Sky Circus Sunshine60 Observatory

Sky Circus Sunshine60 Observatory, Toshima: Hours, Address, Sky Circus Sunshine60 Observatory Reviews: 4/5

Sky Circus Sunshine60 Observatory

Sky Circus Sunshine60 Observatory
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Observation Decks & Towers
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Ikebukuro
Ikebukuro is an area of massive development. Several thousand tenants occupy two giant department stores and shopping malls, where all sorts of shopping and gourmet foods can be enjoyed. The 60-story building at the east entrance of the station, Sunshine City, is a landmark within Ikebukuro and features an aquarium, planetarium, theme park as well as an observation platform. The popular name for the western side of this area is "Otome Road" (Maiden Road) and there are many shops selling products related to anime with a female theme. It has rapidly become the worldwide headquarters for ‘otaku’ or geek culture.
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M. L.
Singapore, Singapore410 contributions
Jan 2020
If you find yourself in Sunshine City Ikebukuro, this is the observatory at the top. The place is built with interactive installations through the walk around the building but I think the best view you get is the very first set of windows as you walk through the circus tent entrance.

There are some VR rides and games in the tower and the cannon ride one has the longest queue at about 30-45 minutes on the off-peak time I went. Definitely take your time wandering about first before queueing. The cannon ride was thrilling and immersive.

There is a Tully's cafe in the observatory as well, and it was quiet and peaceful during the off-peak hour I went. I waited for the sunset to take nice pictures there.

I don't see myself coming back again, but it's a nice place to visit in the area that is not as busy as the mall and streets in this district.
Written February 7, 2020
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Fran S
Maidstone, UK42 contributions
May 2018 • Family
The best views of Tokyo can be seen from up here!! We went to the observatory deck back in 2014 which had the same stunning views however upon visiting this year 2018 they had redesigned it to now include the sky circus. We did not pay any extra for the sky circus activities however realised they had added many more features and things to do up there to make the visit much more interesting. All whilst admiring the views. When we came in the day in 2014 we were able to see Mt Fuji however decided to visit in the evening this time for a different perspective. It did not disappoint - I would recommend an evening visit as it was much more quiet and seeing all lights across the city was beautiful. Would recommend.
Written May 22, 2018
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Hanmin J
Woking, UK901 contributions
Dec 2016 • Solo
Only dissatisfaction is price, 1,800 yen without VR experiences (additionally 400~600 yen for each). My guide book say the price 600 yen, but at this time, I have to pay 1,800 yen. It would be more high at night, over 2,000 yen.
But, worthy to visit. Clean and big windows make your unforgettable experience. One of perfect observatory for seeing Skytree and Tokyo tower.
B1 floor for buying ticket and taking the elevator, so not easy to find the route in your first visit.
* You can choose Bunkyo civic center free of charge in the case of bad weather. Always, all of us will be disappointed such a weather.
Written December 9, 2016
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Sushiplease
USA48 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
The view from this building is OFF THE HOOK. And then you also get a weird "circus" and amazing wall of peek a boo holes that contain fantastic little optic fiber (?) sculptures (don't miss these). There's also a cool projected digital art room with mirrors everywhere that's very Kusama. Then there are pay as you go VR experiences which are hilarious and fun.

Buy the ticket that includes the Aquarium (which is in another building but accessible through a long hallway). It's small but has some great exhibits.

Only hard part is finding this building in the first place. We wandered around for 20 minutes trying to decipher Google maps...but that's Tokyo for you!
Written April 24, 2019
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Delboylin
Hong Kong, China83 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
After a very chaotic ticket purchasing procedure where we had to wait for no apparent reason whilst they issued us with our tickets and change - 10 minutes to do this - we went inside. Unfortunately, we had just come up from the floor below for lunch, so the view wasn’t as breathtaking as some might have experienced and the attractions for the kids were mediocre at best.

Perhaps the best attractions are the VR games but if you’re lucky, you may only have to wait an hour or so. Oh, and you have to be at least seven to try them.

I’d say this is a good way to kill an hour or two but I wouldn’t class it as a destination in its own right. Much better things to do in Japan!
Written August 11, 2018
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Miu2000
Vancouver, Canada84 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
I was there to try the new VR machine. The whole sky circus decorated with fantasy theme. Ladies would be a big fan. The view is fantastic but it can't compare with the skytree view for sure. I like the price better than the skytree. If you ask me to choose between skytree and sky circus, I would go for sky circus. And it is quite romantic in the evening that you can also see the night sky view as well. Don't expect too much with all those little games in the sky circus. It's more like optical illusion.

Overall, I like this one time (2000 yen) experience but would not go for the second price. It is still worthwhile to spend the money to this place than to the skytree.
Written May 31, 2016
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JimmySydney01
Sydney, Australia268 contributions
Dec 2014 • Friends
This was my 2nd visit to Sunshine 60 Observatory. In each visit, I was a "tour guide" for my friends. I purposely chose this place for them.

The access is via Sunshine City complex. So if you are in Ikebukuro, you will first look for "Sunshine 60 Street", and then for the pharmacie Matsumoto Kiyoshi, and then Tokyu Hands Store and Sunshine City. (Matsumoto Kiyoshi, Tokyu Hands Store and Sunshine City are located almost adjacent to each other).

Once inside the Sunshine City, look for a sign for Sunshine 60 Observatory and its dedicated lifts. They are a very fast lifts which give you a little planetarium show while inside.

Once you get to the level 60, you buy your ticket, (it was 600 yen / AUD$6 per adult when I went). You can then spend as much time as you want in the observatory.

If the weather is nice, you get a very good view of Mt Fuji in the morning, so for that reason I would recommend you go visit this place before lunch.

The observatory is open in the evening so if you are impressed enough with this place in the morning, you can easily make another visit in the evening. After all, it only costs 600 yen.

I would personally prefer Sunshine 60 Observatory to Tokyo Tower, as Sunshine City really gives you a much better view of the whole of Tokyo.

Although I have been to this place twice already, I know I will return many more times in future when I travel to Tokyo.
Written January 3, 2015
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Sallwow
Nashville, TN32 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Not as tall as Sky Tree and in some ways more entertaining than Tokyo Tower. Well worth a visit for fantastic views and fun extras (light shows, installations). Amazing shopping and restaurants as well. Loved it!
Written June 18, 2019
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Amar
Minato, Japan121 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
We visited this place in the afternoon with young child. It’s located in Sunshine city building on 60th floor. It can be reached by dedicated elevator so look for relevant sign boards.

Tickets can be purchased online or onsite. For us waiting time was not much.

Views are awesome over Tokyo skyline and you can see area from Roppongi Hills to Sky tree. It also has many entertainment items like funny mirrors, light shows and many selfi spots.

There are couple of VR shows however seats are limited and separate ticket is required. Overall it may take 2-3 hours to experience. There are few food options which are good but bit expensive.

Overall good experience.
Written October 28, 2018
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adelaide_john
Adelaide, Australia110 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
This was the best observation deck we found in Tokyo. It is cheap and quiet. We had no issues with crowds and the views were amazing.
There are some VR exhibitions which seem aimed at kids, which we skipped.
There is a small cafe with some decent food.
Written July 15, 2017
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