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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

written by EnAble Japan October 30, 2015

Located in Shinjuku, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building has two observation towers, both free to access. Shinjuku Station can overwhelming, but thankfully there are English signs and a direct path that will lead you straight to the building.

To enter each tower, ride the escalator down a floor after entering the lobby. On the right hand side (facing towards the entryway of the building) is the elevator to Tower One. This tower has a panoramic view, as well as a cafe and a small gift shop. On the left is the elevator to Tower Two, which has a 360 degree view with windows on all sides. It’s not quite as fluid as Tower One, although there’s still a great and spacious view). There is also a cafe, and a massive gift shop. Tower One’s gift shop holds a lot of Japanese merchandise, while Tower Two has an additional section for toys, accessories, stationary, etc.

Both towers place panels in front of select windows to label the buildings in view. Some of the places visible from both towers are Tokyo Dome, Tokyo Tower, SkyTree, and even Mt. Fuji! Unfortunately it was a bit cloudy and rainy when we visited, so Mt. Fuji wasn’t quite visible, but it’s nonetheless a great feature of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (besides the free admission!). Visiting both towers is a must, so be sure to check it out. Keep in mind that the view during the day and night give different atmospheres, so plan accordingly.

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Looking for more observation points? Watch our video on SkyTree or read our article Tokyo’s Top Observatories: Enjoying the Tokyo Skyline.

 

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