Tokyo City View and Mori Art Museum at Mori Tower

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  • At the top of Mori Tower, you can enjoy the best panoramic view from Tokyo City View and seasonal curated exhibitions at the Mori Art Museum. 

    Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    We will share a travel guide for Roppongi shortly on the blog, before we do that we want to share this post on Tokyo City View, the Sky Deck, and Mori Art Museum at Mori Tower.

    Nami and I have been to Roppongi Hills many times, the illumination around the area during the holiday time is worthy of the visit if you get the chance.  Despite the number of visits we have taken to the area, we never visited Mori Art Museum or the Tokyo City View at top of Mori Tower.  This past summer, we finally did as a family and it was a wonderful and memorable experience.

    view of the city from Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    If you are not familiar with Mori Tower, it is a mixed-use building with retail and restaurants on the bottom 6 floors.  Corporate offices take up the majority of the building and Tokyo City View and Mori Art Museum are located at the top.

    Tokyo City View at Mori Tower

    There are several places where visitors can take in the birds-eye view of Tokyo.  Of those places, we have been to the top of TMG many times and also visited Tokyo Skytree a few years back.  In our opinion. the views from Tokyo City View is probably the best of the three.  Why?

    1. Roppongi is located closer to “center” of Tokyo than either TMG or Tokyo Skytree.
    2. There aren’t many tall buildings nearby blocking your views.
    3. You get to go outside onto the Skydeck!
    At the time we visited (July 2018), the cost of the tickets was:
    • Adult ¥1,800 ($18)
    • College and High School Students ¥1,200 ($12)
    • Age 4 through Jr. High School Students ¥600 ($6)
    • Senior (age 65+) ¥1,500 ($15)

    Ready for some awe-inspiring views of Tokyo?  Let’s go!

    Tokyo City View ticket counter at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Tokyo City View ticket counter.

    The first step, buy the tickets.  We booked our hotel through booking.com and they had a discount QR code that was supposed to work.  However, none of the ticket staff knew how to apply it and we ended up having to pay full price.

    entrance to Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Elevator for Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Elevator up to Tokyo City View on the 52nd floor.

    After exiting the elevator, the view of Tokyo immediately grabbed our attention.  On the day we visited, it was a beautiful clear day and you could see quite far away.

    view towards Tokyo Skytree from Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Tokyo City View is set up so visitors can walk around the perimeter of the building and see Tokyo from every angle.

    view of Tokyo Tower from Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    view of Tokyo Tower and surrounding area from Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    We especially loved the view of Tokyo Tower.

    view of the city from Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    looking towards Shibuya from Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    View of Shibuya from Tokyo City View.
    view of the Tokyo Skyline from Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    View of Shinjuku from Tokyo City View.

    view of the Tokyo Skyline from Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    During our to Tokyo City View, the exhibition at Mori Art Museum was Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of Its Transformation.  To complement the exhibition, there was a section with 3D models of buildings, pictures of them in real life, and diagrams of their drawings.

    picture of buildings at Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    3D building models at Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Towards the end, there was a cabinet with Nano Nano toys by Kouichi Miyajima on display.

    Nano Nano products on display at Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Nano Nano F1-Car on display at Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    $1,000 USD for the toy car?

    Sky Deck at Tokyo City View – Mori Tower

    Besides Tokyo City View, we paid an additional ¥500 ($5) so we can visit the Sky Deck.

    Entrance to Sky Deck at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    lockers for Skydeck at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Before going up Sky Deck, visitors are required to put bags and belongings in lockers.  You can bring a camera with you.

    Entrance to Sky Deck at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    So what is the Sky Deck?  It’s basically the rooftop of the Mori Tower.  To get there, you take a short elevator ride and walk through a pathway surrounded by industrial machinery.

    sign pointing to Skydeck at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    exit walkway from Skydeck at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Sky deck observatory at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Helipad on top of Mori Tower.

    view of Tokyo Tower and surrounding area from Skydeck at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    From the Sky Deck, you can take in truly unobstructed views of Tokyo, no glass, no steel barrier, just you and the city.

    view of view of Tokyo Tower and surrounding area from Skydeck at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    view of the Tokyo Skyline from Skydeck at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    You walk around the perimeter of the building and there are a few observation decks where visitors can walk down and take photos.

