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As the title says, I'm looking for a place in the city that's open to the public at night and that's high enough to be able to see a big part of the city at night. Are there any hotels or accessible rooftops? I don't mind paying some sort of entrance fee (<30$ let's say) but free is obviously ideal.

The description sounds a little vague, but for example last time I was in Tokyo I went up the Metropolitan Government building and while that kind of view and elevation is what I'm looking for there were way too many people and the reflections from the windows made any photography tricky.

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    "a big part of the city" Tokyo is not a city. – fkraiem Sep 16 '17 at 5:11
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    @fkraiem want to elaborate on that? – silkroad Sep 18 '17 at 13:26
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    @silkroad Technically it's not a city, it's a "metropolitan prefecture" but it is treated like a city in almost every other sense. – Ambo100 Oct 15 '17 at 20:43
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Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills has open-air observation deck on the top.

enter image description here It too has a view of the Tokyo Tower!

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Tokyo Sky Tree is taller than all of these, and the the observation platforms are darkened at night to facilitate the view. At 350-450 meters up, you are enclosed in floor-to-ceiling windows however, so I would recommend bringing a filter that minimizes reflections.

Sky Tree is open in the evening until 21:00. I think the only downside is it is not in a very delightful part of town. So between Sky Tree and a meal, that might be your whole evening.

Tickets cost 2000 - 4000 yen. http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/ticket/

When we were there there was a queue but for a very nominal extra price, we opted to be plucked out of the queue to go straight up.

I don't know why, but Sky Tree appears to be absent from tourist documentation completely.

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You can walk the Rainbow bridge and get completely unobstructed views from there. See for example this video that displays this awesome view. Not a typical sky scraper-view, but a great view nonetheless.

Example still from that video of the view in daytime:

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    That video description says the opening hours are to 9pm April to October, then to 6pm other months - If that's still up to date it might be difficult or not possible to be the bridge in darkness in some months? – user568458 Oct 16 '17 at 22:18
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    "darkness" in downtown Tokyo is relative; but, sunset at the summer solstice is still 7:00 PM. In November, it is 16:45 or earlier. sunrise-and-sunset.com/en/sun/japan/tokyo/2017/november – Kent Oct 18 '17 at 6:57
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Tokyo Tower comes to mind, of course. It's open from 9 am to 11 pm. Great view of Tokyo.

Nearby, the Prince Park Tower hotel has a bar, the Sky Lounge Stellar Garden (I think), which has a great view of Tokyo too.

View from SkyLounge

View from SkyLounge on Tokyo Tower It even has a view on Tokyo Tower :-)

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    From what I remember of Tokyo Tower, there's no outside platform, just the stairs (that have a chain-link fence over the pillars to prevent falls). As for the SkyLounge, at night it is very dark, and you can take reflection-less photos if you go right against the glass. They don't have outdoor areas, if I remember. – user67108 Sep 15 '17 at 13:21
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If your camera has a large enough zoom, the observation decks at Haneda are also a possibility. site link The picture about halfway down on the left with a Pikachu jet shows Sky Tree on the right, and the tip top of Tokyo Tower on the left.

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