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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  • A symbolic building in Nishi-Shinjuku. Completed in 1990, 243 m high (202m observation room on the 45th floor). There is a twin tower structure from the 32nd floor where the staff cafeteria etc. are located, and there is an observation room at the top of each. There is a direct elevator from the first floor to the observation room. (As of 2019, the North Observation Office is closed(~January 2020). Although they are separate from north and south, the south observation room has shorter business hours. Of course, the tenants of the observation room are also different. The elevator is different from the north and south of the building, with Mitsubishi on the north side and Hitachi on the south side. The building also has a super-high speed elevator with a speed of 540m/min, but it's only for the office floor, and the observation room is 240m/min and goes up a little leisurely. (Although it's still a fast thing), from 2015 onwards, you will need to take an elevator to the 3nd to 42nd floors, and when you use the office floor and dining room, you will need to fill out the form on the registration table on the 1st and 2nd floors. In 2017, a security gate will be set up to provide temporary admission cards that have been rented. The corridor to the second main building and the Capitol building has been set up on the third floor, but it is also necessary to enter the building now. Abuse is not good, but you can get permission to pass only for the purpose of passing through this corridor extreme, if you mistake the first main office building and the second office building, if you want to see the corridor once, if you want to cross, you may want to offer to the staff once.
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  • We went up the south observatory tower and were told it is the highest viewing deck in Tokyo. We went up this tower instead of the Tokyo Tree or the Tokyo Tower. Unlike the other 2 observations decks ...  more »
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  • I came right at sunset to enjoy the Tokyo Skyline and heard that this was a free elevator to the viewing floor of the building. I was very impressed with the view. It was amazing to see the sunset behind Mount Fuji and all the lights across the city light up as the night fell. I recommend visiting this building to get a great sense of the city and it's skyline.
  • If you're in Tokyo, I definitely recommend coming here. There are two observatories, the North and the South. Check the website to make sure of the closing times of each one. It can get pretty crowded during peak times, so plan accordingly. It is a free observatory and you can have a great view of the city of Tokyo. Also a good place to buy some souvenirs.
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