Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Tokyo City View at the Mori Observation Deck & Mori Art Museum

Shibuya and Shinjuku to the left (where the concentration of tall buildings are located).

Panoramic shot of Tokyo.

When I am travelling I am always searching for panoramic views. Tokyo has many towers and buildings that offer a bird’s eye view of Tokyo City. One of them, and many say that this is the best, is the Tokyo City View at the Mori Tower Observation Deck in Roppongi Hills. I can understand why because it is facing the most populous wards of the city.

For the Observation Deck, which is located on the 52nd floor of the Mori Towers, it includes a free entrance to the Mori Art Museum, and for an extra fee, you can also visit the Sky Deck (the helipad). We didn’t; we thought the Observation Deck will keep our hands full already, and it did.

We stayed in the tower until it was dark so we could also enjoy Tokyo City View at night. It is beautiful when everything is black with the lights.

In the Observation Deck there are several other Japanese-themed exhibits going on, as well as there are recreational areas for visitors to express their artistic side, both for children and adults. In addition, there are cafes, bars, restaurants and lounges.

Interestingly, many locals come up here just to enjoy the view, or kill time.

The Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower also located in Minato. People can go up here as well, for a fee, to view Tokyo.

A closer view of the city.

The Shinjuku area I believe.

For a good idea of the wards in Tokyo, see below:

Tokyo has 23 special wards. The Mori Tower Observation Deck is located in Minato. We stayed in Chuo, which is by the way where the famous upscale Ginza is located, as well as the popular Tsukiji Fish Market. Shibuya and Shinjuku are the new central places of Tokyo. Chiyoda is the home of the Emperor's Imperial Palace and many government offices. Taito has many temples and old buildings in Japanese architecture.

Shinjuku is easy to identify, because of its concentration of tall buildings.

Tokyo is one of the most densely populated cities in the world.

The Tokyo Bay in the distance.

There is not much traffic in Minato area. Perhaps in other wards in Tokyo it is different.

You're looking at Chuo and Koto wards.

The sun is finally setting down.

I must say this is a very pretty looking road or highway.

She does look like the Eiffel Tower in Paris but this is the Tokyo Tower, in red. 

This is one of the recreational areas. You create your own art, such as create your own person on paper and it can be scanned to interact with the drawings of others on the big screen. Yes, the drawings come alive on the big screen! Cool technology!

Another activity, paint your own doll. 

This is one of the bars where you can vandalise the table with your name or whatever, all you want.

At the Mori Art Museum, one of the art installations. Something to do with threads and clothing. Photography was not allowed for many of the exhibits though.

One of the rooms where you can sit and relax. This gaijin gentleman I believe is an employee of the museum. He is hired to speak to visitors and educate them about art and the museum.

Museums like this one is not really up my alley, nor the Dutchman's (he avoids this like the plague). Well for me it depends on the type of art really, or who is exhibiting. But since it is part of the ticket, might as well check it out.

Travel Period: November 2014
Destination: Roppongi Hills, Minato (Tokyo), Japan

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