Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, Shinjuku

4.4
#6 of 2,148 in Things to do in Tokyo
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 .
Create an itinerary including Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings

(Tokyo is the nearest city to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings)

map
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
5,249 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • Free access to the observation floor giving an excellent view of the city and the site of the future Olympic stadium for 2020. Superbly clean and well maintained in ecological surroundings. No questio...  more »
  • Unfortunately was only the North Tower open., Vista was basically OK, but it was brutally hot and very unclean for Japanese Verhähltnisse. We could have done more on the South Tower our view would be maybe even slightly better. Plus point, you have no money to spend.
    View original
  • Free surplus. Choose his day if we hope to have a point of view on Mount Fuji. Apart from that a branch of the tourist office has inside
    View original
Google
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Plan your trip to Tokyo

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Tokyo

Tokyo abounds with excellent places to stay, from luxury affairs to humble budget-friendly lodgings. Its glittering skyscrapers house numerous international four- and five-star hotels, both in the populous cultural hotspots of Shinjuku and in the business centers of Akasaka and Shinbashi. Meanwhile, hostels catering to the shoestring traveler lie scattered throughout the city. For a memorable, distinctly Japanese experience, seek out a ryokan, a traditional bed and breakfast with tatami floor mats and sliding screen doors.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Tokyo by other users

15 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Japan BY A USER FROM INDONESIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, teens, kids, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 10 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Asia & Middle East BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Japan BY A USER FROM JAPAN November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Japan BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA November, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Japan BY A USER FROM JAPAN November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Japan BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Tokyo BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Tokyo BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES January, teens, popular PREFERENCES: January, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 25 days in Japan BY A USER FROM URUGUAY January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans