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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  • The view is great, you just do a little tail because attraction known and free, but it's worth the look
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  • Not much is free, but here it is free to run to the top of the city's modern town hall and look out over the city. On top, there is also a café and souvenir shop. There may be queues on days with good weather.
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  • An excellent place to view the Tokyo skyline and it's free as well as being open late in the evening - we went at about 9pm. It takes a bit of searching (even for us after taking a taxi there) but you can find signs near an underpass and persevere even though it may seem closed. The north tower observatory deck is usually the one to go to. No reservations needed. You will have a security check and then be directed to the elevator. At the top, there are views in almost all directions (the restaurant takes up some of the best windows unfortunately - those facing east into the city). The best windows are actually the ones closest to the elevator down as they face southeast and you can see the Tokyo Tower amongst other skyscrapers. There is also a gift shop open late and legends underneath some windows explaining which buildings you can see. Staff are great.
  • The Tokyo government building is less than a 10 minute walk from JR Shinjuku station, and is so well signed (in English) that you don't need a map to get there. We had been warned that the lines could be greater than 1 hour, but we went just before midday on a weekday and was let in immediately. They have a security check point with a bag check (as it is an official government building) but they let you straight in and up to the deck relatively quickly. It is a free to access, and has gift stores on both north and south decks (they are separate and require you to go back to ground floor to a different lift). On the decks there are staff that describe to you in English what you are seeing otherwise we'd just be looking at random buildings. On a clear day you can see Mt Fuji, however we weren't as lucky. It was nothing special, I've seen plenty of observation decks in different cities.. but this is the first one that didn't require payment.
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