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.
How to get to Tokyo City View
- 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
Observatory: ¥1,500 (~US$ 13.40)
SkyDeck: additional ¥500 (~US$ 4.50)
Get your Japanese Yens free of charge
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
六本木ヒルズ大展望台 東京シティビュー (Roppongi Hills Ôtenbôdai Tokyo City View)