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Japan’s Observation Decks and Towers

An observation tower is usually on the ‘to do’ list for any visitor to Japan, or domestic traveler within. Japan has plenty to offer in this field, ranging from proper ‘old skool’ shorties through to the latest swanky corporate behemoths. Some of them are free, some of them are, for want of a better term, a rip off. Ultimately though, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so we’ll let you decide how much the views are worth.  

Just as Japan’s observation towers are scattered around the nation, so too are they scattered around the web. Hopefully with this resource we’ve managed to collate most of the standouts into one convenient place.  Please note, that some of these locations stretch the meaning of 'tower' somewhat.  In some cases as far as ferris wheels, castles, and museums.  We have, however, restricted this list to man-made structures.  There are no hills or mountain view points here.


We’ve separated them into region/city and have listed them according to cost (it’s City-Cost for a reason)!


Those that are highlighted (*) are observation towers the details of which remain ‘unofficial’ (no homepage available/homepage illegible/Internet rumours).


Prices are listed in ‘yen’, from adult downwards (usually adult / high school / jr high / elementary / infant ). There will be discrepancies, but we just want to give an idea of the costs.


Where ‘observation spaces’ have been capitalised, is when it seems to us that the space has an actual name.  


Central


(image: Tokyo)

Tokyo

NamePrice 1Price 2HeightHours
Tokyo Sky TreeTembo Deck 2,570 / 2,060 / 1,540 / 930 / 620Tembo Galleria (+) 1,030 / 820 / 510 / 310 350m / 450m8:00am - 9/10pm
Mori Tower, RoppongiTokyo City View 1,800 Sky Deck 2,30052F / roof (54F bldg)11:00am -8:00pm
Sunshine 60, IkebukuroSky Circus (opens April 21, tickets now online) 1,800 / 1,500 / 900 / 500 
251m10:00am - 9:00pm
Tokyo TowerMain Observatory 900 / 500 / 400Special Observatory (+) 700 / 500 / 400~145m / ~ 250m9:00am - 11:00pm
Tokyo World Trade Center, HamamatsuchoPanorama Room 620 / 360 / 260
152m / 40F8:00am - 10:00pm
Fuji TV Bldg., OdaibaHachitama Spherical Observation Room 550 / 300
25F10:00am - 6:00pm
Tokyo Metropolitan Gov. Bldg. Observation Decks, ShinjukuSouth Tower - freeNorth Tower - free202m (45F)South 9:30am to 5:30pm / North 9:30 to 11:00pm
Shin-Marunouchi Bldg., Marunouchi7F Terrace (view to Tokyo Station) - free
7FRestaurants typically open until ~ 11:00pm
Bunkyo Civic Center, Bunkyu wardShisetsu Lounge - free
25F9:00am - 8:30pm


Carreta Shiodomefree (on the restaurant floor)46FRestaurants typically open until ~ 11:00pm
Shinjuku Sumitomo Bldg.free51F10:00am - 10:00pm
Tokyu Plaza GinzaKiriko Terrace - freeroof top (13F bldg)11:00am - 9:00pm
*Ebisu Garden Place Towerfree?10:00am - 11:00pm
*Shinjuku NS Bldg.No view according to building's homepage

*Carrot Tower, Sangen-jaya, Setagaya-kufree26F9:30am - 11:30pm
*Shinjuku Center Bldg.free52F8:00am -11:00pm
*St. Luke's Towerfree32F / 47F?
*Dentsu Bldg., Shiodomefree46F / 47F7:00am - midnight
*Shinjuku Nomura Bldg. free50Fsome restaurants until 11:30pm


Yokohama / Chiba / Ibaraki / Shizuoka


(image: Yokohama)


NamePrice HeightHours
The Landmark TowerSky Garden 1,000 / 800 / 500 / 200273m (69F)10:00am - 9:00pm
Yokohama Marine TowerObservation Deck 750 / 500 / 250 / free30F10:00am - 10:30pm

Act Tower, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka

observatory 500 / 300145m10:00am - 6:00pm
Chiba Port Tower, ChibaView Promenade 420 / 200113mJun - Sept 9:00am - 9:00pm / Oct - May 9:00am - 7:00pm
Art Tower Mito, Ibarakiobservation room 200 / 100tower - 100m9:30am - 7:00pm


Nagoya and around


(image: Nagoya)

NamePriceHeightHours
Nagoya Midland SquareSky Promenade 750 / 500 / 300 220m (44-46F)11:00am - 10/11:00pm
Nagoya Port BuildingObservation Deck 70053m (7F)9:30am - 5:00pm
Nagoya TV TowerSkydeck 600 / 500 / 300 (covers both decks) 90m / 100m10:00am - 9/10:00pm
Yokkaichi Port Building, Yokkaichiobservation floor - 30014F10:00am - 5:00pm


Gifu / Ishikawa

NamePriceHeightHours
Gifu City Tower 43, GifuSky Lounge - free43F10:00am - 11:00pm
*Ishikawa Prefectural Office, KanazawaObservatory Lobby - unknown19FUnknown


Kansai


(image: Osaka)

Osaka

NamePriceHeightHours
Abeno HarukasObservatory 1,500 / 1,200 / 700 / 500~300m (Sky Garden 58F / Observatory Gallery 60F)9:00am - 10:00pm

Umeda Sky Bldg.

