Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, Nishishinjuku

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Government Building · Hidden Gem · Observation Deck
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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  • This is a great free experience. You take the rapid lift to the observation deck and from there you can see a 360 vista over Tokyo and on a clear day you can see Mount Fuji, 60 miles away. They don't....  more »
  • Not sure if this is open at the moment. I visited before the pandemic and am just getting around to reviewing some places. This was a great experience! You get an unbelievable 360 degree view from...  more »
  • This is a building in Shinjuku. A very tall building rises symmetrically in the sky, which is very beautiful. This building has an observation room, and the view of Tokyo seen from it was very...  more »
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  • This building gets five stars, if you want a FREE observatory in Tokyo. The waiting times at the elevators can quite long some times, but once you get to the top, it is worth it. As far as I'm concerned, the views are spectacular, especially of Mount Fuji. Most of Tokyo's major landmarks are visible from the decks. And it is open till quite late too, so you can enjoy some great night views! The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is a great place to go.
  • Both towers have FREE observation floors. They alternate the open tower depending on the day of the week. Amazing views in all directions. You can see Mt. Fuji on a clear day. I was in the south tower and it has a little gift/snack shop, clean restrooms, water fountains, plenty of seating, and free guides who amble around and can walk you through the sites. There's even a grand piano that anyone can play. Stamp collectors take note, there is a stamp station up here! Make sure to bring something to stamp on. If you forget, you can do what I did and buy a post card for a few hundred yen and use that.
  • A great place to see an amazing view of Tokyo, and it's free. You line up downstairs for the elevator, but the wait is not long. Up at the viewing floor there are 360 views and a cafe and gift shop with reasonably priced items. When I visited in July 2019, there was also live classical music being played in the cafe.
  • the view is great. You can see many places, but unfortunately i came during a rainy day, so the view is not very satisfying, but I believe the view from this place must be very beautiful during a clear day. Definitely gonna come back. It's free tho! you just need to patiently wait in line. Even if I can't really enjoy the view at the moment, but I can enjoy do eye-shopping there since there's a shop and cafe as well.
  • A great place to go with with free access to the observatory overlooking the sky tree, Tokyo tower, yoyogi park and even Mt Fuji on a clear day (like the day I went!) There’s a beautiful piano installed in the cafe now and locals just queue up and play randomly. It was such a beautiful place with great views, great music and just An enjoyable place to be.

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