Tokyo skylines

(Several district from different angles)
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Tokyo is famous for its endless sea of skyscrapers, that started to rise in the 1960s after the old lowrise cityscape was destroyed in WWII and the 1920s earthquake, with lot more skyscrapers under construction in the 80s and 90s and 2000s. Due to height limits they are not as tall as in Shanghai or New York, and the designs are less spectacular, with more grey and boxy buildings. But it still is one of the most impressive collections of tall buildings in the world, and there are some really cool futuristic looking towers. The tallest buildings are just around 200m tall, to compare with skyscrapers over 500m in New York, over 600m in Shanghai and over 800m in Dubai. But there are 2 much taller structures, though not counted as buildings because they are towers: Tokyo Skytree, built in 2012 is not only the tallest structure in Japan, it is also the world’s tallest tower! It measures 634m tall to the top, looks very futuristic (especially at night with the blue light) and is situated a bit off from the city center, in Sumida ward. It is almost twice as tall as Tokyo’s second tallest structure, the much older, Eiffel Tower looking Tokyo Tower from 1958. Tokyo Tower is 333m tall, slightly tower then it's Paris sister. Both these towers have several observation decks. Tokyo has alarge number of observation decks with great skyline views; Tokyo Skytree (Sumida ward), Tokyo Tower, Metropolitan Government Bldg and Sumitomo Bldg (both in Nishi-Shinjuku and free), Tokyo City View in Mori Building (Roppongi), Bunkyo Civic Center (Bunkyo) just to mention a few.

The most classical skyline is Nishi-Shinjuku (West Shinjuku) that features some of the oldest skyscrapers (from the 60s and 70s) as well as newer, more futuristic ones. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bldg (the twin towered, circuit board patterned city hall from 1991 with two observation decks), Park Tower (with 235m tallest in Shinjuku, famous from Lost in Translation), Tokyo Mode Gakuen Coccoon Tower (a building with round shapes) and Keio Plaza Hotel (when completed 1971 iwth 47 floors the first skyscraper in Japan, built) can all be found in Nishi-Shinjuku. Roppongi has Mori Tower (238m), one of the most wellknown skyscrapers of Tokyo with its observation deck, and the nearby Midtown Tokyo, both among Tokyo’s tallest buildings. East Shinjuku also has a few skyscrapers, but not as many as in West Shinjuku. Bunkyo ward has the Civic Center and other skyscrapers. In Sumida ward, along the river band of Sumida River, skyscrapers line up, one with a famous flame beacon, in front of the Skytree. Toranomon in Minato ward in the East is a business district with many skyscrapers, among them the Toranomon Hills skyscraper that is Tokyo’s currently tallest building to the roof height (256m). Marunochi, the district around Tokyo Station, and near Imperial Palace, is the old downtown of Tokyo. But this district is today also filled with skyscrapers, since it is both a financial district and a hotel district. Shibuya also has many tall buildings decorated with neon signs, and the famous clock tower of NTT DoCoMo Yoyogi Bldg (240m) as well as Ginza. Akihabara, the electronics district, is surrounded by skyscrapers, and Ryogoku in the East has a few near the Edo Museum. In Shinagawa there are many skyscrapers as well, surrounding the Shinagawa Station, among them the towers of Shinagawa Prince Hotel, where we stayed. Most of them have only around 30 floors. On Odaiba Island you find the famous Fuji TV highrise. From the island there are views of central Tokyo’s skyscrapers, and the tall suspension bridge Rainbow Bridge. The skyscrapers can also be seen from the parks, like Yoyogi Park and Shinjuku Gyoen. Unlike European cities, there are almost no tall religious buildings in Tokyo, since most of them are temples and the churches are few and not very tall. In the suburbs you find skyscrapers in Chiba, Kawasaki, Saitama and in the neighbouring city Yokohama. In the future, there are plans to build skyscrapers that are over 300m tall in Tokyo.


