Day 5. Roppongi, Mori Tower.

After Ghibli museum we briefly returned to our hotel to pick another camera and tripod and then headed to Roppongi Hills area hoping to get to Mori Tower's sky deck in time for sunset.

Unfortunately we miscalculated the time needed and arrived somewhat late, so no stunning sunset pictures.

Moori tower in the evening
Mori Tower.

Photo crew near sakura tree
Looks like some photo production crew is preparing for a photo-shoot.

After taking these shots we continued to the Tower. The entrance fee is 1500 yen per person (at the time of this writing) to get to the top and then 300 yen to get outside.
Also it turned out that they don't allow to take tripods to the SkyDeck, probably not to jeopardize their business of taking night photos of visitors and selling them to you.

On top of the Mori tower, sunset
As we got up the sun had already set.

The elevation is 238m above ground.

Tokyo Tower from SkyDeck

Tokyo from SkyDeck
Tokyo Tower and surrounding area.

While there was some amount of light still I took some series for HDR images that turned out somewhat interesting:

Sunset over Tokyo from SkyDeck

Sunset over Tokyo from SkyDeck

Sunset over Tokyo from SkyDeck

Sunset over Tokyo from SkyDeck

Then it became just too dark for anything but static shots. Of course with no tripods allowed people were trying to put their
cameras on a fence, but that mostly did not help due to fence being mostly round on top with exception of handful rectangular
connecting pieces.

Tokyo Tower from SkyDeck
Tokyo Tower again with more darkness.

Night Tokyo from SkyDeck

Night Tokyo from SkyDeck

Night Tokyo from SkyDeck

Night Tokyo from SkyDeck

Night Tokyo from SkyDeck
It quickly became even more dark and shutter speed decreased to multiple seconds.

Motion-blurred night lights of Tokyo
Eventually I moved the camera while still taking picture and this was the result. Look somewhat interesting I think.

Night Tokyo from SkyDeck

Night Tokyo from SkyDeck

Night Tokyo from SkyDeck

Night Tokyo from SkyDeck

Night Tokyo from SkyDeck

Night Tokyo from SkyDeck

Night Tokyo from SkyDeck

Night Tokyo from SkyDeck

Night Tokyo from SkyDeck
Still more of night pictures of the surrounding area. Beautiful.

It was pretty cold and windy at the top too.

SkyDeck at night

SkyDeck at night
Night view of the top platform.

Finally after feeling frozen enough we decided to go down.

Chocolate Fountain
While chocolate fountain in the shop at the top.

Sakura tree at night
Same sakura tree we saw on the way to the Tower.

Mori Tower at night
Mori Tower at night.

Small garden near Mori tower at night

Roppongi Hills area at night
Small garden at the base of the Mori tower.

Roppongi Hills area at night
Surrounding buildings.

Roppongi Hills subway station
Roppongi subway station from where we headed back to our hotel.

For dinner we decided to go to some sushi place for a change. There was some place called "Kaiten Sushi" nearby from the hotel.

It turned out that "Kaiten Sushi" means "sushi on a rotating table", so you just sit there and pick whatever plates you like from the moving surface in front of you. If something from the menu you like did not appear for a long time you can also tell the cook to make it and he'll hand it right to you (e.g. I never have seen Unagi on the moving surface, probably because it needs to be warm).

Kaiten Sushi

Kaiten Sushi
Rolling surface.

Empty plates in Kaiten Sushi
"Tower" of plates. Plates have a different color/pattern combination depending on how expensive was the food on it. After you are done eating the waiter counts different plates, multiply by prices and that is your bill.

Kaiten Sushi

boiled squid legs sushi
Cooked squid legs. 180 yen

Horse Mackerel sushi
Horse mackerel. 240 yen

Sardine Sushi
Sardine sushi. 240 yen

The place turned out to be much cheaper than I thought. Pretty cheap compared to sushi in US or Russia too.

Our overall bill added up to 4720 yen (around $50).

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Entrence fee is 1800yen not 3000

Hm, you are right. The entrance fee was 1500 per person. It's just my records indicate I paid 3000 yen and I forgot to mention it was for two of us. I am going to fix it now.

Thanks for brigning this to my attention.