There are several observatories in Tokyo for viewing the skyline of the city. The one that’s been on my list for the past 5 years was Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills, located on top on the Mori Tower. The internet says that it’s arguably the place to be if you want to see the Tokyo skyline — the observatory is high enough and lets you have a 360° view of the city.
I’ve been to Roppongi Hills so many times, but never made it to the observatory. So happy that after all these years, I made it here!
I arrived at and bought my ticket just before sunset. That’s what I wanted to witness, the view of sunset. On normal days I bring my compact camera, but today, I brought that and my DSLR.
At Roppongi Hills, you can view the city skyline at the Tokyo City View, the observatory, at the same time you can also opt for the Skydeck to see the city’s skyline in open air, on the rooftop!
What’s there at Tokyo City View?
So I went round the observatory. It’s not as busy as let’s say, Tokyo Tower, which is good.
What makes this place different than the ones I’ve been so far, is it’s not as central i.e. not located where the skyscrapers are and the observatory is higher than most (it’s on top of a hill anyway), so my view of the city wasn’t obstructed.
The observation deck looks like this to make your viewing experience awesome:
The best part of the observatory is definitely the corner that gave me the view of the Tokyo Tower. Got a seat at one of the benches facing it directly and stayed there until dark (no time constraints at all!), just observing how the Tokyo Tower and the city slowly lit up during sunset and appreciating the view.
Man, I could stay there all day long.
The view is cantik, no doubt about it. So much love for this city!
If you’re short of time and could only go to one place to view the city skyline, you might want to consider this place, although it’s relatively more expensive than other observatories. Go there before sunset just like me, so you can see the view during the day, sunset and at night.
Go to the Roppongi station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and take the Roppongi Hills exit. From there on, you’d be able to see signs leading you to the entrance for the Tokyo City View/Skydeck.
- Generally from 10:00 to 23:00
- Longer hours on Friday, Saturday & the night before a holiday from 10:00 to 25:00
- ¥1500 for Tokyo City View
- ¥500 add-on for the Skydeck (… but it closes if weather isn’t good)
Read more about the Tokyo City View.