Metropolitan Government Office Building, Tokyo

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2-8-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku 03-5321-1111

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    Observation Decks at Tokyo Metropolitan Govt Bldg

    by Ewingjr98 Written Apr 10, 2015

    The observation decks at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku offer some of the best views over Tokyo (along with the Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower). There are two decks, one in the north tower and one in the south tower of the same building. Both decks are on the 45th floor of the main building, located 202 meters above the surrounding city. The south deck is said to offer better daytime views into the heart of the city, while the north deck is preferred at night by some.

    South Observation Deck: Open 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Closed 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month)
    North Observation Deck: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. (Closed 2nd and 4th Monday of each month)

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    Exterior, interior building of the town hall

    by shavy Written Feb 25, 2015

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    Besides to its 48-story building, the exterior and interior are both worth to see. As we walk all the way from Hibiya Park, we don't mind walking so long, was good exercise in the morning and is the best way to explore the city.

    Before entering the building we walk around. Below the complex there were like offices, I'm not sure. Is a rounded form square, surrounded by high rise buildings which gives an excellent view of the place. The interior is big, nice and modern. On the lowest floor is the metro. Really a nice place to stroll

    Interior of town hall
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    Metropolitan Government Building

    by shavy Written Feb 25, 2015

    The Town Hall of Tokyo is 243 meters located in Shinjuku, the business heart of Tokyo. The impressive building was designed by the Japanese Kenzo Tange. This building is often called Tokyo Metropolitan Main Building No.1. The city has several government buildings, Metropolitan Main Building No.2 is 163 meters high, number three is only 41 meters high. The two towers of the skyscraper are accessible to tourists and are free to the public and include souvenir shops and a few cafes. They are open until 23:00 on weekdays. On the 45th floor, the view over the city is very special

    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices. It sound exciting while looking at it. Going to the 45th floor in 45 seconds with an elevator is not so bad. If you got lucky to have a nice weather during your visit, you'll have the view of Mt Fuji. Unfortunately, there were a some clouds the day we go up that throw a spanner in the works, but still nice to look out over the vast city. Add the fact that this trip was free, and you currently have a nice morning or afternoon

    Taken outside before entering
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    Many skyscrapers and modern buildings

    by shavy Written Feb 25, 2015

    How to get there:
    Tocho-mae Station on the Oedo Subway Line is located in the basement of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Alternatively, the building can be reached in a ten minute walk from the west exit of JR Shinjuku Station.
    Hours and Fees:Free

    Hours: North Observatory: 9:30 to 23:00 South Observatory: 9:30 to 17:30 (until 23:00 when North Observatory is closed) Admission end 30 minutes before closing time
    Closed: North Observatory: 2nd and 4th Monday of each month (next day if national holiday)
    South Observatory: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month (next day if national holiday)
    Both observatories: December 29 to January 3 (except January 1)

    The city has many free attractions. For a good view, there is the town hall in Shinjuku. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building has two towers and two free visitors to the 45th floor. The panorama with skyscrapers of Shinjuku in the foreground and the endless sea of houses and roads around it is breathtaking.

    Once you are inside the building you'll pass to a machine where you have to put your handbags or duffel-bag for inspection and then there is someone on the elevator who guide to the view deck. At the upper view deck there is a cafeteria, souvenir shop, restrooms and seating area, if you want to stay the rest of the day gazed the view is possible, nobody chase you

    On the same level where we enter, before getting to the subway, there is a tourist information. As a tourist in Tokyo, you also have right of some facility offer in the city, such as wireless internet everywhere. You can registered here and they will give you activation code number for wireless internet.

    See them all at the 45 floor
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    Gain Information of Local Regions in Japan

    by taigaa001 Written Oct 1, 2014

    It is very difficult to gain information of Japanese regions other than Tokyo, Kyoto or other popular tour areas unless you visit the information office in Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Shinjuku. You can have foreign language travel brochures of every region of Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa there.

    Gaining information of regional areas of Japan In English, Korean and Chinese
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    Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

    by toonsarah Written Nov 16, 2013

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    At the western edge of Shinjuku’s skyscraper district is this, its tallest. Indeed, when it was built in 1991 it was the tallest in the city, an honour it held until 2006 when it was overtaken by the Midtown Tower. It was designed by architect Kenzo Tange and intended to resemble a computer chip (no, I can’t see it myself!), while the twin towers are said also to echo the design of a Gothic cathedral. It is 48 stories high with three further levels below ground, and splits into its two towers at the 33rd storey height. Both towers have an observatory on their 45th floor which is open to the public and free of charge.

    On a good day you can see Mount Fuji from here; on a bad day you can’t see further than the next skyscraper. Unfortunately we had a very bad day! Of course we knew how bad the weather was before ascending and had no illusions that we might get much of a view, but it was free and promised time in the warm and dry, so we headed up. I had reckoned on poor visibility but, rather stupidly, had not considered that the glass windows would also be streaming with rain, which made it even worse. So – no great photos even of the surrounding streets, but it was fun to be so high for a while and peer down at the traffic (light as it was a Sunday), although frustrating to be told by informative plaques at every window about the great sights we weren’t seeing!

