Tokyo certainly launches an exhilarating assault of the senses. The Japanese capital is, no surprise, a city of dizzying dimensions. It is absolutely impressive from many angles- from a spaceship-like boat that cruises between Odaiba and Asakusa or beneath the ultramodern, neon-lit skyscrapers- however, the finest way to appreciate its astounding vastness is unquestionably from above.
Holding the title as the largest urban metropolis in the world, Tokyo definitely presents one of the most exquisite skylines in the whole world. Fascinated by the idea of hopping on over to one of the mega-city’s stratospheric-height decks, we headed to the classy Roppongi district, the city’s best nightspot.
Our Day At Roppongi Hills
Packed with fine restaurants, nightclubs and bars, Roppongi is one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. This 28-acre “city within a city” is an ambitious large-scale, mixed-use development in Tokyo that includes unique indoor and outdoor spaces for working, entertainment and leisure. The glitzy area of Roppongi also hosts the Tokyo’s International Film Festival as well as world-class art exhibitions.
It was an extremely hot and humit summer afternoon. We were having a refreshing beer in the ultra-modern district of Roppongi when two super cute Japanese kindergarten trolleys passed right in front of us. The lovely scene utterly captivated us.
With innocent smiles and glittering eyes, the babies looked the outer world with a sense of awe and wonder. I guess herding the kids out in this “cage on wheels” is the most convenient way to control the children during the travel from the school to the park. In Spain, we don´t have such kind of carts, so I couldn´t refrain myself from taking some pictures.
Opened in 2003, the Mori Tower is one of the predominant symbols of Tokyo. Louise Bourgeois‘s giant spider sculpture at the entrance of the tower was quite familiar to us. We have a similar one created by the same artist outside the Guggenheim Museum in my beloved Bilbao. Inside of the 54-story building, are two observatories.
A world-class view is not the only attraction here. Located on the 53rd floor, the Mori Art Museum combines contemporary art with dramatic views. After pondering and marveling at extraordinary displays, we headed to the elegant Tokyo City View observation deck. The best time to visit is undoubtedly in the afternoon when you can enjoy day, sunset and night views.
Located 270 meters above sea level, the open air Sky Deck on the roof of the building offers exhilarating, 360 degree views over Tokyo.
Hours: 10:00 to 23:00
Admission: 1800 yen, plus 500 yen for Sky Deck