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. With our custom trip planner, Tokyo attractions like Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The building itself is amazing but the view from the top allows 360 degree views of Tokyo. It's more a perspective to appreciate and understand the size of the city. The extended views are offered fro...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    It is often personally to become indebted in the license renewal. Could you pleased whenever someone came to sightseeing in Tokyo and take you to the Observatory. Tokyo Metropolitan Government building seen from the outside is great. Cherry blossom season is really beautiful.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Recommended to take the South Tower (Lift J45) and has the view of the Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree beside other highrise building. Can see Meji Shrine too with a powerful zoom lens. (FREE entrance) ...  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    This place is nested in the midst of office blocks. It's less intensely visited compared to the shopping districts and crazy pedestrian crossings elsewhere in Tokyo. Definitely a great area to walkabout in the vicinity after the visit to the towers. Known for the free views, it is indeed spectacular. Weekday mid afternoons seemed to be great with less crowd, walking and breathing space.
  • June 20, 2017
    Go to the South Observatory for best views. Free and great view of Tokyo! The North's has a portion of the view reserved for 'Good View' cafe, so unless you eat there you won't be able to see the best view from the North observatory. Lots of souvenirs atop both towers.
  • June 15, 2017
    View of Tokyo from above for free. Especially recommended at night. After 9pm is probably a better time, because a lot of people leave around that time. The staff is super nice!! I lost my phone and the service was helping me until I found it.
  • July 10, 2017
    Free view of Tokyo! A must stop. You can see Mt Fuji in the distance. There is a South and North view. I did the south. Cafe and gifts on the top.
  • June 27, 2017
    Fantastic place to receive a free view of tokyo from the observatory. Would definitely recommend. There is a gift shop in the north tower and a cafe also. Getting up and down took no time.

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