    Sky deck observatory at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Observation areas at Sky Deck.

    Just One Cookbook children posing from the Skydeck at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    view towards Shibuya and Shinjuku from Skydeck at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    View of Shibuya and Shinjuku from Sky Deck.

    After spending a bit of time on the Sky Deck, it became uncomfortably hot so we headed down to the Mori Art Museum.

    Mori Art Museum at Mori Tower

    Mori Art Museum has seasonal exhibitions and during the time we visited the topic was Japan in Architecture.  The theme traced the history of Japanese architecture from ancient times to today.  The entrance fee of Mori Art Museum is included in Tokyo City View and vice versa.

    entrance to Mori Art Museum at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Escalator to Mori Art Museum.
    Japan in Architecture topics at Mori Art Museum Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    The topics the exhibition addressed.
    KIGUMI INFINITY at Mori Art Museum Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    KIGUMI INFINITY.
    TV monitor explaining KIGUMI INFINITY at Mori Art Museum Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Diagram showing how KIGUMI INFINITY was built.

    blocks made of wood and clear material at at Mori Art Museum Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    wood structure model at Mori Art Museum Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    3D models of traditional Japanese wood architecture.

    wood structure model at Mori Art Museum Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Just One Cookbook child in front of Sen-no-Rikyu’s Tai-an Tea House Replica at Mori Art Museum Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Replica of Sen-no-Rikyu’s Tai-an Tea House.

    As we toured the various projects, the most memorable one was Experience Japanese Architecture to Scale in 3D.  The project is located in a dark room where Japan spatial concepts were displayed with lazer fiber and 3D projection on the wall and screen.

    Japanese Architecture to Scale in 3D at Mori Art Museum Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Japanese Architecture to Scale in 3D at Mori Art Museum Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    The digital transformation of the room going from traditional Japanese to modern condos was really cool.

    Japanese Architecture to Scale in 3D at Mori Art Museum Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Between Tokyo City View and Mori Art Museum, we spent about 3 hours in Mori Tower.  If you have limited time in Tokyo and want the best view of the city, we highly recommend stopping by Tokyo City View.

    Mori Arts Center Gallery at Mori Tower

    Not to be confused with the Mori Art Museum, on the same floor as Tokyo City View is the Mori Arts Center Gallery.  The gallery exhibits works from museums around the world as well as from anime and manga.  2018 is the iconic Japanese comic magazine Jump’s 50th year.  Mori Arts Center Gallery had a special exhibition on the various comics which we did not attend.

    Mori Arts Center Gallery entrance fee is separate from Tokyo City View/Mori Art Museum.

    Jump comic billboard at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Jump comic images on glass at Mori Art Museum Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    After taking in the view from the top of Mori Tower, it’s time to roam around the rest of Roppongi.  See you soon in our next travel post, Roppongi.  In the meantime, here is what we have planned for our 2018 Summer Tokyo Series:

    1. Shinjuku 新宿
    2. Meiji Jingu 明治神宮
    3. Harajuku and Omotesando 原宿・表参道
    4. Shibuya 渋谷
    5. Roppongi Hills 六本木ヒルズ
    6. Tokyo Tower (update) 東京タワー
    7. Ginza 銀座
    8. Imperial East Garden 皇居東御苑
    9. Akihabara 秋葉原
    10. Ueno 上野
    11. Kappabshi かっぱ橋道具街
    12. Tokyo Dome City 東京ドームシティー
    13. Asakusa (update) 浅草
    14. Tokyo Sky Tree (update) 東京スカイツリー
    15. Odaiba お台場

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