Tokyo Skytree: Should You Go During The Day Or Night?

Everyone who visits Tokyo or is planning to will most likely have the Tokyo Skytree on their list of things to see. After all, it was announced as the tallest tower in the world back in 2011, and today stands as the second tallest. So, unless your fears of heights overcome the excitement of the views the Skytree has on offer, then it is a must see. However, there is a decision that needs to be made before your visit. Should you visit during the day or night?

The extraordinary views from Tokyo Skytree can be appreciated much more in the daytime. During the day, you can see the buildings of Tokyo stretch for miles, while even being able to see Mt. Fuji. However, during the evening, thousands of lights emerge from the skyline, but vision is greatly limited.

You may think that your decision is now made up after reading that. However, there is a lot more to take into account when deciding if you want to go during the daytime or evening. Read on to gain information that will help you decide on what time you want to go to the Skytree.

Should You Visit Tokyo Skytree At Day Or Night?

The Tokyo Skytree stands as a truly one-of-a-kind monument for Japan and its people. From its staggering size to the highly intelligent anti-earthquake design and structure; there is a reason the Skytree is loved. 

In fact, it is loved so much that the tower brought in a record-breaking 20 million visitors in just 3 and a half years of opening. 

Japan’s tallest man-made structure has views that are truly out of this world. Many other iconic attractions can be seen from the observation deck within the tower. Sights such as the Tokyo Tower and Mt. Fuji can be spotted in certain circumstances.  

However, it is not just the views that attract people to the Skytree. The tower has many different things to see and experience. 

If you want to know what else the Tokyo Skytree is used for, check out this article I wrote. 

If you are going mainly for the views though, deciding on whether to go during the day or night, can greatly affect your experience. The difference between the two times actually makes more of a difference than you may think.

During the day, you can see thousands of buildings stretching out for miles and miles, and you can even see the top of Mt. Fuji. Obviously, this is dependent on the weather and how clear it is outside. However, there is no doubt that for views of the capital city and the beauty of Japan, daytime is definitely the better time to visit

During the night, you will get to experience and witness Tokyo at its most iconic stage; when it is lit up. The hundreds of thousands of lights that beam below you are truly a one-of-a-kind experience. You can watch the Tokyo Tower glow with its iconic red and white lights far in the distance. Visiting during the night may not be as good for seeing all of the views Tokyo has on offer, but it definitely provides a more atmospheric experience.

There are multiple benefits to visiting the Tokyo Skytree in both daytime and evening, let’s take a further look into these.

Benefits Of Visiting The Skytree During The Day

The Tokyo Skytree will provide many benefits to your viewing experience when you visit during the day. The skytree’s primary focus, debatably, is to witness the true beauty of the city. 

With that, let’s look at why you may prefer going during the day.

Better & Clearer Views Of Tokyo’s Landmarks

There are many insanely tall towers, skyscrapers and buildings in major cities around the world. The thing that these buildings have in common, is that they have viewpoints or observation decks. 

Whether it’s The Shard with office rooms, the Burj Khalifa with hotel and apartments or even Shanghai Tower with gardens and cafés… All of these buildings have a primary way to attract tourists, and that is the views that these structures provide. 

Now, the best time of day to see these views is during the daytime. 

From the views of Tokyo Tower, the metropolitan government building, Mt. Fuji, Sensoji Temple and so much more; the views from the Skytree are astounding.

This leads us to our next benefit…

Mt. Fuji Can Be Seen On A Clear Day

Mt. Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain/volcano and the 35th highest in the entire world. It alone brings in 300,000 people who hike and climb it every single year. 

It is only 79 miles from Tokyo, but to be able to see such an amazing landmark from the capital city is simply astonishing, to say the least. 

To find out if you can see Mt. Fuji from the Tokyo Tower, check out this other article I wrote!

However, if you want to see Fuji from the Tokyo Skytree, then you should 100%, without a doubt, go during the day. There aren’t many lights around Fuji at all so it will be virtually impossible to see in the dark.

Better Pictures For Photographers 

It should come as no surprise to photographers when I say that daylight will result in better images for you. However, the Skytree provides amazing photo opportunities, and these are most appreciated with good lighting.

One of these picture opportunities is the glass floor which can be found on floor 340, aka the Tembo deck. This is one of the most exhilarating experiences available at the Skytree. Imagine looking straight down beneath your feet and realising the immense height you are currently standing at.

This is not recommended for anyone terrified of heights, but for photographers who can stomach it; expect amazing pictures!

Benefits Of Going At Night

Despite a large number of benefits from visiting the Tokyo Skytree during the day, there are still many less-obvious benefits from going at night.

There are the obvious downfalls of visiting at night, for example not being able to clearly see the buildings or Fuji. However, let’s see if the benefits outweigh this!

Lights, lights and more lights!

Everyone knows that when you go to any major city in the evening, you are going to see thousands of lights.

However, the unique experience with Tokyo Skytree is that you will see them from above. Yes, you can do this at pretty much any tall building in any major city. However, the Skytree is one of the tallest towers in the world, so the view is truly one of a kind.

Not only that, but most buildings do not have a glass panel floor which you can look directly below on.

A Much More Unique Atmosphere

When visiting Tokyo Skytree at night time, one of the first things you will notice is the atmosphere is unreal. It is difficult to put into words exactly what feelings and thoughts go through your head while looking down on the biggest city in the world at night.

However, once you see for yourself how different the Skytree feels between day and night, you will know exactly what I mean!

In General, It Is Less Busier Than In The Daytime

With Tokyo being the most populated city on Earth, your visit to Tokyo Skytree will never really be empty. However, if you want to visit when it is the least quiet, then book yourself a nighttime visit!

Of course, this may not be the case on weekends, as Tokyo on the weekends, is a city that doesn’t sleep!


Tokyo Skytree is an amazing experience no matter what time of day you go, seriously. However, when booking your visit to Tokyo Skytree, you need to take into account what you want most from your trip. 

If you want views of Mt. Fuji along with clear views of Tokyo’s buildings stretching for miles; then go during the day.

But, if you want a more relaxed and less busy experience to match with thousands of lights beaming from Tokyo’s skyline, then go at night.

I am convinced that no matter what time of day you choose to visit, you will not be disappointed!

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