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Bunkyo Civic Center Observation Deck - Attraction: Korakuen
[Open 9am-8:30pm daily.]
Looking very much like a gigantic Pez dispenser, the Bunkyo Civic Center Building, just north of Tokyo Dome City, is one of a handful of Tokyo skyscrapers offering a free observation deck. The 25th-floor deck boasts a 330-degree panoramic view of...
Mori Art Museum - Art museum: Roppongi
[Open 10am-10pm (Tue -5pm). Open every day.]
Here on the 53rd floor of the Mori Tower, museum visitors can enjoy an impressive panoramic view of the city after seeing an exhibition. The space itself is relatively large for Tokyo, and exhibitions are well curated, often featuring Asian as well...
Seaside Top - Attraction: Hamamatsucho
[Open 10am-8:30pm daily.]
With its prime location looking out over Tokyo Bay, the Odaiba area and the towers of Shiodome, this 40th-floor observation deck offers some unique views of Tokyo. One of Tokyo's oldest observation decks, it's not as popular with tourists as newer...
TwentyEight - Bar: Shiodome
[Open 9am-midnight daily.]
Located in the lobby of the Conrad Hotel, TwentyEight is an oasis of muted monochromes with discrete edges. The bar's sleek design displays a tight graphic crispness, while linen shades and leather upholstery in cream and brown impart a contrasting...

Observation decks

Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center - Event space: Asakusa
[Open 9am-8pm (rooftop and cafe -10pm) daily.]
Rising from a relatively narrow (326-square-meter) plot, the seven-story structure is fashioned as a series of irregular horizontal planes stacked precariously on top of each other, with several of the levels bounded by distinctive-looking walls of...
Fuji Television Headquarters Building - Attraction: Daiba
[Open 10am-6pm. Closed Mondays.]
Designed by architect Kenzo Tange, the Fuji TV building has become a landmark of the Odaiba area thanks to its unusual silhouette. The giant floating ball is set at a height of around 100 meters, and it houses a small observation deck offering an...
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building - Attraction: Nishi-Shinjuku
[Open 9:30am-11pm daily.]
Tokyo's city hall building features not one but two free observation decks from which to enjoy a sweeping view of the city and surroundings. On a clear day you can see Mount Fuji, but the view at dusk or nighttime is more entertaining, as the...
Tokyo Skytree - Attraction: Oshiage
[Open 8am-10pm daily.]
The world's highest free-standing broadcast tower, Skytree stands 634 meters tall and has two observation decks, situated at 350 meters and 450 meters. A restaurant, cafe and souvenir shop are located on the lower deck. The tower is at the center...
Tokyo Tower - Attraction: Akabanebashi
[Open 9am-10pm (enter by 9:30) daily.]
Similar in appearance and a few meters taller than the Eiffel Tower, Tokyo Tower stands at 333m, with observation decks at 150m and 250m which you can reach by elevator or via a long climb up the exterior staircase. Dusk or early evening is the...
Two Rooms Bar - Bar: Omotesando
[Open 11:30am-2am daily.]
Although it's only located on the fifth-floor level, the big outdoor terrace at Two Rooms offers a lovely unobstructed view north looking out over Harajuku, with the skyscrapers of Shinjuku in the distance. Choose from well-made cocktails or any of...

Bars and cafes

Bar Six - Bar: Asakusa
[Open 6pm-2am. Closed Mondays.]
Located at the top of the very cultural Amuse Museum, Bar Six offers a nice evening view of the illuminated pagoda and temple buildings of nearby Sensoji Temple. Weather permitting, the outdoor terrace seats offer...
Mandarin Bar - Bar: Nihonbashi
[Open 11:30am-midnight daily.]
Sumptuous is the word for the Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Nihonbashi. The interior by Ryu Kosaka, with richly tactile accents by textile designer Reiko Sudo, is chic and inviting, dominated by seductive earth tones. The scale of...
Mixx Bar - Bar: Tameike
[Open 11:30am-1am daily.]
Mixx Bar takes advantage of its location on the 36th floor of the ANA Intercontinental Hotel to offer cinematic views of the city. The black-and-white modern interior, with its boxy floating lanterns and shiny-topped tables, recalls the Gotham City...
Peak Lounge & Bar - Cafe: Nishi-Shinjuku
[Open 11am-10:30pm daily.]
Enjoy chic cocktails in a bamboo grove high in the sky at the Park Hyatt's internationally famous bar and lounge. More casual than the Park Hyatt's New York Bar, the Peak Lounge also serves afternoon tea, desserts and light snacks. Cocktails start...
Peter: The Bar - Bar: Yurakucho
[Open 5pm-midnight daily.]
The experience of walking into the bar at Peter, the Peninsula's much talked-about fusion restaurant, defies expectation. Design team Yabu Pushelberg has created a 21st-century fantasy of the '80s, a post-modern atmosphere filled with shiny surfaces...
Ritz-Carlton - Bar: Roppongi
[Open 2:30pm-midnight daily.]
Perched high above the city on the 45th floor of Tokyo Midtown's Ritz Carlton Hotel, the Lobby Bar overlooks Tokyo Tower and the surrounding area. Nestled in overstuffed chairs with pillows covered in candy-colored pastel silk, visitors can enjoy...

Other venues

Daikanransha - Attraction: Aomi
[Open 10am-10pm (Fri, Sat -11pm). Open every day.]
AKA the "Giant Sky Wheel," this 115-meter-high ferris wheel in located in the Palette Town shopping complex in Aomi, in the middle of Tokyo Bay. During the sixteen-minute ride it offers great views looking out over central Tokyo, Boso Peninsula and...
Excel Air Service Helicopter Tour - Attraction: Maihama
[Open telephone hours: 10am-7pm (weekends -5pm). Open every day.]
Leaving from Urayasu Heliport near Tokyo Disney Resort, Excel Air Service offers helicopter tours of Tokyo both day and night. Each ride lasts around 15 or 20 minutes, with fees ranging from Y9,800 to Y18,000 per person, depending on the type of...

Outside Tokyo

Yokohama Cosmoworld - Amusement park: Yokohama Minato-mirai
[Open 11am-9pm. Closed Thursdays.]
The giant ferris wheel, 112 meters in height with a capacity of 480 riders, is the main attraction here and a prominent part of the Yokohama skyline. There's also a roller coaster and a water-rafting ride.
Landmark Tower Sky Garden - Attraction: Yokohama Minato-mirai
[Open 10am-9pm (enter by 8:30pm) daily.]
The 69th-floor observation deck offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Yokohama and the bay, with Tokyo Tower and Mount Fuji visible on clear days. There are four separate viewing areas (NW, NE, SW, SE), with the usual coin-operated binoculars and...