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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  • You can go up to the 45th floor for amazing views of the city. And its free! Easy with only a 5 min wait. Check it out for sure. Did I mention its free?  more »
  • Fantastic view at the top of the metropolitan government building - and it's free! Definitely worth it. It was exceptionally warm at the top - they had the heaters on full blast.  more »
  • The shinjuku government building observation floor is an essential must see during any visit to Tokyo! The views are stunning and access is free! The shop and cafe are also worth a visit but the views...  more »
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  • I came right at sunset to enjoy the Tokyo Skyline and heard that this was a free elevator to the viewing floor of the building. I was very impressed with the view. It was amazing to see the sunset behind Mount Fuji and all the lights across the city light up as the night fell. I recommend visiting this building to get a great sense of the city and it's skyline.
  • If you're in Tokyo, I definitely recommend coming here. There are two observatories, the North and the South. Check the website to make sure of the closing times of each one. It can get pretty crowded during peak times, so plan accordingly. It is a free observatory and you can have a great view of the city of Tokyo. Also a good place to buy some souvenirs.
  • Definitely worth a visit. It's free to enter the observation deck, and although the restaurant (which cannot be entered for free) blocks the side with "the best" view, you can still see plenty of the surrounding city. The gift shop upstairs is very well-equipped and works as a great place to buy some souvenirs while enjoying the view over the city all the way to Mount Fuji if the weather is clear.
  • A government office that attract tourism for high viewing of Tokyo. You'll get amazing view from 40-something floor. Best thing about it compares to the other viewing towers is that it is free and really easy to reach as it is close to stations. Being in the eastern part of the city, you'll get an amazing sight of Mt. Fuji if you have a clear sky. Sadly when I was Shinjuku the sky wasn't on our side, so decided to drop by at night, it still was beautiful and magnificent. There's a nice restaurant with a view of Tokyo Tower if you want to set aside a budget, for it is quite pricey.
  • The government building itself is very beautiful. It is said that it was inspired but the Notre Dame de Paris. We’ve visited the North observatory (the South one was closed) and didn’t like it much. A long line (about an hour) and too many souvenir shops on the top. But the view is quite good
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