Roppongi Hills is a mecca for shopping and the latest pop-ups. From high-end shops to world renown chefs, there is definitely something for everyone here. For those familiar with the Sky Deck attraction – on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills, one knows of the panoramic 360-degree views that have housed multiple exhibits from Star Wars (think Darth Vader photo op in the sky) to Naruto. Luckily it comes alive for the upcoming holidays with their Starry Sky Illumination event.
From November 7th to December 25th, 2015, the Sky Deck is transformed to a 360-degree planetarium, complete with a starry illumination usually hard to see in a big city like Tokyo with all its bright lights and nighttime action. Named appropriately “the Galactic Promenade”, the exhibit projects stars on the ceilings and walls providing an unbelievable intergalactic experience.
The brainchild of Takayuki Ohira, a Kawasaki native and local Tokyo University professor (not to mention Japan Innovator Grand Prix award winner), is an amazingly immersive experience as one really feels as if you’re in the midst of the Milky Way. It is even interactive with a “star touch panel theater” that allows you to use your cellular phone to control the stars by using the latest in project mapping technology designed by Mr. Ohira. This whole star projection system, combined with the amazing views of Tokyo from the observation is definitely something to experience.
The event opens from 10 am – 11 pm (1 am on Saturdays), although, I recommend going at night time as it provides the panoramic Tokyo views as a bonus. Specifically from 7 pm to 9 pm when stargazing events occur on the open-air Sky Deck itself. Cost is approximately 2000 yen per adult. The Sun Cafe even provides a starry themed culinary menu as well.
So for any astronomy buffs or if you’re just wanting a romantic view and a stargazing treat, don’t miss out on this amazing experience! See you there!
For more information, check out this website.
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