The best viewpoints of Tokyo at night are found on rooftops and high vantage points scattered across right across Japan’s capital. As one of the largest metropolises in the world, Tokyo looks magnificent at night thanks to the thousands of lights that shine brightly all the way to the horizon and beyond.  

    These panoramic viewpoints can also be enjoyed during the day, but it’s best to try and time your visit around sunset, so you can enjoy the changing light.  


    Tokyo City View and Sky Deck

    Tokyo City View and Sky Deck occupy the 52nd and 54th(top) floor of Roppongi Hills. At an elevation of 250m and with little else around, the view is almost unobstructed. This is a particularly good spot to get photos of Tokyo Tower, Japan’s version of the Eiffel Tower.

    Tokyo City View is open until 1am on weekends, making this is great stop-off point on a night out in Roppongi. There's also an outdoor terrace that offers a different experience to being in the glassed-in interior. The admission fee is ¥1500 with discounts for students and children. It’s a good idea to buy your tickets in advance to skip the queue when you arrive.

    Location: Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo, 106-0032, Japan

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 11 pm (closes at 1 am on weekends)

    Phone: +81 (0)3 6406 6652


    Tokyo Metropolitan Building Observatory

    With 48 floors and measuring over 200 meters tall, the Tokyo Metropolitan Building is an impressive landmark in Shinjuku. The 2-floor observatory deck encompasses an 360 degree view of Tokyo. On a clear day, it is possible to see all the way to Mount Fuji, and, by night, it's a great place to start a night out. What's most amazing is that entrance is free! You can reach Tokyo Metropolitan Building Observatory from Tochomae Station on the Oedo Line. 

    Location: 2-8-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 163-8001, Japan

    Open: Daily from 9.30 am to 11 pm


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    Fuji TV Building Observation Deck

    This popular viewpoint in Odaiba is located on the 25th floor of the iconic, space-age Fuji television building. The Sphere Observation Deck sits at 123 meters tall, making it the highest viewpoint in the surrounding area. It costs from ¥550 to enter the observation deck. Fuji also gives tours of their studios if you wish to learn more about Japanese television.

    Location: Fuji Television Bldg.25F, 2-4-8 Daiba, Minato, Tokyo, Japan

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday 10 am to 6 pm


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    Telecom Center Observatory

    The 21st floor of the Telecom Center has an observatory that is more similar to a lounge with small tables and seats placed near the glass to make viewing more comfortable and mitigate any feelings of vertigo. Very romantic at night, it is a good place to stop in to on an intimate night out.

    The view is magnificent with landmarks like the Rainbow Bridge, Fuji Television Building, Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower all clearly visible, with the endless lights of the city shining all around.

    Location: Telecomcenter Bldg.21F, 2-5-10 Oumi, Koto, Tokyo, Japan

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 3 pm to 9 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm


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    Daikanransha Ferris Wheel

    Standing 115m tall, the huge Ferris Wheel at Palette Town is the best way to enjoy the surrounding Odaiba cityscape. From inside your capsule, views stretch all around the city and the harbor. Known in Japanese as Daikanransha, the popular family ride takes 16 minutes to complete a revolution. The Ferris Wheel is lit by 120 different lights and illuminates with 16 different light patterns.

    Location: 1-3-10 Aomi, Koto, Tokyo 135-0064, Japan

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm


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