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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  • By the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building, we had great views of Tokyo and the adjacent region of the observation deck on the 45th floor. Sunday morning it was not too crowded, so that it was progressing well without waiting.
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  • As expected. No line when we got there, so it was worth it, but nothing i would prioritize. On top you get a view of the city and an option to buy souvenirs from different stalls.  more »
  • If you wanna see the city by night, then you have to wait at least 20 minutes to get up since the line is huge. Everybody wants to go up. If you go during the day, it's pretty easy/fast and the view i...  more »
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  • Fabulous views available from the top of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Admission is FREE! We were able to spend as much time as we wanted on the 45th floor, took plenty of pictures, and loved the 360-degree view. We arrived near dusk, so we enjoyed it as the sun went down on the cityscape. The cafe was very nice and the souvenir shop had some nice items, but I enjoyed looking at the local items available at the locally-sourced products festival...so much tea and so many snacks! We enjoyed our visit and recommend it highly!
  • A great place if you want to take a look from the top of this great city Tokyo. The entry is free, so you may have to wait in a line for your turn to get the lift. *The lift is really very fast. 😋
  • Great views from the top. We did the north observatory because there was no line while the south observatory had a lineup. Very cool and worth the stop.
  • It's one of the best free observation decks in Tokyo. There are two decks, the northern and southern deck, with their own souvenir shops and restaurant. The staffs are nice and helpful. Easily accessed from Shinjuku stations (JR or Tokyo Metro). Great place to see Tokyo during the sunset.
  • Great free views from high above Tokyo - we were just able to make out Mt Fuji, too! We went at 3pm and there was no line at all - got straight up in a minute or so after the bag check. Apparently the view from the other tower is slightly different, so check them both out if you get time. My only complaint is that it was really hot up there - it was in winter, but it was too warm. Even after removing all of our jackets and coats, it still felt boiling. Oh well!
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