Things to Do Setagaya

Sangenjaya Carrot Tower Observation Deck

Free observation deck on the 26th floor of the oddly named “Carrot Tower” building near the station. This is one of the city’s lesser known treasures, in my opinion. The northern side of the tower looks out onto both Shibuya and Tokyo Tower (Skytree can also be seen in the far distance), while from the south side you can see Mount Fuji on a clear day. The north side also has a restaurant (Sky Carrot) with many tables next to the window and the menu, judging from a brief glance, didn’t seem too expensive given the what you could pay for similar views in the likes of Roppongi Hills or Caretta Shiodome. The night views facing south are admittedly less impressive as Mount Fuji is covered in darkness leaving you only the low residential blocks of Setagaya on which to peer down. It does have a bar which is open until 10pm everyday, however (¥750 for a beer).

Shibuya is to the left and in the far distance you can see Tokyo Skytree
Looking south over Setagaya

The good news for photographers is that you’re entirely free to bring tripods and the housed ventilation units before the glass provider ample space to set up for your shot. And if you make your way to the observation deck on a weekday evening, you should more or less have the place to yourself.

Directions

A short walk from Sangenjaya Station on the Denentoshi Line. Come out of the ticket gates and follow the underground walk way. The elevator to the 26th floor is on the 2nd floor of the building.

Hours

The observation deck is open until 11pm and closed every 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Admission

Free!

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