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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  • A great view of Tokyo at no cost. Worth lining up for 15 mins to see the 360 degree views of the city.  more »
  • I wanted to have a city view from Tokyo but because I did not have too much time in the city and did not want to spend a lot of money, I discovered that you can visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government...  more »
  • This was excellent given the lack of lines and the great views from 200m up. Tip for first timers, u can do both the north and south building which are both the same. Pick the smaller line and don't f...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Head to the observatory on level 45 for a fantastic way to view the Tokyo cityscape + Mount Fuji (on a clear day). Entry is free of charge and opens from 9:30am. There is a north and south building and Mount Fuji is visible from both. You will need to go through a quick security (bag) check but the wait usually isn't long. Highly recommended !
  • Came here during the morning, when there was barely a queue. There is a security check where they ask you to show you the inside of your bag, but it takes two seconds. The garden outside the building is lovely too, with fascinating sculptures. The view itself is fantastic. We couldn't see Mt Fuji that day, unfortunately, but we had a clear view of Yoyogi Park and many strange buildings. Given that entrance is free, this is a fantastic place to come and sight see. The south building apparently has a bigger degree of view, but there's nothing stopping you from going to both!
  • Great free place to see Tokyo. Despite being free the lines are much much shorter than the ones at the Skytree and Tokyo Tower. Remember that the East and West towers will have different views due to the parts that are blocked so it's worthwhile to go up both. Different layout in the two towers as well in terms of amenities. The smoking room also has some interesting views.
  • 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.

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