Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, Tokyo

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is a complex of three structures each occupying one city block. It houses the headquarters of the Tokyo metropolitan government and is famed for the spectacular views from the observation decks which is open to visitors for FREE.

The building, referred to by locals as the Tax Tower, is one of the tallest structures in the city. It was designed to look like a computer chip by architect, Kenzo Tange. The main tower has 48 floors. It is divided into two sections on the 33rd floor. The center structure is the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly building consisting of eight floors including one underground and the 2nd main building consisting of 37 floors with three below the ground.

The two observation decks in each building have cafes and gift shops and visitors can reach them in less than a minute using high-speed elevators. Both offer spectacular views of the city and beyond. Early morning visitors can view Mount Fuji among other mountains on a clear day before the smoke and smog of the city obscure the scene. One can see the Odaiba Entertainment District from the south observation deck by day and the North observation deck offers panoramic views of the city lighted up at night.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the best views you can get in the city and even better still, it is completely free of charge with no time limit on how long you can stay.

Tip:
If you're looking for a free guided tour full of interesting background stories on Tokyo and Japan, just go to the tourist office downstairs from the main entrance.

Opening Hours:
North Observatory: 9:30am-11pm
South Observatory: 9:30am-5:30pm (until 11pm when North Observatory is closed)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings
Sight Location: Tokyo, Japan (See walking tours in Tokyo)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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