Wherever we travel, I love looking down at the city and surrounding area from the highest point I can find. We have seen Tokyo from a few locations already (Tokyo Skytree (450m), Tokyo Tower (250m)) and recently, during one of the long weekends in Tokyo, we headed to Roppongi Hills to visit the 238meter high Mori Tower. Roppongi Hills is a great complex full of shops, restaurants (a must visit place: Robuchon L’atelier (Mori Tower, 2/F Hillside, Roppongi Hills) – pastries to die for!), art museum, garden and offices. We have been to Roppongi Hills many times before but never up in the observatory. On the 52nd floor is Tokyo City View, an observation deck at 218m, and the Mori Art Museum.
On the 54th floor there is the open air Sky Deck centered around the helipad on the roof of the building with a 360 degree view over the city. The Sky Deck is the place to head to. It gets windy (often when the weather is bad the access is closed) and it is probably not a place for people who are not comfortable with heights. We had to leave all our ‘loose’ belongings (apart from camera) in the locker before heading up. I preferred being out in the open instead of behind glass on the 52nd floor.
We enjoyed walking around the helipad at over 200 meters above sea level so much that we went back the next day to see it in the evening. The night views didn’t disappoint. It was one of the best places to view the city we have seen so far. I will aim for sunset next time.
Tokyo City View, 54F Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tickets: ¥1800 for Tokyo City View (¥500 add-on for the Sky Deck).