We were really impressed by Fuji TV building, its architecture is unique structure with its sphere on top making it look space-age and modern. Its diameter is 32 meters, in addition to the classic observation deck it was equipped with a first-class Observatory.
It is located located on Odaiba, the manmade island built off the mainland shore of Tokyo, Minato district. The ultra-futuristic building was designed by the architect Kenzo Tange and completed in 1997. It serves as the corporate headquarters of the Fuji Television Network and houses several studios.
You can purchase a ticket for the Hachitama Spherical Observation Room (25th floor) and 24th Floor area from the desk on the 7th floor (Fujisan Terrace) at the top of the escalators. Entrance fee was 700 yen per adult for the observatory. It is closed on Mondays. The building is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The first unique feature that you come across are the escalators. The escalators are horizontal and vertical and are almost like a low-speed roller coaster.
Inside the sphere, there are several floors with different features. On the main floor is the main observatory, with huge windows offering great, scenic views in all directions. The view of Odaiba is easily the main attraction, but there are also things to do while on the main floor. They have special events often so it is not always the same.
The observation deck in the sphere offers very good views of the Rainbow bridge and across the river to Tokyo.
Visiting the Fuji TV Building is not possible to avoid. If you are into Japanese TV, you will find this place exciting. You can also roam around one floor where they have displays of ongoing TV shows. You can walk in the different levels with different themes. This TV produces some shows, then some rooms are decorated with the characters of anime or series or drama.
There is also an autograph wall across from the set showing Japanese and international celebrities who have visited the set.
Fuji TV building and Hachitama Spherical Observation in Odaiba is a must see when in Tokyo. When you stroll around Odaiba along the many shopping malls, the fake Statue of Liberty, the Rainbow Bridge, Ferris Wheel, you can’t miss this architecturally remarkable building.
How to get to the Fuji Television Observatory
Opening Days/Hours (“Hachitama” Spherical Observation Room)
Level 24th Floor
Level 25th Floor