Do you want to see the best views of Tokyo at night?

Today, we’re going to show you exactly where to go for incredible views of the city.

These includes the number towers, high-rise buildings, Ferris wheels and even some fancy bars.

Read on to find out where you can get access to see Tokyo light up at night.

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1. Tokyo Tower

Painted in a shade of bright orange and balanced with white, Tokyo Tower is known to evoke an awe-inspiring feeling in people.

It is the second tallest structure in Japan and at 333 meters, it is 13 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower and has earned the bragging rights.

After WWII, the tower has become somewhat of a patriotic symbol, and locals and tourists flock to the observation deck to view the panoramas of the city.

To access the top deck, reservations are required.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 9am-11pm
  • Address: 4 Chome-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0011, Japan

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Where to Stay

Featuring stunning interiors and a chic brickwork facade, Prince Hotel Tokyo is the closest place to stay near Tokyo Tower

You can take a night stroll in the park and also see Zojoji Temple at night.

After a long day of site seeing, Prince Hotel Tokyo will provide the best overnight sleep before you do more exploring the next day.

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2. Tokyo Skytree

The imperial city’s glittering lights and vibrant nights are best witnessed from Tokyo Skytree, one of the tallest structures in the world.

Reaching the magnificent height of 634m, Skytree has become the world’s tallest ‘free-standing tower’.

Futuristic designs of circular corridors, triangles and silvery metallic mesh open onto two observation decks; Tembō Deck, the lower observatory at 350m; and Tembō Galleria, the upper observatory at 450m.

From the decks, views as far as 100km are visible during the day including the sweeping vistas of iconic Mount Fuji.

Purchase the tickets from 4th floor, get into the glass elevator and watch the city grow smaller as you go up.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 8am-10pm
  • Address: 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0045, Japan

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3. Tokyo City View Observatory & Sky Deck at Roppongi Hills

If you ever want to gaze at Tokyo’s panoramas including the tallest towers and Mt Fuji, make a beeline for Tokyo City View in Roppongi.

It has an indoor observation gallery sitting at the height of 250 meters above sea level affording bird’s eye vistas of the entire city.

From balmy afternoons to the dusk settling over the mountains, the tower is able to channel different dynamics of the city day and night.

At the observatory, guests also have access to the Mori Art Museum which is situated one floor above the deck.

The museum is a must-visit and features a variety of critically acclaimed exhibitions and displays.

  • Opening Hours: Observatory daily 10am-11pm; Skydeck daily 10am-8pm weather permitting
  • Address: 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0045, Japan

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4. Seaside Top Observatory

Seaside Top Observatory is yet another popular spot in the city to take in the breathtaking views of Tokyo particularly during the sunset.

The observation deck is located on the fortieth floor of the World Trade Center near the Hamamatsu-cho subway station.

Compared to other towers, Seaside Top Observatory sits at only 152m, but don’t underestimate it.

Sunsets, twilight, and velvety nighttime are the best times to head to the observatory and enjoy the sweeping views of Tokyo including Tokyo Tower.

Look down and you will see the magnificent Kyu-Shiba Rikyu Gardens and a sparkling Ferris Wheel in Kasai can also be spotted in the distance.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10am-8:30pm
  • Address: Tokyo World Trade Center; 2-chōme-4 Hamamatsuchō, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0013, Japan

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5. Metropolitan Government Building

Commonly referred to as Tochō, Metropolitan Government Building is noted for its free observation decks in both of its tower.

Let’s not forget it also happens to be the headquarters of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government that governs pretty much the entire city.

The building is 243 meter tall and decks are the height of 202 meters.

There is a cafe and souvenir store on the decks where guests can hang out.

To catch a glimpse of Tokyo at night time, head over to the North Observatory which opens later at night.

Some of the popular landmarks you can view from Tochō include Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine, Tokyo Dome and Mt Fuji.

