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 »
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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.

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