The AER building, located nearby Sendai’s central train station, features an observatory on its 31st floor. The observatory has two separate sides, one facing south and the other north. The latter offers a nice view of the city center. Access to the observation deck is free. Opening hours are from 10:00 to 20:00.
Yokohama Marine Tower was built in 1961, way before the impressive Landmark Tower, Yokohama’s current tallest building, came to existence. The tower is not that high with its 100 meters but nonetheless offers a great view of the waterfront of Yokohama. From its observatory, one can see many landmarks of Yokohama like Yamashita Park, the Hikawa Maru, Osanbashi Pier, the Akarenga, and Minatomirai. On the day of our visit we could feel the tower shaking a bit although winds were not that strong!
The Asakusa Culture Tourist information center is located in front of the famed Sensoji temple. The center, which provides visitors with plenty of information on the neighbourhood, is quite popular thanks to the free observatory located on the upper floor. From above, one can see well the main hall of Sensoji as well as Tokyo Skytree and Asahi’s golden poo.
Tokyo tower was built in 1958 and is an iconic symbol of Tokyo. It measures 333 meters and has a look similar to Eiffel tower but with a red and white look. It is now surpassed in height by Sky Tree (634m) but offers a different perspective on the city that makes it entirely worth visiting. The observation deck offers a superb view of Tokyo’s city-scape. One can also see very well the Zojo-ji temple located nearby.
One cannot miss the Yokohama Landmark Tower when visiting Yokohama. The tower stands out as Yokohama’s tallest building. In fact, it is the second tallest building in Japan behind the Abeno Harukas tower in Osaka. The tower hosts many stores and restaurants on its first five floors and a five star hotel in the upper section of the tower. The tallest observatory in Yokohama is located on the 69th floor or the Landmark Tower and offers an amazing 360 degree view of the city. On a clear day, mount Fuji and the city of Tokyo can be clearly seen from up there.
I did not get the chance to go in the tower on this trip but our host kindly took us to a nice spot to see the tower itself after closing time. The place in question is in between the Fukuoka City Museum and the Momochi Central Park. The photos I took of this icon of Fukuoka turned out quite nice.
Tokyo Skytree is now the highest tower in the world with a height of 634 meters. You can get some incredible views of Tokyo including the Sumida river region, Sensoji temple, Ueno park, Tokyo Tower, Mount Fuji and more! Sky Tree is extremely busy since its opening, get there early to minimize the wait. A 30 min wait to buy tickets is not uncommon and gets longer during the day (the ticket line extended out of the building and under the sun by noon). The second deck requires you to buy an additional ticket from the main observatory, be prepared to wait 15-30 minutes again in crowded conditions. Plan plenty of time for waiting in line because the visit is well worth it!
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The sight of Tokyo Skytree is quite surreal in the night sky of Tokyo. One very good spot to see Tokyo Skytree is located a short walk South-East of Sensoji temple close to the Asakusa train station. On the northern riverbank of Sumida river, a short set of stairs lead you to a walkway right next to the water.
You will get a very good view of Tokyo Skytree, and if you are there at dinner-time, you will see a lot of boats pass by. Those brightly-lit boats are “Yakatabune” where you can eat and drink while cruising the Sumida river. This type of restaurant-boat is a landmark in Asakusa.
To the right of Skytree, you will also see the strange golden sculpture atop the New Asahi building. Many Japanese refer to this sculpture as the “Golden Ounco” which translates to “Golden Poo”.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building serves as the city hall for all the wards and cities that constitute Tokyo. The building is located in Shinjuku in front of the Shinjuku central park. The main building is composed of two columns that are structurally linked up to about 2/3 of the height of the whole tower. Above that height, the two structures rise separately towards the sky. The top floor of each of the two towers host an observation deck that is free of change. They are accessed from two separate elevators located in the basement floor.
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