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Shinjuku Sumitomo Building, Shinjuku

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Observation Deck Architectural Building
Anyone with an interest in architecture will enjoy a trip to the top of Shinjuku Sumitomo Building. Step into the one-time fastest elevators in the world, which travel at 540 m (1,771 ft) per minute as they whisk you to the free observation platform and sky lounge restaurants that wait at the summit. At 210.3 m (690 ft) tall, it was the tallest building in the city until 1974, when it was surpassed. Take note of the building's unusual floor plan; built in a triangluar shape with its corners cut off, each of its sides reveal a different view of the city (with the obervatory and restaurants on each side). You'll also notice that the building's triangular atrium extends the full height of the building, creating an impressive sight. Make Shinjuku Sumitomo Building a centerpiece of your Tokyo vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Tokyo trip itinerary maker.
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  • Vi visited memorial museum on 48th floor very interesting but too bad no text in English. Very interesting japan soldiers history  more »
  • Too see the Shinjuku area in lights at night was a beautiful sight. Didn't eat at the restaurant, and waited 15 mins to go up in the lifts, but worth the visit.  more »
  • The Sumitomo building still looks up- to- date so it's a bit hard to believe that it opened in 1974. The top two floors (51 and 52) are almost 200m tall, and house many restaurants, some good, some no...  more »
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  • Food trucks were parked at the entrance during lunch time and was a great place to grab food with coworkers in summer.
  • Nice central view in the city. It's nice how those people can make simple yet amazing things.
  • This district is quintessentially Japanese, skyscrapers and filled with Japanese going about in every direction!
  • Lots of cheap yet good local restaurants
  • If you are a foreigner and rely on public wifi internet access, there is no free public available in the boarding and waiting areas. Other than that, everything is straightforward and simple for a bus terminal. Friendly staff.