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“View Tokyo From a Free Observation Floor at Tokyo City Hall”

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The tallest building in Shinjuku, TMG No. 1 offers sweeping views of Tokyo--all the way to Mt. Fuji on a clear day--from the 45th floor observatory.
Reviewed 26 December 2008

The vast urban vista of Tokyo can be viewed for free from the two observation floors of the Tokyo City Hall building.

Standing at 48 floors tall, the City Hall building is one of the tallest in Tokyo and is a striking design by the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange.

There are two observation floors on the 45th floor of both the North and South towers. The South tower observation floor offers a view towards Meiji Shrine and Tokyo Bay can be viewed on a clear day. The North tower offers a view of the urban sprawl towards Saitama.

An express elevator, which is boarded on the 1st floor of the tower, takes visitors to the observation floors in 55 seconds.

Each tower hosts a simple food outlet - the South tower has a coffee shop, while the North tower has an Italian themed cafe. The North tower also has a large souvenir stand operated by Hakuhinkan, the famous Ginza toy retailer.

Better and cheaper food is available across from the 1st floor of the main tower in the Citizen's Underground Plaza (Tomin Chika Hiroba), with excellent and cheap Japanese and Western food available. Try the Tonkatsu restaurant for delicious and traditional Japanese style pork cutlet.

Although not fancy, the City Government makes a good effort at providing a quality attraction at a great price - free. Its not as flashy as Roppongi Hills, but worth a visit.

One disappointment is the observation tower closes at 1730, so is not suitable for viewing Tokyo's dramtic night scene. A trip over to Roppongi Hills is the alternative.

13  Thank yamanote
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Reviewed 29 September 2008

Like someone else said below, it's free, what's not to like. For a city which is relatively taxing on the wallet for a budget traveller, this is a good breather in between shopping and shrine trips.

We stayed at the Shinjuku Washington and naturally visited TMG which was a hop skip and a jump across. There are 2 towers and I suggest that you visit both of them. Though the view from up there seems similar when you're there, the photos I brought back with me suggested otherwise. We didn't manage to see Mt Fuji as it was super foggy but the view of the city was just breathtaking.

There are shops at the viewing gallery selling all sorts of souvenirs which is great if you're hard-pressed for time and need to get something cute for someone back home. There are these gachapon machines (slot in 100yen and turn the knob to get a plastic ball with an item inside) with small keychains and handphone thingys which look like they date back to the 80s. Nice...

There's a park nearby which had a mini flea market when we visted TMG on a saturday. I'm not sure if it's a weekly event but we managed to pick up some 2nd hand clothing and cool knick knacks.

1  Thank darguel
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Reviewed 18 June 2008

Access to the 45th floor observation decks of both towers of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is free, although they're not both open all the time and you may have to queue at busy times.
I went up the north tower, which has a cafe and suitably tacky toy and souvenier shop at the top.

It was pretty cloudy when I went, but apparently on a good day you can see Mt Fuji, so I reckon it's always worth a go.

5  Thank coolcaz
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Reviewed 24 September 2005

It was worth the trip for me. I stayed in a hotel in a different area of Tokyo, a low-rise building, so I seriously enjoyed the high-rise view of Tokyo.. Wow, Tokyo is a really huge area taking advantage of every square inch of space. The observing area is an entire floor, so you have a lot of space and look out the windows. No open air area here. Height of the building is on the shorter side of large skyscrappers but one of the tallest in Japan (I imagine due to Japan's higher engineering requirements due to earthquakes most buildings aren't built so tall).

Anyways, it's FREE to go up. Yes, Free. No lines the time I went either, though of course YMMV. Now as I said, the trip was worth it to me because I stayed in a different area of Tokyo that was completley different in scenery (Ikebukuro) so I really liked to see the modern Shinjuku area, which reminds me of downtown LA when I went during the weekend (i.e. ghost town). If one was already staying in Shinjuku then they may not find it worth the time at all, I could understand that.

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