Free, the word being avoided by nobody is prioritized more when traveling. Speaking of traveling, when you visit Tokyo, one of the biggest cities surrounded by skyscrapers, you would likely to feel to go up and as high as possible to grasp and say “wow… how tiny the world is.” by looking down. Not only you can see the whole view of the concrete jungle, but also you can find many unique architected buildings and towers such as Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree. However, naturally and needless to say, you climb up to Tokyo Tower and you cannot see the Tokyo Tower. Or, have you ever checked the entrance fee of Tokyo Skytree? Which is not so much wallet-friendly and a long line-up may be needed. To see both great day and night view of Tokyo conveniently and reasonably, here are some office buildings that you can enter their observation deck by free!
Surrounded by several restaurants, the very calm observation deck shows the view from other buildings of West Shinjuku, to residential areas of western Tokyo such as Nakano and Tama. In the sunny winter, when the air is crisp and clear, you can see the Mt. Fuji on the left side.
Use the elevator which indicates going to 49th and 50th floors, and gets off 50th, the top floor height of 200m above ground level. Note that using the tripod is not allowed.
Address; 1-26-2, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 163-0590
Hours; 7 a.m. to 0 a.m. (weekdays), 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. (weekends)
Two observatories located on North and South, show the mostly same view, so choose the one you prefer. Those two are connected on only the main floor, so if you want to visit both, you need to go back to the main floor and change the elevator to get to another. However, note that the South will be closed due to the construction starting 1st September 2018 until the spring of 2019. After the quick security baggage check, take the dedicated “Observatories Elevator” from the first floor of No.1 Building to climb up to the 45th floor, a height of 202m above ground level.
From Tokyo Tower to Tokyo Skytree, Roppongi to Mt. Fuji, you can cover almost all of the landmarks of Tokyo.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government provides the app Tokyo Sky Guide which helps you to observe by several languages. Download it beforehand, and scan the code and you will get the information. Using the tripod is not allowed.
Address; 2-8-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, 163-8001
North Observatory; 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (last entrance at 10:30 p.m.)
Closed on the second and fourth Monday of every month
South Observatory; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (last entrance at 5 p.m.)
Closed on the first and third Tuesday of every month
Honestly, it’s not really an observatory, but still, you can see the city view, especially the best spot to see the whole view of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Use the Sky Elevator which directly takes you to the 29th floor. Note that 30th floor is just the conference hall and no observation deck. Some restaurants have seats with a great view, good for the special dinner with your loved ones!
For your information, the building itself is very beautiful and worth to take a picture of the ceiling on the first floor.
Address; 2-4-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, 163-0813
Hours; Open hours are depending on each restaurant (mostly opens at midnight)
Very sadly, a few observatories around Shinjuku have been closed.
In case you have found those of buildings’ name on the internet and planned to go,
and here’s a list of closed buildings as of August 2018.
Shinjuku Sumitomo Building
Shinjuku Center Building
After being charmed by the city light on the night sky, let’s go back to your hotel and rest up for tomorrow.
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