Japan Observation Decks
Panoramic Views on the Archipelago
Big cities in Japan, especially the Tokyo megalopolis, are built in a very vertical manner.
Even if skyscraper districts tend to be rare, Japan likes to build very high towers and buildings. They are often divided like this: the first floors are open to the public, usually with diverse stores and then the upper floors are dedicated to several administrative offices for private companies. It is not unusual that the last floors shelter an observation deck, free or paid, allowing visitors to admire the urban area from several hundred meters high. The night views of the city are greatly appreciated by couples for a romantic evening.
Sometimes, it can be natural monuments that offer a point of view on the environment, most of the time high hills or mountains. The most sacred ones have at their top a temple or a shrine that benefits from an unobstructed panorama on the surrounding landscape, which makes for a great reward after a long ascension. Such a hike is best on a fine weather day, from spring to autumn, to discover Japan from above.