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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  • View is amazing and the wait was minimal. Going in the evening is ideal. We had a little trouble finding our way to the elevator for the observation floors but the building appeared to be under constr...  more »
  • The top floor has free night view to watch, in the land of gold in Japan, even in the shrine to pay for the visit, although it is not the best place to watch, is also great!
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  • The advantage of going here instead of going to other observations, is that it's free. And when we visited, there were practicly no lines and no waiting. In a day with good visibility, you can easily ...  more »
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  • This is a great building as an alternative as an observatory platform to the Sky tree in Tokyo. It is free and it offers a fantastic panorama viewing, particularly on the sunny day. Must see from both towers. The buildings are 45 story high. Good luck in your opportunity to see Mt. Fuji !!! (It is very temperamental). There are beautiful and unusual buildings in the area.
  • *free admission *lines to the elevator were long, but they moved quickly. *large windows on all sides of the 45th floor. the view of the city was beautiful! *in addition to the views, there were little shops with curated items for sale from various regions of Japan. Beautiful items for reasonable prices. Great place to buy souvenirs!
  • Worth every penny. It's free. The view could be nice but there's a bunch of cheap gift shops selling very generic junk, which creates a ton of light. Because of that, most of what you'll see in the glass at night is your own reflection. The night we were here, they were only operating one elevator meaning the wait to escape this place took 15 minutes. All in all, it's a free way to spend half an hour but it's also a huge disappointment because of the cheap, crappy stores at the top. I'd rather they just charge an admission fee and make it a decent observatory, and remove the shops.
  • Great views of Tokyo and the surrounding area. It's clean and tidy, the staff are friendly and helpful and best of all it's free. There's a cafe and gift shop at the top and toilets on the next floor down (accessible by stairs). It was a beautiful day when I was there but unfortunately it was quite hazey and you couldn't see Mt. Fuji.
  • Japan is a wonderful country which uses its tax revenues for good things such as this free observatory. Definitely worth a visit. Come at sunset!

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