Japan Tokyo Ikebukuro

Sunshine 60 Sky Circus Deck

A symbol of Tokyo’s vitality, offering interactive digital art and expansive city views.

Photo of Sunshine 60 Sky Circus Deck, Japan (Ikebukuro Tokyo by Ryo Fujita)

Perched atop the Sunshine 60 building in Ikebukuro, the Sunshine 60 Sky Circus Deck provides panoramic views of Tokyo from a height of 251 meters. This observatory is a favored tourist spot, blending immersive digital art with interactive features that highlight Tokyo’s culture. The open-air Sky Deck and the glass-walled Sky Bridge are particularly notable, offering expansive views of the urban skyline.

About Sunshine 60 Sky Circus Deck

Built from 1973 to 1978, Sunshine 60 was once the tallest building in Asia, symbolizing Japan’s economic resurgence and modernization. The observatory on the 60th floor is part of Sunshine City, a commercial complex with shops, restaurants, and entertainment offerings. The Sky Circus Sunshine 60 Observatory was renovated and reopened in April 2023. Previously, the site was home to Sugamo Prison, where war criminals were incarcerated post-World War II, before the prison was demolished to make way for the complex.

The building’s architecture combines a reinforced concrete base with a steel-framed tower, reflecting Japan’s expertise in earthquake-resistant structures. Sunshine 60 was known for having the world’s fastest elevator at the time of its completion, showcasing its architectural importance.

Attractions at the Sky Circus include the Tokyo Tower 4D Vision and various interactive shows that merge technology with art. The Sky Party features a virtual celebration using projection mapping, and the Sky Bridge offers a unique perspective with the cityscape below.

The broader Ikebukuro area, where Sunshine 60 is a prominent landmark, is known for its distinct culture, including otaku interests, fashion, and dining options. Ikebukuro offers a diverse range of shops and entertainment venues that appeal to fans of anime, manga, theater, and music.

Sunshine 60 remains a key feature of Tokyo’s skyline, representing the city’s ongoing growth and creativity. Visitors to the observatory can explore Tokyo’s past while engaging with modern digital exhibitions and enjoying the scenery.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Sunshine 60 Sky Circus Deck

Y 10

 Yurakucho Line

 5-10 minute walk (700m)
JY 13

 JR Yamanote Line + 4 more

 10-20 minute walk (0.9km)
M 24

 Marunouchi Line

 10-20 minute walk (1.4km)

Around Sunshine 60 Sky Circus Deck

Sunshine 60 Sky Circus Deck

Lookout in Tokyo

open 10am - 9pm
closed Irregularly


サンシャイン60, 東京

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