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Helicopter tours in Tokyo – prices, timings, helipads, night tours

It is always fun to see the layout of big cities from high up in the air, and Tokyo is no different.

Tokyo has many skyscrapers, and many of them, such as Tokyo Skytree, Shibuya Sky, Tokyo Tower, Roppongi Hills, etc. have observatories on the top floors.

But nothing beats the unique perspective one gets when you take off on a helicopter and see Tokyo from above.

In this article, we share everything you must know before you book your helicopter tour in Tokyo.

Day time helicopter tours in Tokyo

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Here are our selections of the best day time helicopter tours in Tokyo.

Tokyo introductory helicopter flight

As the name suggests, this 10-minute heli flight is a fun and beginner-friendly aerial sightseeing in Tokyo.

During this private tour, you can see landmarks such as Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Station Gallery, Imperial Palace, and the Rainbow Bridge.

You will also get a glimpse of the Hamarikyu Gardens, Kasairinkai Park, Odaiba District, Roppongi District, and Kiyosumi Teien.

On a clear day, you can also spot the iconic Mt. Fuji in the distance.

Route of Tokyo introductory helicopter flight
Route of Tokyo introductory helicopter flight. Map Courtesy: Skyview.airos.jp

Tour timings: 10 am to 2.30 pm, every half hour

Cost of the tour: ¥50,000 per group (up to 3)

Tokyo’s skyscrapers helicopter tour

This 45-minute heli tour over Tokyo focuses on the beauty of its cityscape.

During this private tour, you will marvel at the city’s towering skyscrapers.

Behold the landmarks such as the Tokyo Bay, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Rainbow Bridge, Imperial Palace, Kasai Rinkai Park, and more.

The highlight of the tour is Shibuya crossing, world’s busiest intersection, and the National Olympic Stadium.

Route of Tokyo's skyscrapers helicopter tour
Route of Tokyo’s skyscrapers helicopter tour. Map Courtesy: Skyview.airos.jp

Tour timings: 10 am to 3 pm, every half hour

Cost of the tour: ¥120,000 per group (up to 3)

Helicopter tour of Tokyo, Ueno, and Asakusa

Make the most of this 25-minute Tokyo heli tour which shows you around the city in the most comprehensive way.

The chopper then cruises past the Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest tower at 634 meters (6825 feet).

Head on to the Asakusa shrine, Ueno, and other tourist destinations, including the Imperial Palace, Tokyo station, Roppongi, Tokyo Tower, and the Tokyo Bay.

Keep an eye out for the sights of Odaiba District, Rainbow Bridge, Hamarikyu Asahi Hall, Senso-ji Temple, and more.

Route of chopper tour of Tokyo, Ueno and Asakusa
Route of chopper tour of Tokyo, Ueno and Asakusa. Map Courtesy: Skyview.airos.jp

Tour timings: 10 am to 3 pm, every half hour

Cost of the tour: ¥120,000 per group (up to 3)

Tokyo to Fuji helicopter tour

This helicopter shuttle service transports you from Tokyo to the UNESCO world heritage site of Mt. Fuji.

This one-way service provides the fastest access to Mount Fuji in just 35 minutes.

The ride between the two attractions is synonymous with a dreamy aerial stroll.

Tour timings: 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm

Cost of the tour: ¥65,000 per person

Fun Fact: The city of Tokyo has at least 80 buildings with helipads, the highest in the World. Skyscrapers in Tokyo are advised to have helipads to assist in rescue operations during fire and earthquakes.

Private Tokyo helicopter ride

Tokyo to Mt Fuji heli tour
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This Tokyo helicopter flight is possibly the most versatile option of all.

You get options of airtime, itinerary, and private hotel transfers.

Tokyo has never looked better before taking this heli tour!

You witness the Tokyo Tower and Skytree on the 20-minute tour, the Tokyo Tower, Skytree, and Shinjuku city on the 30-minute tour, and the Fuji/Hakone area, Tokyo Tower, Yokohama, and Enoshima on the 90-minute tour.

Tour timings: Depending the option you have chose, the tours take place may start 9.30 am and continue up to 3.30 pm

Cost of the tour

20-minute tour: ¥91,000 per person
20-minute with transfers: ¥75,000 per person
30-minute tour: ¥135,000 per person
30-minute with transfers: ¥100,000 per person
90-minute tour: ¥190,000 per person
90-minute with transfers: ¥230,000 per person

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Tokyo helicopter tours at night

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Night flights over Tokyo are exceptionally breathtaking, as the city lights up with bright lights once the sun goes down.

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Tokyo city lights helicopter tour

Witness the ravishing aerial sights of Tokyo City on this 22-minute nighttime helicopter tour.

The nocturnal beauty of the Tokyo Skytree, Asakusa district, and Tokyo Station Gallery is enhanced manifolds when you view them from the sky.

See more withing minutes than you would have on ground in days.

