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Published on 06.01.2016
About Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, or Tocho as the Japanese call it, is situated in the West side of Shinjuku station amongst other skyscrapers.
The building was designed by acclaimed Japanese architect Kenzo Tange and was finished in December 1990. The main building has 48 storeys (243m) that splits into two sections at the 33rd floor to resemble a Gothic cathedral.
Both towers have an observation decks at the 45th floor (202m) and you can enjoy the spectacular view of Tokyo for free!
What you can see from the observation deck
• North-east: Tokyo Sky Tree (634m)
• South-east: Tokyo Tower (333m)
• South-west: Shinjuku Park Tower (235m), Tokyo Opera City (234m)
• West: Mt. Fuji
*The best chance to look at Mt. Fuji is a clear and cold winter day between December and February. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to watch it in other seasons due to the moisture in the air.
Which Tower should you go?
There are two towers at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and each have an observation deck, the south and the north. During daytime, there are not many differences between the two, but you can see the popular Odaiba area from the south.
If you want to see the Tokyo night lights, go to the North deck, as it’s open until 23.00, whereas the South deck closes at 17.30. (NB: the day the North deck closes the South deck opens until 23.00) The North deck has a Café bar overlooking the city from the windows, so you can enjoy the night view of this mega metropolis while you dine and drink. (last order 22.00)
NB: Visitors are asked to refrain from using a tripod when taking photographs at both observation decks.
Address: 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Toei Oedo Line <Tochomae> Exit from A3 or A4 (with elevator) 0-minute walk
JR <Shinjuku> Station Exit from East exit: go straight toward ‘West Underground Plaza, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office’ (check the sign board above). Bear left at the round rotary and follow the sign ‘Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office’. Go straight through the underground corridor with a moving walkway (travellator). The corridor ends near Keio Plaza Hotel and you’ll see the building behind the hotel building. It should take around 2 minutes on foot.
Tokyo metro Marunouchi line <Shinjuku> Station Exit from A16 and go to ‘West Under Ground Plaza’, then follow the same route as JR above. Alternatively, you can walk from Tokyo Marunouchi line <Nishi-Shinjuku> station for 10 minutes.
To access the Observation decks, enter the main building and take the Observatory Elevator from the 1st Floor.
*You have to go through security check and bag search before you can get in the elevator and the queue can be quite long sometimes, so leave plenty of time.
Open: 9.30-23.00(Entry ends 30 minutes before closing.)
*The South Observation Deck closes at 5:30 p.m. (However, it closes at 23.00 on days that the North Observatory is closed.)
￭ During the New Year's holiday season, except January 1st
￭ South Observation Deck: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month
￭ North Observation Deck: 2nd and 4th Monday of each month
*If there is a national holiday on one of those days, the observation desk will open on that day, but will be closed the following day.
*Due to the weather conditions, such as a typhoon, the observation decks might close without an advanced announcement.
Admission fee: Free and no booking required (first come, first serve system)
Shops and restaurant
South: Café / Souvenir Kiosk
North: Café and Bar / Souvenir Shop
Source: Where's Stu