Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Tōkyō Tochō) Observation Deck

About Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Also known as Tōkyō Tochō, the building houses the headquarters of Tokyo’s Metropolitan Government that rules the whole megacity which consists of 23 wards (equivalent to municipalities). Aside from being the seat of Tokyo’s government, it is also a favourite go-to place of travelers since the building’s two towers, North and South, both have observatories that allow tourists to see Tokyo’s grand skyline.

The observatories are located 202 metres above the ground and, on good weather, you could see some of Japan’s famous landmarks like the Mt. Fuji, Tokyo Skytree, and Meiji Shrine.

The observatories also do have gift shops for your souvenir needs.

How to get to Tōkyō Tochō?

Tōkyō Tochō is at 2 Chome-8-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 163-8001 and could be reached by taking the Oedo Line and alighting at Tocho-mae Station.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building  (Tōkyō Tochō) Observation Deck

Alternatively, if you’re up for a walk, you can walk from the West Exit of JR Shinjuku which will take approximately 10 – 15 minutes.

Hours of operation and admission details

The Northern Observatory is open from 9:30 AM to 11:00 PM while the Southern Observatory is normally open from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. The Southern Observatory’s hours of operation are extended if its northern counterpart is closed.

However, note that the Southern Observatory is undergoing renovation and is closed until April 7, 2019. The Northern Observatory, on the other hand, is closed every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month (or next day if Monday is a national holiday).

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building  (Tōkyō Tochō) Observation Deck

Both observatories are also closed from December 29 to 31 and January 2 – 3 of if there are scheduled inspections.

Admission

Admission to the observatories are free of charge.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building  (Tōkyō Tochō) Observation Deck

Tips

1.Since it is a Government building, bags will be inspected before entry as part of their security measures.

2. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather especially if you plan on taking the West Exit of JR Shinjuku route.

3. Tripods are not allowed inside. However, you can still take long exposure shots by placing your camera on a stable ground near the glass panes of the observatories.

4. The Tōkyō Tochō is near the Yodobashi Camera West Shinjuku Store. Said store and surrounding competitors sell gadgets and cameras at a discounted price.

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