Floating Garden 1,000 / 700 / 500 / 20039F10:00am - 10:30pm
Tsutenkaku TowerObservation Platform 700 / 500 / 400 / 300 87.7m9:00am - 9:00pm
Cosmo TowerOsaka Pref. Gov. Sakishima Building Observatory 700 / 400 / 400~252m (53F)11:00am - 10:00pm
Tempozan Ferris Wheel800112.5m10:00am - 10:00pm
Osaka CastleObservation Deck (+ museum) 600 (15yrs +) / free50m9:00am - 5:00pm
*Osaka Museum of HistoryUpper floors of museum (Museum entrance) 600 / 400 Unknown9:30am - 5:00pm
*Rinku Gate TowerRumours of something on 26F and 54F but no information on official website26F and 54F (?)Unknown


Kyoto / Kobe

NamePriceHeightHours
Kyoto Tower770 / 620 / 520 / 150100m9:00am - 9:00pm
Kobe Port TowerObservation Deck 700 / 300~100mMar-Nov 9:00am - 9:00pm / Dec-Feb 9:00am - 7:00pm
Kyoto Stationfreerooftop (11F building)
*Kobe City HallObservation Deck (building #1) - free24FWeekdays 8:15am - 10:00pm / Sat, Sun, Hols 10:00am - 10:00pm



South


(image:Fukuoka)

Kyushu / Shikoku

NamePriceHeightHours
Fukuoka Tower, KyushuObservation Room 800 / 500 / 200123m9:30am - 10:00pm
Seto-Ohashi Tower, Kagawa, Shikoku800 / 750108m9:00am - 5:00pm
Kaikyo Yume Tower, ShimonosekiObservation Deck - 600 / 300143m9:30am - 9:30pm
*B-Con Plaza, Beppu, Kyushuobservation deck - 300 / 200100mMar-Nov 9:00am - 9:00pm / Dec-Feb 9:00am - 7:00pm
*Mojiko Observation Deck, Kitakyushu, KyushuObservation Deck - 30031F10:00am - 10:00pm
Hakata Port Tower, KyushuObservation Deck - free73munknown
ACROSS Fukuoka, KyushuStep Garden Rooftop Observation Deck - freerooftop (14F building)generally 9:00am - 6:30pm
*Sunport Takamatsu, ShikokuSymbol Tower - free?29F / 30Funknown


North


(image: Sapporo)

Sendai / Iwate / Niigata / Aomori

NamePriceHeightHours
Aomori Tourist Information Center (ASPAM)Observation Platform (includes entrance to theater) 800 / 600 / 40013F9:00am - 6/7:00pm
AER Bldg., SendaiPanorama Terrace - free31F10:30am - 8:00pm
Toki Messe, NiigataThe Befco Observation Deck - free125m (31F)8:00am - 10:00pm
*Malios, IwateObservation Room - free (?)20F9:00am - 6:00pm


Hokkaido

NamePriceHeightHours
Goryokaku Tower, HakodateObservatory 1F/2F 840 / 630 / 420 86m (1F) / 90m (2F)Apr - Oct 8:00am - 7:00pm / Oct - Apr 9:00am - 6:00pm
JR Tower SapporoObservation Deck 720 / 500 / 300160m (38F)10:00am - 11:00pm
Sapporo TV TowerObservation Deck 720 / 500 / 300 / 10090.38m9:30am - 9:30pm (some exceptions)
Okurayama Ski Jump, SapporoViewing Lounge (lift round trip) 500 / 300(jump 90m)8:30am - 6:00pm (some exceptions)


If you'd like to add any more of Japan's observation towers, decks, or platforms to this list, or feel any corrections feel need to be made, don't hesitate to leave your comments below.


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Images (cropped)

Takashi Hososhima Flickr License (Yokohama) / JahnmitJa Flickr License (Nagoya) / Andy Lamb Flickr License (Osaka) / veroyama Flickr License (Fukuoka) / Gilad Rom Flickr License (Sapporo)

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