Tokyo panorama from the City Hall Views from Shinagawa Prince 02 Views from Shinagawa Prince 03 Views from Shinagawa Prince 04 Views from Shinagawa Prince 05 Views from Shinagawa Prince 06 Views from Shinagawa Prince 06b Views from Shinagawa Prince 07 Views from Shinagawa Prince 09 Views from Shinagawa Prince 10 Views from Shinagawa Prince 11 Views from Shinagawa Prince 12 Views from Shinagawa Prince 13 Views from Shinagawa Prince 15 Views from Shinagawa Prince 16 Views from Shinagawa Prince 17 Views from Shinagawa Prince 18 Views from Hotel Listel 05 Views from Hotel Listel 06 Views from Hotel Listel 06b Views from Hotel Listel 11 Views from Hotel Listel 12 Views from Hotel Listel 17 Views from Hotel Listel 23 Night views from Shinagawa Prince 01 Night views from Shinagawa Prince 02 Night views from Shinagawa Prince 04 Night views from Shinagawa Prince 06 Night views from Shinagawa Prince 07 Night views from Shinagawa Prince 08 Night views from Shinagawa Prince 12 Night views from Shinagawa Prince 13 Night views from Shinagawa Prince 16 Night views from Shinagawa Prince 17 Views from restaurants at the Shinagawa Prince 07 Views from restaurants at the Shinagawa Prince 08 Views from restaurants at the Shinagawa Prince 09 Views from restaurants at the Shinagawa Prince 12 Views from restaurants at the Shinagawa Prince 15 Akihabara 61 Akihabara 63 Akihabara 65 Akihabara 66 Bunkyo 10 Bunkyo 20 Bunkyo 34 Bunkyo 35 Chiba 01 Chiba 02 Chiba 03 Chiba 04 Chiba 05 Chiba 06 Chiba 07 Ginza 041 Ginza 060 Ginza 116 Ginza 118 Ginza 120 Ginza 122 Ginza 123 Ginza 127 Ginza 151 Ginza 153 Ginza 154 Ginza 159 Ginza 164 Ginza 165 Ginza 166 Ginza 167 Ginza 168 Ginza 171 Ginza 175 Ginza 176 Imperial Palace 22 Imperial Palace 32 Marunochi 01 Marunochi 43 Marunochi 47 Marunochi 49 Marunochi 53 Marunochi 59 Marunochi 62 Marunochi 64 Marunochi 65 Marunochi 66 Marunochi 68 Marunochi 73 Meji Shrine 08 Meji Shrine 10 Meji Shrine 11 Minato Ward 05 Minato Ward 08 Minato Ward 10 Nagatacho 05 Nagatacho 06 Nagatacho 08 Nagatacho 10 Nagatacho 11 Nagatacho 19 Narita Airport 04 Narita Airport 17b Narita Airport 23b Nishi-Shinjuku 001 Nishi-Shinjuku 032 Nishi-Shinjuku 033 Nishi-Shinjuku 036 Nishi-Shinjuku 038 Nishi-Shinjuku 044 Nishi-Shinjuku 046 Nishi-Shinjuku 061 Nishi-Shinjuku 063 Nishi-Shinjuku 064 Nishi-Shinjuku 071 Nishi-Shinjuku 073 Nishi-Shinjuku 076 Nishi-Shinjuku 079 Nishi-Shinjuku 094 Nishi-Shinjuku 102 Nishi-Shinjuku 104 Nishi-Shinjuku 113 Nishi-Shinjuku 127 Nishi-Shinjuku 130 Nishi-Shinjuku 151 Nishi-Shinjuku 152 Nishi-Shinjuku 158 Nishi-Shinjuku 161 Odaiba Island 02 Odaiba Island 03 Odaiba Island 09 Odaiba Island 11 Odaiba Island 12 Odaiba Island 17 Odaiba Island 21 Odaiba Island 26 Odaiba Island 33 Odaiba Island 34 Odaiba Island 38 Odaiba Island 52 Odaiba Island 55 Odaiba Island 59 Odaiba Island 62 Odaiba Island 71 Odaiba Island 72 Odaiba Island 73 Odaiba Island 76 Odaiba Island 77 Odaiba Island 78 Odaiba Island 81 Odaiba Island 85 Roppongi 002 Roppongi 018 Roppongi 026 Roppongi 036 Roppongi 039 Roppongi 041 Roppongi 058 Roppongi 059 Roppongi 060 Roppongi 061 Roppongi 062 Roppongi 063 Roppongi 065 Roppongi 066 Roppongi 071 Roppongi 073 Roppongi 074 Roppongi 075 Roppongi 078 Roppongi 079 Roppongi 080 Roppongi 084 Roppongi 085 Roppongi 117 Roppongi 141 Roppongi 142 Roppongi 168 Roppongi Hills 10 Ryogoku 08 Ryogoku 13 Ryogoku 16 Shibuya 26 Shibuya 37 Shibuya around Yoyogi 03 Shibuya around Yoyogi 04 Shibuya around Yoyogi 05 Shibuya around Yoyogi 07 Shibuya around Yoyogi 08 Shibuya by night 08 Shibuya by night 27 Shibuya by night 37 Shibuya by night 51 Shibuya by night 58 Shibuya by night 63 Shinagawa 11 Shinagawa 16 Shinagawa 20 Shinagawa 25 Shinagawa 30 Shinagawa 43 Shinagawa 44 Shinagawa 45 Shinagawa 49 Shinagawa 58 Shinagawa 59 Shinagawa 60 Shinagawa 61 Shinjuku East 090 Shinjuku East 110 Shinjuku East 111 Shinjuku East 114 Shinjuku East 115 Shinjuku East 176 Shinjuku Gyoen 12 Shinjuku Gyoen 15 Shinjuku Gyoen 16 Shinjuku Gyoen 19 Shinjuku Gyoen 39 Shinjuku Gyoen 60 Shinjuku Gyoen 61 Sumida 01 Sumida 04 Sumida 11 Sumida 12 Sumida 18 Sumida 19 Tokyo Midtown 25 Tokyo Midtown 28 Tokyo Station 03 Tokyo Station 11 Yoyogi Park 19 Zojoji Temple 05 Zojoji Temple 12 Zojoji Temple 14 Zojoji Temple 18 Zojoji Temple 19 Zojoji Temple 39 Views from the City Hall 04 Views from the City Hall 05 New National Stadium, under construction Views from the City Hall 11 Tokyo Skytree Views from the City Hall 33