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Seaside Top Observatory – the best sunset views in Tokyo

Seaside Top was a popular observatory in Tokyo.  The views it offered customers were fantastic.  Unfortunately, it was now closed.  Furthermore, the building is scheduled for demolition.  I have decided to republish the article for the sake of posterity.

Tokyo Tower and city skyline at sunset

Seaside Top Observatory is famous for its spectacular evening and night-time views.  They could be the best in the city.  Yes, I’m confident when I say that!  If you like this type of photography, you need to go there.  It is brilliant.

Tokyo buildings at sunset

If you go, look to the west.  A stone’s throw away is Tokyo Tower, and the skyscrapers of Toranomon a little further.  The view is breathtaking at sunset and early evening when the city lights come on.  If you can get good weather, you won’t want to leave those big, panoramic windows that look to the northwest.  Without a doubt, this is the best view of the tower from anywhere in Tokyo.

Then turn your head to the north a little, and you’ll find Marunouchi and Tokyo Skytree.  So, in a short arc, you’ll be able to capture some very popular places.  There is a lot to see in a small area.

many Tokyo skscrapers

It’s a pity that you can’t get the full west view.  Unfortunately, two buildings are there.  That is a pity, but one of them is a replacement for the World Trade Center!  So, while we lose this observatory, we will gain a new one.  Every cloud has a silver lining! 

Tokyo office building with lights on

By the way, if you are a train lover, there is something there for you too.  On the east side is Hamamatsucho station.  It’s a stop for the Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku lines.  You can also see Shinkansens (bullet trains) and a monorail too!  The only other observatory in Tokyo that has something similar that I know of is Hokutopia.

This observatory shows you don’t need to be miles up in the sky to get a good view.  It is only 152 meters high, but that is more than enough.   I’m not joking when I say I love it.

Tokyo skyscrapers at sunset

What’s to photograph from Seaside Top Observatory

  • City skyline

  • Hamarikyu Gardens

  • Tokyo Bay

  • Tokyo Skytree

  • Tokyo Tower

  • Zojoji (temple)

Photography tips

  • No tripods are allowed (but monopods are).
  • You cannot use the tables or ledges to rest your camera for long exposures.
  • There are lots of interior lights, so there will be glare.
Tokyo concrete jungle

Where is Seaside Top Observatory?

Hamamatsucho is the closest station.  The Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku lines serve it.  The World Trade Center is next door.  Make your way to the foyer, which is on the first floor.  The elevators will take you up to the observatory on the 40th floor.

Here is a Google map:

Opening hours

Permanently closed.

Admission costs

Nil (Now closed)

large Tokyo buildings

Other photo spots near Seaside Top observatory

  • Kyu Shiba Rikyu Gardens

Wrapping up

At Seaside Top observatory, you’ll likely spend most of your time taking pictures of Tokyo Tower.  That is okay because the view is outstanding.  And it is cheap, only ¥620!!  If you are on a budget, you can enjoy a top-notch nighttime view without putting a massive hole in your wallet.  

buildings and Rainbow Bridge around Tokyo Bay

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