Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku: The best spot to enjoy the night view of Tokyo for FREE!

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (東京都庁舎) is the headquarters of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which governs not only the 23 wards, but also the cities, towns and villages that constitutes the whole Tokyo Metropolis. It’s called (Tokyo) Tocho among Japanese.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is located in Shinjuku area, it’s a complex of three buildings and consists two panoramic observation decks, one in each tower (The north observatory and the south observatory) on 45th floor (202 m high) are free of enter for public and has shops and cafes. It’s an extremely popular tourist site among Japanese and foreign visitors as of the appearance of the building itself and visitors can enjoy the magnificent overlook view of Tokyo for free!

From the observatory deck, you can enjoy a view like this.


Address: 2-8–1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ward, Tokyo

Access: 0 min from Tochomae station OR 10 mins walk from Shinjuku station West exit

Hours: 9:30–23:00 (The South Observation Deck closes at 5:30 pm)

Fee: FREE!

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