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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
The observation deck provides amazing views of Tokyo both day & night. There are shops & a cafeteria there too. There is a tourist information area in the buildings entrance, stamps & postcards could be bought here.
This is the tallest building in Tokyo, with 48 stories, it is 240 metres high. There's no admission fee but be prepared to open your bag as they check everybody. When you get to the top, you'll have great panorama views all over Tokyo and - weather permitting - you can see as far as Yokohama and get a glimpse of Mt Fuji, too. In the evening, the sceneries are absolutely breathtaking. Otherwise there's nothing special worth mentioning, the shops up there are full of tourist souvenir stuff.
The 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building has free access and a great panorama across Tokyo. When we went, we chose the south tower of this twin tower complex to go up. From here on a clear day one should see Mt Fuji. We couldn't - too hazy. However, the view across the city was great. We enjoyed being able to spot our hostel, Yoyogi Park and the Meiji shrine (where we had just been) and central Tokyo. This activity is free - which is pretty neat for budget travellers in Tokyo!
Tokyo Metropolitan Goverment building offers free access to the observation areas on the 45th floor. In expensive Tokyo this is one freebie that should not be missed. On a clear day you can see Mt. Fuji. (the picture on my opening page for Tokyo was taken from here.)
There are two towers to choose from, but the view is pretty much the same- get on the line that is shorter.
1) Go to the tourist information centre at the tokyo metropolitian building at Shinjuku. you can get a brochure/map with cut out discount coupons for the museums and other attractions. Well worth the savings.
The TMG Building No.1 is the tallest building in Tokyo, with 48 stories that tower 240 metres into the sky. It has a twin tower named, surprise, surprise, TMG Building No.2!
Not nearly as tall as Malaysia's own Petronas Twin Towers, it was still worth a visit to the observatory which commands a sweeping view of Tokyo. The part I enjoyed the most was seeing the large green part of Tokyo that was the grounds consisting of Yoyogi Park, Imperial Palace and the Meiji Shrine. It was really a contrast to the rest of Tokyo. As you can see, Tokyo is not all tall buildings but also has well-preserved greenery and low rise residential areas.
Best of all, it's free: One of the few things in Tokyo that IS free. Don't miss it!
Handy Tip for Tourists: Do pick up the Welcome to Tokyo TOKYO Handy Guide from TMG, or Haneda Airport Terminal 1F or at Keisei Ueno Station (in front of the ticket gate). It contains useful information on all the best places to visit and transport tips as well. Yes, it's in ENGLISH!
Open year round. Closed 29-31st Dec & 2-3 January. Re-open on Jan 1st to view the first sunrise of the new year.
The Metropolitan Government Office buildings are located west of Shinjuku station amidst the high-rise district. Most striking is the building that was designed by Kenzo Tange, is the highest skyscraper in Tokyo and is simply called Tochô by Tokyo's people. Its two observatory decks on either tower are without charge for the public. One tower is open until 5 pm, the other and better one until 11 pm. In the latter one you will find stunning views of Tokyo Tower and the rest of Tokyo espescially at night. Souvenir shops and a bar with tables at the glass front are also located up there.
TIP: Turn up the light exposure of your camera for a better outcome on the pictures as the camera makes Tokyo darker than it is!