Tokyo has probably the most extensive skylines in the world and a better way to see Tokyo’s skyline is from an observation deck. Luckily there are a few Tokyo admission free observation decks across the city, offering different views.
The good thing or maybe the greatest thing about these observation deck is they offer free admissions! No need to shell out thousands of yen just to enjoy a unique view of the city. Let’s start with the list of Tokyo’s admission free observation decks.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – Observation Deck
Home of Tokyo Metropolitan Government the building’s twin towers have an observation deck respectively at an elevation of 202 meters on the 45th floor. Divided into two towers; South tower offers better daytime view including Tokyo Bay and the Odaiba district, while on the North tower Mt. Fuji can be seen on a clear day.
North Observation Room: 9:30 – 23:00
*Closed on 2nd and 4th Monday of every month
South Observation Room: 9:30 – 17:30 (until when the Northern Observation Room is closed)
*Closed on 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month
The observation decks are also closed during New Year’s holiday
(December 29-31 and January 2-3) except on January 1st
2-8-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shijuku-ku, Tokyo
10 mins. walk from Shinjuku Station
Yebisu Garden Place Tower Sky Observation Deck
Yebisu Garden Palace is one of Tokyo’s city within a city. The garden palace’s compound consists of several buildings and skyscrapers that features a wide array of restaurants and shops.
In case you noticed Yebisu is a famous beer brand in Japan and yes Yebisu Garden Palace is built on the former site of a beer brewery that has been brewing since 1890.
The 37th floor of Yebisu Garden Palace Tower features a Sky lounge 167 meters above the ground! A breath-taking view of central Tokyo can be seen and Mt. Fuji on clear sunny days. The Sky Lounge is totally FREE of charge.
Monday – Sunday: 11:30 AM – 23:00 PM
Closed on January 1 for regular inspection once a year.
4-20-3 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Bunkyo Civic Center Observation Deck
Located in central Tokyo and a few steps from Tokyo Dome is a noticeable space ship like building named Bunkyo Civic Center. On the building’s 25th floor is an observation lounge that offers FREE entry to the public! Unlike the two famous towers in the city, Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower that charges expensive admission tickets, Bunkyo Civic Center Observation Lounge is absolutely admission FREE!
The east, west and north side of the observation deck is open to the public from 9AM – 8:30PM free of charge! While on the 3rd Sunday of May and from December 29 to January 3 of every year Bunkyo Civic Center Observation Deck is closed.
The height of the observation lounge is about 105 meters above the ground and gives a breath-taking panoramic view of Tokyo’s Skyline.
Monday – Sunday: 9: AM – 20:30
*Closed on December 29 – January 3 and on 3rd Sunday of May.
Kasuga Ward Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 1-16-21
1min. walk from Tokyo Metro Korakuen Station
1 min. walk from Kasuga subway station
Sky Carrot Tower Observation Deck
A commercial building on the heart of Tokyo that is named “Carrot Tower” because of its bright orange color, is another tower that offers free admission to its observation deck.
On the 26th floor of the building is a free observation deck that lets you take in the beautiful sky line of Tokyo. Unlike the other observation decks, Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower cannot be seen from the Sky Carrot Tower observation deck. Never the less the tip of Mt. Fuji on a clear day can be seen and a beautiful sunset view is enjoyable from the observation deck.
Monday – Sunday: 9:30 AM – 23:00 PM
*Closed on 2nd Wednesday of every month.
4-1-1 Taishido Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
3 mins. walk from Sangenjaya Station on Tokyu Den-en Michien Line.
Caretta Shiodome Observation Deck
Caretta Shiodome complex offers more than just shopping, on the 46th floor is a Sky restaurant area where you can enjoy a view of Tokyo Bay. The Sky Restaurant is FREE of charge!
On the lower floors of the Caretta Shiodome complex includes a theater where the famous Broadway musicals are performed and a museum.
Monday – Sunday: 11: AM – 23:00 PM
１丁目-8-2 Higashishinbashi, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 105-7090
5 mins. walk from Shimbashi station