dome.
Food/drink: Yes. Civic Sky Restaurant Chinzanso (25F, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.)
 
Carrot Tower
 
Location: Sangenjaya, Setagaya-ku
Nearest station/line: Sangenjaya/Tokyu Setagaya line, Denentoshi line
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Entry: Free
Observation deck height: ~124m
Entertainment: On lower floors.
Food/drink: Yes. Restaurant Skycarrot, 26F
Special notes: Named by children…
 
Yokohama Landmark Tower Sky Garden
 
Location: Minato-Mirai, Yokohama
Nearest station/line: Minato-Mirai/Minato-Mirai line
Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; till 10 p.m. on Sat and summer holidays, last entrance is 30min before closing
Entry: ¥1,000
Observation deck height: 273m/69F
Entertainment: On lower floors.
Food/drink: On lower floors. Cafe Flora (B1, BYO wine ok) is in cahoots with Sky Garden with the 360 View Pack.
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