  • Opening Hours: North Observatory daily 9:30am-11pm; South Observatory 9:30am-5:30pm
  • Address: 2-8-1, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-8001 Japan

6. Shibuya Sky

If you want unobstructive panoramic vistas of Tokyo, Shibuya Sky is the best spot.

The 360° open-air observation deck is perched on the rooftop of Shibuya Scramble Square, and is the highest point in Shibuya District.

There is a corner called ‘Sky Edge’ from where you can witness Tokyo’s endless landscapes sprawling all around.

One of the highlights of Shibuya Sky are the hammocks on the rooftop.

Plop down, relax and gaze at the fluffy clouds floating by.

Visitors are provided with an observation compass to identify popular spots like Tokyo Tower and Mt Fuji.

After sunset, see the night skies flood with lights during a glorious light show called the ‘Crossing Light’.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 9am-11pm
  • Address: Japan, 〒150-0002 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Shibuya, 2 Chome−24−12 最上階 スクランブルスクエア

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7. Bunkyo Civic Center

Bearing close resemblance to a Pez dispenser, the Bunkyo Civic Center features an observation deck on its 25th floor.

Thanks to its slated windows, the deck offers clear views of the city far and wide.

It doesn’t hurt that it is totally free to access!

From Mount Fuji and sunsets to skyscrapers and crowded streets, the center covers most of Tokyo’s noted landmarks.

Looking through the deck of Bunkyo Civic Center, the surroundings appear unique and imposing.

Tokyo Skytree lights up and illuminates the night skies while Mt Fuji stands magnificently in the background.

Similarly, the rush hour and heavy traffic brighten up the roads when you look from the top.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 9am-8:30pm
  • Address: Japan, 〒112-8555 Tokyo, Bunkyo City, Kasuga, 1 Chome−16−21 文京シビックセンター25階

8. Telecom Center Observatory

With a dazzling background of Tokyo’s glittery skyline, and the majestic Odaiba at the forefront, the Telecom Center Observatory beckons you to its 21st floor.

You can enjoy a 260 degree view of the city skyline and capture many insta-worthy moments with iconic attractions at night, including the Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge.

The sunsets are absolutely breathtaking but nighttime views pierce through the heart with their distinctive charm.

You can also capture some rare shots of the Tokyo Skytree and the famous Ferris Wheel of Palette Town.

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 3pm-9:30pm; Weekends 11am-9:30pm
  • Address: 2 Chome-5-10 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0064, Japan

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9. SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck

On the 60th floor of this stately skyscraper, visitors can enjoy a bird’s eye view of Tokyo’s enthralling skyline.

The deck is situated at the soaring height of 251 meters above sea level.

It offers a unique angle that soaks up the entire city skyline, creating a stunning snapshot.

Sky Circus Sunshine’s observation desk has stunning 360-degree panoramic views Tokyo at night.

You can spot the Tokyo Sky Tree, Otsuka Station, Tokyo Disney Resort, the Arakawa River, Mt. Tsukuba, and even Mt. Fuji if the weather is kind.

Moreover, it has other interactive experiences as well, such as a VR swing coaster, sky trampoline and Infinitescape.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10am-10pm
  • Address: Sunshine City, 3 Chome-1-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo 170-0013, Japan

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10. Giant Sky Wheel in Palette Town

Japan’s Daikanransha gives a tough competition to London’s Eye with its whimsical charm.

The Giant Sky Wheel in Palette Town is one of the most popular attractions in Odaiba and is a must-have experience when you are in Tokyo.

Hop upon the ride and allow your eyes to feast on all the prominent attractions of the city and a stunningly illuminated view of the bayside region.

The beautifully lit Ferris Wheel offers a even more rewarding experience with its night rides when the city is all glitter and twinkles.

You can see the Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Gate Bridge, Rainbow Bridge and much more.

  • Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10am-10pm; Friday to Saturday 10am-11pm
  • Address: 1 Chome-3-10 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0064, Japan

11. Flowers and Diamonds Ferris Wheel

The second tallest Ferris wheel in the city, and the tallest one in Japan, Flowers and Diamonds Ferris Wheel is named after its unique lights and shapes.

It opened in 2001 in Kasai Rinkai Park in Edogawa and is one of the most popular experiences.

The ride takes you on a quaint journey of stunning nighttime views of the Tokyo skyline that will leave you awestruck with their beauty.

The display of illumination and glittery lights is spellbinding, and you find yourself lost in translation until the ride comes to an end.

You can spot the Tokyo Disney Sea and Land, Chiba, the Boso Peninsula and even Mount Fuji.

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am-8pm; Weekend 10am-9pm
  • Address: 6 Chome-2 Rinkaicho, Edogawa City, Tokyo 134-0086, Japan

12. The Andaz Hotel’s Rooftop Bar

Welcome to Andaz Hotel Rooftop Bar – the perfect place for a romantic candlelight dinner with a beautifully illuminated Tokyo skyline glittering in the background.

You can enjoy rich wines and delicacies while feasting your eyes on the city’s dazzling display of lights and illumination.

The bar is located on the 52nd floor of the Toranomon Hills skyscraper and it is an ideal escape package with stunning views of the skyline, scrumptious food and a relaxing ambience.

You can spot a wide range of attractions from the rooftop bar including the Tokyo Sky Tree, the Tokyo Bay and much more.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 5pm-1am
  • Address: 52nd floor Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills

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13. Sky Lounge Stellar Garden

Sky Lounge Stellar Garden is top-floor lounge at the Prince Park Tower Hotel that combine tea and cocktails with spectacular vistas for a visual delight.

Take a sip of your drink, and rest your eyes on a stunning panorama of the city skyline and lose yourself in the dazzling beauty of the nighttime lights.

The Sky Lounge Stellar Garden is an eclectic and relaxing bar lounge, situated on the 33rd floor.

It is your chance to escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, find the perfect corner to unwind, and calmly gaze at Tokyo Tower.

This destination is highly recommended for intimate dinners as it has a lovely ambience.

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 5pm-1:30am; Saturday 3pm-1:30am; Sunday 3pm-11:30pm
  • Address: 33rd floor, 4 Chome-8-1 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0011, Japan

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14. Bellovisto Bar

At Bellovisto Bar, have gourmet appetizers and drinks as you look at Tokyo’s enchanting lights from the 40th floor of the Cerulean Tower.

The bar is a beguiling combination of scenic panoramic views of Tokyo, fancy cocktails and romantic ambience.

Here you can kick back and relax, indulge in lively conversations and gaze at the spectacular beauty of the city laid out before you.

The bar is one of the hippest destinations in the city with a distinctive view of the illuminated skyscrapers of Tokyo.

Bellovisto Bar has classy food which makes it one of the best places to enjoy the city skyline in all its nighttime glory!

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 4pm-1am; Weekends 1:30pm-1am
  • Address: Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel; 40th floor, 26-1 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-8512, Japan

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15. Starbucks to see Shibuya Crossing

Tokyo is dotted with countless Starbucks and famous baristas but this particular Starbucks is incredibly popular because of its perfect view of the chaotic Shibuya Crossing.

As you sip your favorite coffee, watch hundreds of people from all different directions cross this busy intersection.

Starbucks is located on the second floor of Q FRONT Shibuya right above the ever-busy Shibuya station.

It receives scores of people who seek to capture the rush of Shibuya at night and the surrounding buildings.

After taking a few photos of the crossing madness, there’s still plenty of time to shop around at night.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 6:30am-2pm
  • Address: Q FRONT Shibuya; 21-6 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042, Japan

All the places mentioned offer unique experiences of Tokyo views at night.

We definitely recommend visiting at least a couple of these famous attractions while you’re in Tokyo.

Make sure you bring a proper camera to snap the best photos of Tokyo at night!

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