The cars on the expressway look like toys and the only things above you are the planes taking off from Haneda, an airship lazily floating by and the ubiquitous crows. It was my first time to go up on the roof at Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills and I would very much recommend it if you are in the area.
It is a chance to regain perspective, to see the now-familiar landmarks and look past them towards the horizons that you would never know are there when you are at street level. As per usual whenever I go to one of these viewing platforms, Mount Fuji was hiding behind a veil of clouds. What else can you expect from such a ‘shy mountain?’
Don’t think I will ever get bored of looking at the city I call home from high up. Luckily, there are a range of viewpoints with Tokyo Tower, the Skytree and the Metropolitan Government building also providing a Godzilla-eye view of the metropolis. As the Drifters sang,
On the roof it’s peaceful as can be
And there the world below can’t bother me
When the bustle of Tokyo starts to get too much, if you can’t get out – to the beach or mountains – the next best thing is to go up.
Thanks to the good friends visiting from home who inspired the occasion!