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This Iconic Building Affords the Best View of Tokyo for FREE



Being in a bustling city that never sleeps can be pretty thrilling. What better way to gain a sweeping perspective than to see it from the 45th floor of Tokyo Metropolitan Main Building No. 1 in Shinjuku?


The Tokyo Metropolitan Main Building No. 1 was designed to resemble an integrated circuit.


Designed by architect Kenzo Tange to resemble an integrated circuit, while also evoking a Gothic cathedral, it’s one of three structures that make up the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, the seat that governs the special wards, cities, towns, and villages in the Tokyo metropolis.
Popular with tourists is Tokyo Metropolitan Main Building No. 1’s free observation deck on the 45th floor, a good 202 meters above the ground. On a clear day, famous landmarks such as Mt. Fuji, the Tokyo Skytree®, Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine, and the Tokyo Dome can be seen from the observation deck, as can the sky’s gradual changing of colors come sunset. 

Aside from being an excellent spot for memorable group photos, the observation deck has a cafe and souvenir shop in case you want to grab some light refreshments and gifts along the way.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Building offers jaw-dropping panoramic views of the metropolis.


The Tokyo Metropolitan Building is within a 10-minute walk from Shinjuku Station by following the West Exit. Alternatively, you can ride the Oedo Subway Line and disembark at Tochomae Station, which is located at the basement of the building itself. 


The observatories may be closed at short notice due to bad weather or for other reasons. Before you go, check the official website for the latest information on closures. 



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