Caretta Shiodome Sky View has great Tokyo Bay views

Tokyo night cityscape from Caretta Shiodome Sky View
The nighttime view of Tokyo Bay.

Caretta Shiodome Sky View offers some good Tokyo Bay views. It is one of the best places to enjoy a good cityscape. Night there is amazing. Make sure you take a camera with you. There are a few small problems, though. Anyway, let’s look at it!

I have to say it’s not a real observatory. It is a small lounge-type area, a few windows wide, on a restaurant floor. A restaurant floor that is forty-six floors up, in the Dentsu building! Free viewing spots near Tokyo Bay don’t get better than this.

Hama Rikyu Gardens
Hama Rikyu Gardens during the day.

And it has one more bonus point. It has an excellent elevator! The ride up to the top is an exciting one. You get a panoramic view of Tokyo.

Kachidoki bridge on Sumida River
Kachidoki bridge on the Sumida River.

Why do photographers like Caretta Shiodome Sky View?

The viewing windows are about ten meters across and divided into three sections. They give about a 170° field of view. Some of great sights include:

There is a downside, though. The windows only face Tokyo Bay. If you want to see the city center, enter a restaurant or bar that faces that direction. Or you can enjoy it from the elevator. The ride is short, but it is a good one when Tokyo lights up it’s amazing!

Photography Tips

  • The windows get a lot of reflections, so carry a hood of some type if possible (they aren’t banned).
  • You can use tripods! Just make sure not to block anyone’s view.

Other photo spots near Sky View

Where is Caretta Shiodome Sky View?

Address: Catetta Shiodome 46F, 1−8−1 Higashishinbashi, Minato City, Tokyo

Here is the building on a Google map:

Closest train stations:

  • Shiodome on the Yurikamome Line
  • Shinbashi with various JR (including the Yamanote) and Metro lines.

Entry fees:

None

Opening hours

10 am to 8 pm

Conclusion

Caretta Shiodome Sky View is excellent, but it could have been so much better if it had that 360⁰ view. Still, it is worth going to enjoy the sights it offers. And while you are there, you can also enjoy some great restaurants and bars. If you go in December, also know that Caretta Shiodome puts on a Christmas light show.  

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