Best Things To Do With Kids In Tokyo – Best Free Views And Observation Decks

When travelling in Tokyo with kids, there’s no need to splash the cash (or spend the Yen!) visiting expensive observation decks and towers when there are plenty of free views to be had.

1. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is very conveniently located in Shinjuku, and offers expansive (almost 360 degree) views from its 45th floor observation decks. Visit both the North and South Observatories for a varied cityscape. You may even be able to see Mt Fuji on a clear day. Wait times in general are very short, and there’s a cafe and gift shop to browse as well. The observation decks are open until 11pm every day, so make sure you return after sundown to see the beautiful city lights. 

PRO-TIP – The staff cafeteria on Level 32 of Tower 1 has cheap eats, English menus and wonderful views to boot. Open weekdays only. 

Getting there:

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Tocho in Japanese) is located directly above Tochōmae Station on the Toei Ōedo Line
  • From Shinjuku Station – 10 minute walk from West Exit of JR station
  • To access the Observation Decks, take the Observatory Elevator from the 1st Floor Building 1

Opening Hours:
9:30am – 11:00pm

Entry ends 30 minutes before closing time

2. Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center

View of Sensō-ji from 8th floor observation deck of the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Centre

If you’re visiting Tokyo’s most famous temple, Sensō-ji, be sure to stop in at the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Centre for a great view over the surrounding area. You can also see the Tokyo Skytree from the 8th floor observation deck/cafe. The English-speaking tourist guides here are very helpful, and it’s an excellent jumping-off point for a visit to Asakusa.

Getting there:

  • 5 minutes walk from Asakusa Station
  • Directly opposite the Kaminarimon (Sensō-ji gate)


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