Let's continue our tour of observatories in Tokyo with this new perspective point: Sunshine 60. It's located in Ikebukuro, in the commercial heart of the neighborhood, a few hundred meters from the JR station. As usual, the building in question is a business building. It rises to 251 meters above sea level and the first and basement floors contain dozens of stores. To access the observatory, you must go up to the sixtieth floor.
One feature of Sunshine 60 is the romance of its observatory. You'll meet a lot of young Japanese couples, especially in the evening. The view of Tokyo at 360 degrees is impressive and allows you to admire, of course, Ikebukuro and northwest of Tokyo quite closely. But you can also contemplate Tokyo SkyTree, which emerges from the endless cityscape with panache.
If you visit Sunshine 60 on a good day when the weather is mild, you can also go out on the roof of Sunshine City to enjoy the Observation Deck, one of the few outdoor observatories in Tokyo.
The central part of the Sunshine 60 floor, these two crossed lanes, is for limited time events of Japanese popular culture. During our visit, there was a One Piece exhibition devoted to the release of the latest movie, Z.
How to get to Sunshine 60
By train -- JR Yamanote / Saikyo / Shonan-Shinjuku lines, Ikebukuro station and 8 minute walk
By subway -- Tokyo Metro Tobu-Tojo / Seibu-Ikebukuro / Marunouchi / Yurakucho / Fukutoshin lines, Ikebukuro station (Y09 / F09 / M25) and 8 minute walk
Location reachable with the JRP : order your Japan Rail Pass (from ~US$ 271)
¥620 (~US$ 5.60)
Get your Japanese Yens free of charge
Open daily from 10am to 9:30pm (last entry at 9pm)
Observation Deck open on weekends and holidays, and from December 18 to January 10 (depending on weather)
How long / when to visit
Prefer sunny days without wind, to access the outside observation deck
Observation deck renovations until spring 2016