Visiting Japan’s towers and observation decks—high visibility during wintertime!
Towers and observation decks are one of typical sightseeing spots in Japan. Especially, clear air of winter not only gives you extensive views from a high place, and also makes night views even prettier. We will introduce you to 2 towers and the tallest building, which are symbols of Tokyo and Osaka.
Tokyo Tower (333m)—a historical symbol of Tokyo (Tokyo)
Through the ages, Tokyo Tower has always been a symbol of Tokyo. It has two observatories: the main deck at 150 m, and the special observatory at 250 m (*). There are elevators to the main observatory, but you can also take the staircase, which opens on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. It has about 600 steps, and takes about 20 minutes to reach the observatory. As a token, you will receive a “stair climber certificate. ”
During wintertime, the tower is lit in warm orange color.
At the main observatory, there is a 3D projection-mapping event called “TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA” during wintertime. You will get to enjoy a virtual “first-hand experience” of future city Tokyo through the projection mapping images right before your eyes.
●4-2-8, Shibakoen, Minato-ku
●Main observatory / Special observatory 9:00-23:00 (last admission 22:30) *Special observatory will be closed until around summer of 2017 due to renovations.
Abeno Harukas (300 m) —Japan’s tallest building (Osaka)
Proudly standing as Japan’s tallest building is “Abeno Harukas,” and its observatory is called “Harukas 300.” The indoor corridors have floor-to-ceiling glass panels, allowing you to have exciting 360-degree views of places such as the Osaka Plain, Kyoto, and Kobe.
A special tour that you can visit the heliport on the rooftop of the building, “Harukas 300 Heliport Tour” is also popular. The uninterrupted picturesque view of Osaka is breathtaking. *Additional admission, 500 yen is required for the tour
●1-1-43, Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
●06-6621-0300 (Harukas 300)
TOKYO SKYTREE℠ (634 m)—Tokyo’s new hot spot (Tokyo)
TOKYO SKYTREE opened to the public in 2012 as one of the Tokyo’s symbols. From the foot of the tower, as it goes up, the shape gradually turns into a round shape. The upper part of the tower is round shaped so as to fend off gusts of wind from any direction. Its silhouette is modeled after traditional Japanese architecture principles “sori” (concave) and “mukuri” (convex), this shape gives you different looks, depending on which angle you look at the tower.
There are 2 observation decks, “Tembo Deck” (first observation deck at 350 m) and “Tembo Galleria” (second observation deck at 450 m), and you’ll see Tokyo’s magnificent views such as Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Dome, Shinjuku, Asakusa and many more from both decks. These views represent the beauty of Tokyo and would be unforgettable!
●1-1-2, Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
●0570-55-0634 (TOKYO SKYTREE Call Center 9:00-20:00)
*“Tembo Deck” and “Tembo Galleria” required tickets separately. Combo ticket is available for a ticket with day/time assignment (advance reservation). For more details, visit the website indicated above.
*The above information was last updated January 5, 2017. For further details, please contact the facilities directly.
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