Panoramic views are my personal favorite and any new city or place I visit, I make it a point to visit all those interesting places from where you get a view from high above. It somehow gives me the feeling of “I’ve seen it all”, and Chiba Port Tower in particular. If you want to see the city of Chiba, the Tokyo Aqua Line and Umihotaru, Disney Resort, Narita Airport all in one shot, the Chiba Port Tower is the place to visit.
Conveniently located from Chiba-Minato Station on the Keiyō Line (15 minute walk), the tower is a unique structure like a towering cube with all four sides of reflecting glass. The day I visited, it was a rather clear day and the glass reflecting the blue sky and some trace clouds, was quite unique. Timelapse action from such heights is one thing which I love to shoot and one example from the Chiba Tower is as below Youtube video I made.
There are many other glass structures in Tokyo, but the Chiba Port Tower with its 125 meters of height with no other tall buildings around it sets the view apart.
The Chiba Port Tower has an extensive parking lot next to the tower and I was interested in getting to the observatory to check what this parking lot would look like from the top. The parking itself is free, and even on weekends there is no big rush to get a space. However, there is a fee of 410 yen to get to the observatory floor. It’s worth checking the tower’s website before you go, as the observation deck is closed if the Metrological Department has strong winds and rough weather alerts.
I took the elevator and located the Café La Plage on the third floor. While having a hot cup of coffee and a few snacks, I could see Umihotaru in the distance, connecting the Kawasaki area and the Chiba side of Kisarazu. The Café La Plage is not rotating, but would it would have been great to have a 360 degree view. I had to think of the rotating cafe at the Kobe Port Tower Cafe, which was a beautiful experience. VIEW FROM thE CAFE…
Chiba Port Tower, a square construction far different from the Tokyo Skytree or the Tokyo Tower is not a crowded place like the Tokyo attractions. If you want to be at rest and enjoy a panoramic view, do consider this on your travel plan.
The Tower on the backside has the bay area of Tokyo and you can spend time good time near the shore sands.
You can also visit the Chiba Koen in summer when lotus flowers are in full bloom. Click here for details