3 Fantastic Hot Spots to Soak in the Finest Views of Tokyo Even on a Budget!

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  • Seeing anything from the top has the tendency to put certain aspects of life into perspective. Seeing Tokyo from the top is an experience that is difficult to describe until you have experienced it for yourself! Check out which of these 3 viewing hot spots provide the best views of Tokyo!

    Roppongi Hills Mori Tower

    This is one of the most accessible venues especially from the Shibuya, Ginza, and Roppongi areas. Not only are there unobstructed views of the Tokyo Bay area and Tokyo Tower but you also get the opportunity to check out the museum in a single visit! In addition, there are also great views of the iconic Mount Fuji on a clear day.

    The tower’s sky deck is a great place for photos as there is no need to worry about avoiding the reflection from the glass. However, only cameras and smartphones are allowed on this level. Lockers are also available to store your belongings and if the weather plays nicely, it will surely be an unforgettable experience.

    However, please note that the queues do tend to be long but not quite as long the Tokyo Skytree! However, if you plan on visiting more than once, it pays to join the annual membership program (6000 yen) to Mori Museum which allows members to use the speed lane. It also allows free unlimited admission to the sky deck. Otherwise, standard charges will apply to visit the sky deck without the member’s pass.

    With fewer crowds and great views at the top, this is the perfect place to soak in the views of Tokyo. Also, winter is the best time for the clearest views but be sure to dress warm!

    Roppongi Hills Website

    Tokyo Skytree

    Since the Tokyo Skytree is fairly new and provides the highest views of Tokyo, be prepared for long queues. However, one way to skip the queue is to make a reservation at the restaurant. As you may expect, the restaurant is very popular so making a reservation well in advance is recommended – perhaps even before you leave your home country! Reservations can also be made online.

    The food is delicious and considered the best of these 3 towers. As mentioned earlier, it’s very crowded which can sometimes make it hard to wander around freely to enjoy the view. However, at the base of the tower, there is a great array of shops selling various souvenirs and plenty of other fun activities for children to enjoy which can make it an exciting day out for families with young children. Check out prices here!

    Tokyo Skytree Website

    Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Deck

    Entry is free here, so I tend to visit when everything else is closed, like early in the morning on New Year’s Day! What better way to see in the new year than from the top of Tokyo?

    Sunsets from here are also considered some of the best in Tokyo that offers a great view of Mount Fuji. Experience the hustle and bustle of Shinjuku and visit the two towers which both offer great views of Tokyo, as well as a bite to eat or coffee pit stop.

    Metro Tokyo Website

    So there you have it, personal experiences from the top 3 towers of Tokyo! What do you think? Depending on time and budget, I’d suggest Skytree if you’re traveling as a family with young children, Mori Tower Sky Deck for couples or single travelers, and last but not least, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings Observation Towers for those that would prefer a budget-friendly option. Enjoy the best views of Tokyo!

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