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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

The Observatories at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

A trip to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is more than just filling out papers. On the 45th floor of both towers there is an observation deck free of charge.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

In Tokyo, there are many high-rise towers that have a great panoramic view of Tokyo from the observatories, but many times there is an admission fee to enjoy the view. For those who want to cut some additional expenses, visiting the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building located in Shinjuku is a good option.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Shinjuku is one of Tokyo’s largest business and commercial district, there are buildings more than 200 meters high, many are especially in the west side of bustling Shinjuku. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is located in the west part of Shinjuku. The building was relocated to its current place in 1991 with a modern and futuristic design consisting of 45 stories and it is the tallest tower at 243 meters high.


North Observatory & South Observatory

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

At the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Main Building No.1, there is two observatory decks “North Observatory” and “South Observatory” that are open to public. People can enjoy the panoramic view without an admission fee. They are both located on the top floor of main building number one. There is an elevator that goes directly to the deck in 55 seconds. If it is not cloudy there will be a clear view of Mount Fuji from the 360-degree window at the observatory. The North Observatory is open late until 11:00 PM to enjoy outstanding view at night. The South Observatory deck usually closes at 5:30 PM. Please note that the observatories will close 30 minutes prior to the closing time.
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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Observatory Decks

Address: 2-8-1 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjkuku ward, Tokyo

Access: 10 minute walk from Shinjuku Station

North Observatory 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
South Observatory 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Admission: Free

Phone: 03-5320-7890

Website: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory (Japanese)


Tokyo Tourist Information Center

On the first floor of the Main Building No.1, there is the Tokyo Tourist Information Center. The center provides a lot of tourist information and you can book a free guided tour in several languages at a very reasonable fee.

Tokyo Tourist Information Center

Address: first floor of the Main Building No.1

Hours: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
*Closed during New Year Holidays

Phone: 03-5321-3077

Website: Tokyo Tourist Information Center


Cafe “Good View Tokyo”

Cafe "Good View Tokyo"
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At North Observatory deck, there is an elegant restaurant called “Good View Tokyo”, they serve breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. Enjoy a dynamic panoramic view of Tokyo while enjoying a meal.

Good View Tokyo

Address: 45th floor of the North Observatory Deck

Breakfast 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Lunch 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Dinner 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM
*Closed on the second and fourth Monday

Phone: 03-3345-1250

Website: Good View Tokyo (Japanese)


Cafe “Tokyo Cafe 202”

In the middle of the South Observatory, there is a cafe/lounge called “Tokyo Cafe 202” where people can have a snack and relax in the moment. There is a souvenir shop at the South Observatory deck.

Tokyo Cafe 202

Address: 45th floor of the South Observatory Deck

Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
*Closed on the first and second Tuesdays

Phone: 03-5909-7945

Website: –

Tabelog: Tokyo Cafe 202


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  1. R___achid

    September 26, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Both by night and day, I loved it! Didn’t know about the ‘Good View Tokyo’ restaurant, totally on my list for my next trip!

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