Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, Shinjuku

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Catch sweeping views of the city from one of the two public observation decks at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Completed in 1990, the postmodern building designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange references a Gothic cathedral. Inside, the governing bodies for the entire Tokyo metropolitan area have their headquarters. At 202 m (663 ft), the building's observation decks each contain a cafe and souvenir shop. One of them stays open late, providing glittering views of the skyline on clear nights. Plan to visit Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings during your Tokyo vacation using our convenient Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .
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  • We could see the 360-degree views of Tokyo. In particular, Fuji and the sunset is best. Also, nice views of the Kabuki town.
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  • We were told by locals to go here instead of Tokyo tower as it was free and you got a great view of the city. They were right! Easy to get to and they have a huge viewing deck. There is also the optio...  more »
  • Of people visited the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Mercenary's Observatory. The North and South and two different gates. Also wait for elevator so even on weekdays. North has restaurants, South was selling souvenirs of the city. It is a breathtaking view. Councillor before citizen square looks rather artwork and sculptures, it is play here one day.
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  • Great free views from high above Tokyo - we were just able to make out Mt Fuji, too! We went at 3pm and there was no line at all - got straight up in a minute or so after the bag check. Apparently the view from the other tower is slightly different, so check them both out if you get time. My only complaint is that it was really hot up there - it was in winter, but it was too warm. Even after removing all of our jackets and coats, it still felt boiling. Oh well!
  • Head to the observatory on level 45 for a fantastic way to view the Tokyo cityscape + Mount Fuji (on a clear day). Entry is free of charge and opens from 9:30am. There is a north and south building and Mount Fuji is visible from both. You will need to go through a quick security (bag) check but the wait usually isn't long. Highly recommended !
  • There is no entrance fee to go up the building. You can take a great video or picture up there, but you are not allow to use a tripod. The view on the top is pretty nice as it is located in Shinjuku. There is a restaurant on the top which is usually full. There are also some souvenir shops on the top which sells unique items.
  • Came here during the morning, when there was barely a queue. There is a security check where they ask you to show you the inside of your bag, but it takes two seconds. The garden outside the building is lovely too, with fascinating sculptures. The view itself is fantastic. We couldn't see Mt Fuji that day, unfortunately, but we had a clear view of Yoyogi Park and many strange buildings. Given that entrance is free, this is a fantastic place to come and sight see. The south building apparently has a bigger degree of view, but there's nothing stopping you from going to both!
  • For photographers: Observatory decks provide incredible panoramic views of the city. Go during magic hour on a weekday. It's not crowded and you'll be able to get a ton of shots in a short amount of time.

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