The Best View in Tokyo

Sunset over Shinjuku
Sunset over Shinjuku

Okay, maybe it’s not the best, seeing as how every time you turn down a new street in Tokyo, you’re presented with something surprising and/or beautiful…but it’s definitely a top contender.

In late afternoon, the view's pretty nice...
In late afternoon, the view’s pretty nice…
...but when the sun starts to set, it gets downright gorgeous.
…but when the sun starts to set, it gets downright gorgeous.

Tokyo’s got its fair share of gorgeous views, but in my book, this one – from the Tokyo Metropolitan Building in Shinjuku (AKA, the skyscraper district of Tokyo) – reigns supreme. Each of the towers houses an observatory at 202 meters, and on clear days, you can catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji in the distance. And the capper? Admission is totally free!

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The last time I was down in Tokyo, I parked myself near one of the windows in the northern tower and watched the sun dip below the skyline and illuminate the horizon blood-red and the city below dusky blue. I’m a sucker for heights, and surveying Tokyo from above, as lights flickered on in the buildings below, made me appreciate the city all the more. For sure, this is one of my favorite spots in Tokyo. And that’s saying something.

Tokyo by night
Tokyo by night

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