    The towers are open every day apart from December 29 to January 3 (except January 1st), although they alternate some Monday and Tuesday closures each month. The South Tower closes at 17.30 but the North stays open till 23.00 and I imagine would give a great view of the lights of Shinjuku. Note that as this is a government building your bags will be subject to a security check before going up.

    This was the last of the sights we visited in Tokyo. It was almost time to go home, a journey that started for us with the airport bus.

    Looking down Looking straight down
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    The Views From Observation Deck

    by taigaa001 Written Jul 14, 2013

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    Tokyo Metropotalian Government Office buildings has two observation decks, south deck and north deck and both are free of charge to enter but personal belonging checks are required before riding on an elevator. From there you can see almost every skyscraper in Shinjuku and nearby areas, Tokyo Skytree, Shinjuku Gyoen and Yoyogi and Meiji Shrine Woods. To identify the skyscrapers in Shinjuku also see my Shinjuku travel page.

    Viewing Skyscrapers from the ground area Viewing Cocoon Tower Park Hyatt Tokyo(left) and Tokyo Opera City(right) Tokyo Skytree Viewing Early Shinjuku Skyscrapers
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    Shinjuku, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

    by rosequartzlover1 Updated Feb 28, 2012

    This is Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building .It's the tallest building in Tokyo at 248 metres from the base to the top.But it's the second tallest structure after Tokyo tower.It's just a short walk from Shinjuku station.We can go up to observatory deck (on 45th floor ) to see amazing view of Tokyo,free of charge.Open from 9.30 to 11 pm. To go up ,just use elevator from the first floor of main building number1.There are coffee shop and bar up there,including some souvenir.This coffee shop will open as bar at night.It must great experience to sip some drink and see Tokyo from the top at night,but I have no time to do that,it's a pity! .If any body have chance to do that ,please share some pictures.Thank you so much. : )
    If you want to see better view during the day,the best time is in the morning because it's better opportunity to see Fuji mountain and better for taking picture cuz the sun will be behind you and that time still less dust and smog.

    Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building View from the top.

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    Best places for views of the city

    by sourbugger Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Municipal buildings provide a free view from the 45th Floor and are good enough for most purposes - i.e. going up a big building and looking at more big buildings.

    The Website I have listed provides a handy summary of all the big buildings you can go up if your interested.

    Looks like Tokyo to me
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    A good spot to watch Tokyo from above

    by muratkorman Written Aug 29, 2009

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    Tokyo Meropolitan Government Office (Tocho) is a building of twin towers reaching 243 meters height. On 45th floor of each tower are located observatories admission free. Southern tower provides better view than northern tower. You can take some nice pictures of Tokyo and get a better sense of orientation. The observatories are open daily from 9:30 to 17:30 for south observatory to 23:00 for north observatory.

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    View of Tokyo - Tokyo Metropolitan Govt Building

    by chatterley Written Dec 23, 2008

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    You can go up to the observation towers (there are 2 - North and South) at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building to see the view of the city. Admission is free, and at 45 levels above the ground, you can see quite a lot. There is also a cafe and shops selling souvenirs and stuff at the 45th levels. On the 1st level, there is a Tokyo Tourist Information Centre.

    View of Tokyo city

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    Metropolitan Government Office Building

    by kelyeah Updated Aug 25, 2008

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    The observation decks have some great views from the observation level. It's amazing to see how jam packed the streets are with buildings and it just keeps going for as far you can see.
    Something I was a bit surprised to see was the amount of pollution in the air, it was amazing.

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    Metropolitan Government Office

    by imstress Written Aug 12, 2008

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    The Metropolitan Government Office is a twin tower skyscraper located in Shinjuku. The Building No. 1 houses the observatory at the 45th floor . It will take less than a minute via the lift up to the top. On a clear day, the view of Tokyo, surrounding skyscrapers, gardens and even Mount Fuji can be seen.

    There is a snack bar and gift shop on 45th storey.

    The sunset and night views are spectacular. The neon light signboards and big screen light up the whole downtown.

    The exterior of the building is covered by granite. The whie ones are from Spain and the dark ones are from Sweden.

    Opens daily fro 0930 to 2200.

    Admission is Free.

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    Great view of the city

    by spunkmuffin Written Jul 22, 2008

    You can go to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government office to get a great view of the city from above, and it doesn't even cost anything.

    There are two towers, the North Tower and the South Tower, and the views are slightly different from the both of them.

    You might have to wait in line for a little while to get up to the top, but it generally goes pretty quickly.

    Easily accessed from the Shinjuku station.

    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office View from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office View from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office
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    That's a big building!

    by cinthya_in_victoria Updated Dec 6, 2007

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    As my hotel was located in front of the building, I didn't miss the opportunity to visit it. It has a lookout and a souvenir and coffee shop at 45 floor. There are tourst guides to help you to enjoy your visit (in English, Chinese and Korean). The Tokyo Tourist Information Center is located at the ground floor of the first building. Entrance is free! Don't you miss it!!

    A big building!

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