Observation Decks in Tokyo Part 1 : Admission Free

Having scenic views from top of high-rise buildings is one of tourist attractions in Tokyo. In winter, we don’t have much rain and the humidity is low in Tokyo, the sky is so clear that it allows you to overlook the city into the far distance. In all seasons, it allows you to see Mount Fuji from Tokyo on clear days, however, Mount Fuji can most clearly be seen in winter, as well as looking beautiful as it is covered with white snow. From high-rise buildings in Tokyo, it is amazing to see a panoramic view of the big city, jam-packed with miniature-like houses and buildings where 13 million people are living. Needless to say, the nightscape is fantastic too.


Observation decks atop well-known high-rise buildings, such as Tokyo Tower, Sky Tree, Sunshine 60, and Yokohama Landmark Tower (in Yokohama) require an entrance fee, however, there are ones allow you viewing for free, as listed below.

Observation Decks in Tokyo | Admission Free

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building 45F (202m)

Has two observation decks; North Observatory and South Observatory. One of the most popular observation decks in Tokyo available for free, but it is always crowded.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatories

[ How to get there ]
8 min. walk from JR West Exit of Shinjuku Station
1 min. walk from Tochomae Subway Station (E28) of Oedo Subway Line
Google Maps - Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building 

[ Attractions nearby ]
Shopping and entertainment district in the east area of the Shinjuku Station) 
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden 

Bunkyo Civic Center 25F (142m)

The Bunkyo Civic Center is the ward office building of Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo. This building is not so high, but it allows you to have a wide view as there is no other high-rise building nearby. On the 25F, there is also a restaurant. 

Bunkyo Civic Center Facility Guide (PDF) 
Civic Center Information (In Japanese) 

Open: 9:00 to 20:30
Closed from 29.Dec to 3.Jan
Not available on the days the office (building) is closed 

[ How to get there ] 
1 min. walk from Kasuga Subway Station on the Toei Mita or Oedo Line. 
Google Maps - Bunkyo Civic Center 

[ Attractions nearby ] 
Tokyo Dome City (Baseball stadium, Amusement park, Onsen Spa Facility, Hotel etc.)
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
Bunkyo Furusato Rekishikan (Bunkyo Historical Museum)

Kitatopia building 17F ((88m)

The Kitatopia is the ward office building of Kita-ku, Tokyo. This building is also not so high, but it allows you to have a wide view as there is no other high building around the district. The Asukayama Park at the foot of the building is covered with Sakura flowers in spring. 

Kitatopia Information (In Japanese) 

Open : From 9:00AM to 20:00PM
Closed from 29.Dec to 3.Jan
* It is temporarily closed once a month. 

[ How to get there ] 
2 min. walk from JR Oji Station 
Google Maps – Kitatopia building 

[ Attractions nearby ] 
Asukayama Park 

Carrot Tower 26F (124m)

A commercial building located in Sangenjaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. On the 26th floor, there is a restaurant and a lobby where you can have a superb night view. 

Sky Carrot Restaurant 
http://sky-carrot.com/ (In Japanese) 

[ How to get there ] 
1 min. from Sangenjaya Station on the Setagaya-sen Line. 
Google Maps - Carrot Tower 

[ Attractions nearby ] 
Setagaya Public Theatre 

Setagaya Park (Playing field for kids)
http://www.asobi-map.com/setagaya.htm (In Japanese)

Sumida Kuyakusho 14F

This is the ward office building of Sumida-ku, Tokyo. Visitors are allowed to go up to the 14th floor where you will have a best view of Tokyo Sky Tree, the new symbol of Tokyo, towering in front of you. There is no observation deck, instead, you are to have a view from windows near the elevator hall. 

The 14th Floor of Sumiida ward office 

Open from Monday to Friday, 8:30AM to 17:00PM 

[ How to get there ] 
5 min. walk from Asakusa Station or Tobu Isesaki Line 
5 min. walk from Asakusa Subway Station Exit A5 
Google Maps - Sumida Ward Office in Asakusa 

[ Attractions nearby ] 
Asakusa Sensoji Temple 
Tokyo Sky Tree 


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