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15 Free and Accessible “Best City View” in Kanto and Kansai

A selection of extraordinary and unexpected places of interest that you can enjoy easily and for free!

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Tower Hall Funabori

A 360° panoramic view of Tokyo from one of the three major towers in Tokyo

Tower Hall Funabori is located at 4-1-1 Funabori, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo, and has a 103-meter-high observation deck with a corridor. On the west side, visitors can enjoy the Sky Tree, Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Tower at the same time. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center ≪Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center≫.

Views from a new downtown landmark

This 8-story cultural facility, located at 2-18-9 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo, was designed by architect Kengo Kuma. There is a café on the top floor. Hours of operation are 9:00-22:00.

Caretta Shiodome 46th Floor Observation Space

Rainbow-colored night view and the vacant former tsukichi market

At 8-2, Higashi-Shinbashi 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo, visitors can enjoy views of the Tokyo Bay area including Tsukiji, Kachidoki, and Odaiba from approximately 200 meters above the ground. Hours of operation: 11:00 – 23:00

Nerima Ward Office

An observatory where you can feel the changing of the seasons

The 20th floor of the main government building, 6-12-1 Toyotamakita, Nerima-ku, Tokyo. On clear days, you can see Mt. Fuji, Mt. Tsukuba, and other mountains, and enjoy the fresh greenery and autumn leaves. Hours of use are 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Wakasu Seaside Park.

The silhouette of the dinosaur is unique! The impressive “Dinosaur Bridge” can be seen from the park.

The design of the bridge makes it look like two dinosaurs are facing each other.

Daikoku Pier

Enjoy Yokohama Bay Bridge from your feet

It is a 15-minute drive from Yokohama Station. On a clear evening, you can see Mt. Fuji dyed bright red over the skyscrapers. Beyond the bridge is the Yamate area

Shinagawa Pier

The powerful Rainbow Bridge

At the northern end of the Shinagawa Pier, you can view the Rainbow Bridge and the Harumi tower blocks from the comfort of your car. This is a rare driving spot that can only be accessed by car.

Tokyo Solamachi.

Experience the 634-meter-high building from the ground!

Tokyo Solamachi, located at 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, is a commercial facility with more than 300 stores where visitors can experience the scale of the Sky Tree up close. Open from 10:00 to 21:00

Shibuya Hikarie 11th floor Sky Lobby

Bird’s-eye view of the changing city from approximately 60 meters above ground

Located at 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, a one-minute walk from the East Exit of Shibuya Station. You can enjoy the powerful view while shopping. Hours of operation: 7:00 – 24:00

Jonanjima Seaside Park.

Get excited to see large passenger planes passing overhead!

At this marine park, which also has an artificial beach, you can watch planes take off and land at Haneda Airport as they pass overhead.

Rooftop Garden KITTE Garden

Take a walk while viewing the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Station Building

Located at 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, on the rooftop of KITTE, which was built on the site of the former Tokyo Central Post Office. Open from 11:00 to 23:00.


Sakai City Hall.

A historical city viewed from 80 meters above ground

The 21st floor of the main government building, 3-1 Minamigawaracho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture. From the corridor-style observatory, you can see the Nintoku Imperial Mausoleum, Mount Rokko, and Abeno Harukas. Hours of operation are from 9:00 to 21:00.

Kobe City Hall

Enjoy the center of Sannomiya from a height of 100 meters

The 24th floor of the City Hall is an observation lobby from which you can see the Rokko Island and the Kii Peninsula. Hours of operation are from 8:15 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Todaiji Nigatsudo.

View of the ancient capital from the national treasure stage

This is a Buddhist hall built in the Nara period (710-794) at Todaiji Temple, 406-1 Zoshicho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture. From the stage, you can see the Daibutsuden area, the city of Nara, and the ruins of the Heijo Palace.

Daimonji Fire Floor

Panoramic view of the city of Kyoto

Daimonji Hidoko is located in Shichimawari-cho, Jodoji, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. The view from the hidoko (fire bed) from which the flames of the Gozan Bonfires are lit. Visitors can take a rest while viewing the Kyoto basin on the way to the top of the mountain.

From “FRIDAY” June 10, 2022 issue

  • PHOTO Nerima Ward Office, Shibuya Hikarie, PIXTA

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