Route of Tokyo night lights helicopter tour which starts from Funabashi helipad
Route of Tokyo night lights helicopter tour which starts from Funabashi helipad. Map Courtesy: Skyview.airos.jp

Departure: Funabashi helipad, 1 Chome-44 Kanasugi, Funabashi, Chiba 273-0853, Japan (Get directions)

Tour timings: 5.30 pm to 8 pm

Cost of the tour: ¥95,000 per group (up to 3)

A similar tour is the 25-minute Tokyo Skytree + Downtown City Lights Helicopter Tour which takes you over sites, such as the Tokyo Tower, Odaiba, Shibuya, and more.

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From where do helicopters take off

Helicopter tours over Tokyo take off from different heliports based on the time of the tour you choose.

Day time helicopter tours

All daytime Tokyo helicopter rides start from Tokyo Heliport.

Address: 4-chōme-7-25 Shinkiba, Koto City, Tōkyō-to 136-0082, Japan. Get Directions

The Tokyo heliport is five minutes by car (or taxi) from Shinkiba station.

From the station, you can also take a bus to reach the heliport.

Bus Stop No 1: The bus bounded for the Wakasu campsite
Bus Stop No 2: Board the bus bounded for Toyocho, or Shinkiba Zyunkan

This heliport gets used for flights in the Greater Tokyo Area by both the Government and private helicopter tour companies. 

The Tokyo heliport has a waiting room and restrooms.

Night time helicopter tours

The night heli tour of Tokyo depart from the Funabashi heliport .

Address: 1 Chome-44 Kanasugi, Funabashi, Chiba 273-0853. Get Directions

Funabashi heliport is about 15 minutes by car (or taxi) from both Funabashi Station and Keisei-Funabashi Station.

Watch this video for the route to follow:

Since it is a vacant lot with not much covering, it is better to come dressed in layers. We recommend shoes as well.

Funabashi heliport does not have a waiting room or a restroom. 

Restroom facilities are available at a convenience store nearby. 

After your sightseeing trip is over, you will land at the same place from where the helicopter took off.

Time of the helicopter tours

The helicopter tours in Tokyo are operational all through the week. 

The first batch of these tours can start taking off 9 am onwards.

They continue to take off in slots up to 4 pm. During winter, they stop a little earlier.

The first batch of night helicopter tours start departures at 5.30 pm.

They continue to take off in slots up to 8 pm.

Restrictions strictly followed

Weight limits apply for safe and comfortable helicopter rides over Tokyo.

A minimum and maximum number of passengers are required on these tours, failing which, they will be canceled.

Most of these tours are not wheelchair accessible.

The plan of Tokyo heliport departure is a part of the terrorism countermeasure of Tokyo, and photography and the picture taking in the site are banned. Passengers who would like to commemorate Memorial in front of the helicopter, please consider Funabashi helport and the night course from Yokohama Nishi heliport. It is possible to shoot in the helicopter and shoot during flight.

Passengers who have gone scuba diving in the past 24 hours can’t go on a helicopter tour. Find out how long to wait after scuba diving before you can fly

No other animals except service animals are allowed onboard.

Since all the chopper tours in Tokyo are private only your group will take off together.

Infants must be seated in the caregivers’ laps throughout the flight.

You must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time.

A valid passport or ID card is required.

Flight times are approximate subject to weather conditions.

Seating arrangements may often be in the hands of the tour organizers for a safe and stable flight.

How many people in one helicopter

Skyscrapers of Tokyo
Skyscrapers of Tokyo as seen from above. Image: Viator

When you book a helicopter tour over the city of Tokyo, you charter the flight. 

That means you will be charged one price for up to three people. 

Even if you are one person, you will be paying for the whole helicopter ride, and that is why there is no minimum number of passengers required for confirmation of the tour. 

On most of the tours, including the Pilot, there is a limit of four people per helicopter. 

Kids on helicopter tours

Children under two years of age can join the tour for free, and they must sit on their parents’ lap.

Parents must also carry the kid’s proof of age.

If your kid is three years, they must sit separately as an adult. Infant seats are available in the helicopters. 

All helicopter pads are stroller accessible as well.

Weight restrictions

Aerial view of Tokyo harbour
Aerial view of Tokyo harbour. Image: Viator

Most of the helicopters used for tours over Tokyo are three-seater machines. 

Since they are smaller helicopters, a passenger may not exceed 130 Kgs (286 lbs), and the total weight of all the passengers can’t exceed 240 Kgs (530 lbs). 

Before take-off, the pilot and the ground staff will make sure the passengers’ weight is distributed evenly in the helicopter. 

If you don’t meet the weight criteria, the pilot can refuse to take off. 

Accessibility to the tours

Tokyo’s skyscrapers helicopter tour and Helicopter tour of Tokyo, Ueno, and Asakusa are completely accessible to guests with disabilities.

The aircraft, transportation, and surfaces are completely wheelchair accessible, preventing any inconvenience for the guests.

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Cancellation policy of air tours in Tokyo

If you cancel at least 24 hours before your helicopter tour is scheduled, you qualify for a 100 percent refund.

Cancellations made within 24 hours of the start date of the tour won’t receive any refund.

When helicopter ride gets canceled

Sometimes because of bad weather or technical issues in the helicopter, a planned trip may not happen.

In such a case, the helicopter tour operator will offer a different date or a full refund. You get to decide. 

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