Attraction 2 Chome-8-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0023, Japan Published on: 26-02-2016
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Why Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is special ?
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, also referred to as Tochō for short, houses the headquarters of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which governs not only the 23 wards, but also the cities, towns and villages that make up Tokyo as a whole.
Located in Shinjuku, the building consists of a complex of three structures, each taking up a city block. The tallest and most prominent of the three is Tokyo Metropolitan Main building No.1, a tower 48 stories tall that splits into two sections at the 33rd floor. The building also has three levels below ground. The design of the building (which was meant to resemble a computer chip), by architect Kenzo Tange (and associates), has many symbolic touches, most notably the aforementioned split which re-creates the look of a Gothic cathedral.
What to explore at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building?
As with other observatories, you can see many landmarks of the Tokyo City, but our favourite is the Mount Fuji in the distance which can be seen on a particularly clear day. Gets pretty crowded near this view point.
Here you can enjoy a panoramic view of Tokyo from 45th Floor of Building No.1. With favorable weather conditions, famous landmarks such as Mount Fuji, the Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine and the Tokyo Dome can be seen from the observatories.
The North Observation Deck, which is open until 10:30 p.m. has a cafe which is good to enjoy coffee, drinks at night. There is also a Tourist Information Center on the Level One of the building and you can pick up needful brochures, maps there or get guidance for any inquiries you may have.
How to get to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building?
Tocho-mae Station on the Oedo Subway Line is located in the basement of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Alternatively, the building can be reached in a ten minute walk from the west exit of JR Shinjuku Station.
- Great view of Tokyo for free
- orgeous night view of the Tokyo city
- Free observation of Tokyo & view of Mt. Fuji
- Cheap and unique eating experience
- Stunning views on clear days & evenings
2 Chome-8-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0023, Japan
Tips for you
Highly recommend!! Great view and FREE. I came here with my friends after dinner around 10:00pm but I believe the Observation Deck closes at 11:00pm. When you walk into the building, there will be a small security check before they allow you to go up to the deck. Once you get up there, it is very quiet. Window panels surround nearly the entire deck, opening to a beautiful night view of Tokyo. On a good day, you can see Mt. Fuji from the deck. I suggest coming here during the day if you want to really catch a view of the city and landscape. The night time view is equally as beautiful but it's just obviously so much more visible in the day. Unfortunately for us, we couldn't really see Mt. Fuji the night we went because 1) it was dark and 2) it was cloudy. **Most of the people at the observatory deck were young couples. In fact, when I was talking to a man I met at the hostel in which I was staying that I was planning on going to the Tokyo Metropolitan Gov't Observatory, he said, "Don't go by yourself. Go with a boy friend. Or better yet, a boyfriend." "Why?" "Because you don't want to look like a loser. Hell, I just asked a random girl I met outside the building if she wanted to go up with me." Right. Well, thanks for the tip. There's also a small gift shop in the centre floor of the deck, selling a range of souvenirs, from stickers and keychains to chopsticks and stuffed animals and even socks. My friends and I had a lot of fun. The Observatory is a short walking distance from Shinjuku. Even though we weren't able to go up to see the city from the Tokyo Sky Tower, we still enjoyed a magnificent view of Tokyo.
Free observation deck
We went to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office around 8pm after visiting Ginko tree avenue in autumn and souvenir shopping at Oriental Bazaar in Harajuku /Omotesando. Tokyo Government Office was a great place for free viewing of Tokyo. We did asked for directions from local to get there as we were a bit confused of the direction. Make sure you have Japanese name of the building. When we arrived ...there is a short queue going up the building...once inside you will be surprised of the view...it was so breathtaking to see Tokyo at night. It was so beautiful and from up there you can see that Tokyo really is a huge city...a megacity indeed. And for us it was kinda of fun to spot familiar landmarks like Tokyo Tower and Skytree amidst all the lit up highrise buildings that characterised Tokyo. I love this place...such a great view for free. Come here if you don't feel like paying for Skytree or Tokyo Tower..:-).