Tokyo City View

Roppongi Hills observatory

Tokyo tourists, you've probably already heard of Roppongi Hills, a huge urban project built ten years ago in the capital's eponymous district. This complex of 27 acres is organized around shops, restaurants, apartments, offices, and even theaters, museums and parks. The Mori Tower is somehow the nerve center of Roppongi Hills, around which flows the activity.

At its foot, you'll discover a giant spider called "Maman": a ten-meter high sculpture achieved by French artist Louise Bourgeois.

The importance of Mori Tower is measured by the reknown of companies that have chosen it for their Japanese offices: Google, Ferrari, Goldman Sachs, Barclays, Time (Warner), Chevron, Konami, Pokémon Company, J-Wave or Gree!

The 54 storey tower is divided as follows: the first six floors include shops and restaurants, while the last six are devoted to Mori Art Museum and the observatory. The rest belongs to offices such as listed above.

It's precisely the observatory, called "Tokyo City View" that I wish to present here. Located at 52F (51st floor), it offers a 360° view of the whole megalopolis, 250 meters above sea level: two main advantages over other aerial points of views in Tokyo with less centered location (it's quite close to the heart of the city and its bay).

If the weather allows it, it's even possible to get on the "Sky Deck" (the roof of the building) to enjoy the impressive outdoor view.

My advice: don't let the recent (and stunning) Tokyo SkyTree overshadow other observatories which sometimes contain small treasures, such as this Tokyo Sky View in Roppongi Hills.

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How to get to Tokyo City View

By subway:

  • Tokyo Metro Hibiya line: Roppongi station (H04) and 2 minute walk
  • Toei Oedo Line: Roppongi station (E23) and 4 minute walk

Location unreachable with the JR Pass

Get there with a rental car

Admission

Observatory: ¥1,500 (~US$ 13.30)

SkyDeck: additional ¥500 (~US$ 4.40) 

Get your Japanese Yens free of charge

Opening hours

Open from Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 11pm (last admission at 10:30pm)

Open Fridays, Saturdays and days preceding public holidays from 10am to 1am (last entry at midnight)

SkyDeck open daily when the weather allows from 11am to 8pm (last admission at 7:30pm)

How long / when to visit

Allow an hour on site

Prefer coming on a day without wind

In Japanese

六本木ヒルズ大展望台 東京シティビュー (Roppongi Hills Ôtenbôdai Tokyo City View)

Other name(s)

Mori Tower

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