Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Decks

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Decks

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Decks
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The South Observatory will remain closed, due to remodeling work on the TMG Buildings. It is scheduled for a renewal opening around spring of 2019. (The Norh Observatory is open.)
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Neighbourhood: Shinjuku
Shinjuku is the commuting capital of Tokyo, and contains the busiest train station in the world. To the west, there's an office district with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office at its center. To the east, there’s a district with long-established department stores, cinemas and theaters. Shinjuku Gyoen is a park originally built as the garden for the Imperial Household. It is quite famous as a venue for cherry-blossom viewing in March and April. In Shinjuku, many restaurants operate all night, and districts such as Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) or Shinjuku Golden Machi have back streets filled with tiny restaurants and bars that reflect each owner’s unique taste and style.
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  • Norma F
    Buenos Aires, Argentina470 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent free observatory
    We went twice, but due to weather conditions we couldn't see Mt. Fuji. Depending on the time you may have to wait 20 minutes in line but you get a 360º view of Tokyo for free.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Stefanie H
    Lincoln, Nebraska1,664 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views
    This is such a great place to see views of Tokyo for free! It is easily accessed from the Shinjuku station, with signs showing which direction to walk. We went at night and encountered no crowds or lines at all. We zipped up to the 45th floor, where we had great views, a small cafe, and a nice gift shop. Recommend if you are in the area!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Koty
    Prague, Czech Republic8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting
    No queues (Wednesday afternoon), polite staff, piano concert-like experience, free of charge, amazing view. What else do you want? :) Compared to N Seoul Tower in Korea this was 300% better.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Dan and Sarah J
    Bristol, United Kingdom162 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to see Tokyo
    Excellent place to see the view over Tokyo and it’s free! We went up at about 4pm, had a drink at the cafe and stayed until sunset. It was really relaxed and a great place to be. There’s a piano which you can play at certain times of the day and I think that if you go earlier in the day there are free tours. We even managed to see Mount Fuji which was a bonus!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Julia
    Nottingham, United Kingdom53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views. And it’s free
    It doesn’t bring you as high as Skytree, but still has amazing view and it’s free! If you are lucky enough with clear day, on the horizon should be Fuji. In the evening great light of city and of Skytree. So visit it twice. It open till 10 pm
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 October 2023
  • Raymond K
    Cairns, Australia5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AMAZING
    well worth a visit. I only had to line up for a couple of minutes. The view was amazing, 360 degrees view of Tokyo. they have a piano that visitors are encouraged to play, and boy is there some talent out there. And last but not least, it is free entry.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 October 2023
  • maapar
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina870 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views!
    Went here on a Saturday when the rest of the building is closed. Still a short line to get in but free. South observatory has the best views- so much better than the taller Skytree. You can actually distinguish which building you are looking at and there was a local volunteer who gave us a brief explanation about the cityscape. Worth doing!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 December 2023
  • skyhighpam
    California181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stillness in Shinjuku
    I stayed near the gov building and found my search by nearby. Im glad I did because it was free and the experience was amazing. I was coming from the main attractions in Shinjuku (near train station) and anyone who has experienced this area can attest it’s pretty busy and filled with noise and people (not a bad thing)… But walking to the gov building to this tower, you can feel the difference and calmness and stillness. It was about a 10-15 walk from Shinjuku train station. It was pretty relaxing walk to the building, the guards were nice enough to direct you the right entrance (i got lost). The entrance is free, I didn’t have to wait long for the elevator up and down, actually no wait really, I went on a Sunday. Being up there with the views and all was just what I needed at that moment. It was relaxing and a quiet time for me. There is a souvenir shop on there as well as coffee/snacks for purchase. You can take your time there and just relax. The volunteers were nice and can explain to you what you looking at & can even take your pic if you are solo traveling. It’s an open space with floor to ceiling window views. I think I was in the south building, was the only thing opened… but it was enough. Also check out their website for hours and all! Its free and the view is amazing.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 February 2024
  • CantBeBothered18
    Adelaide, Australia139 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic view of Tokyo
    We went at about 2:30pm and there was no queue to go to the north observation tower. It had an amazing view considering there no charge involved. There was also a funky piano that piano players were lining up to play - note that there was a 5-minute limit per player. Overall, it was a pleasant way to get a bird’s eye view of Tokyo with a drink and ice cream at the cafe while getting some souvenir.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 February 2024
  • TheOExpress🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇭🇰
    Hong Kong, China5,705 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute MUST…
    …if you are nearby. The views during the day or at night are spectacular, it really gives you a sense of the scale of the city, which is truly hard to comprehend when looking at its never-ending sprawl! The gift shop is amazing for tourists and the addition of a piano is quite nice as well, my young daughter even had a go and no one a seemed to mind. Also, and this might be best of all given it’s in Tokyo of all places, it’s FREE to enter.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 February 2024
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tmp0010
Cheltenham, UK85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Fantastic free experience. You can take the lift to the viewing gallery at the top. Best to do at night to see the city scape. There was a bit of queue but nothing to bad. They were also doing an amazing light show projected onto side of the building. Definitely worth a visit
Written 6 May 2024
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Mellie2013
Port Moody, Canada2,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Our Number 1 top attraction Tokyo! This is a FREE viewing platform!

We arrived at 8:45am on a Wednesday and the line up was already 45 minutes long. The lineup is underground and a bit difficult to locate. The signs are good...just follow them. The line moved very quickly, we were processed like cattle into the elevator and up we went.

The views were good. Far reaching if somewhat foggy. This was our fist sighting of the elusive Mt Fuji, having travelled to Japan 4 other times. Blessed with a clear warm spring day. The Cherry Blossoms 🌸were fully extended below and beautiful!

There were paid performers and visitors playing the piano 🎹. It was magical!

Would I return to view this again...definitely! It's FREE!! Worth the time in line.
Written 28 April 2024
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David W
Tel Aviv, Israel25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Great place for a free view of the world's largest metropolis. Plus IMHO it's a good idea to visit this area of Shinjuku to getter a better feel of the general area. We were impressed.
Written 27 April 2024
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The view from the observation deck is great, if you are lucky you will be able to see Mount Fuji. Sadly on both of our visits we were unlucky, but the view is still very good and it's free. Get there as early as you can as there will be queues, even on poor visibility days.

You may also hear some very good pianists as you admire the view, from the Yayoi Kusama piano. The souvenir shop is more interesting than some, and there is a cafe too and plenty of space to rest your legs if you are weary.

We also visited the sky tree and to be honest it wasn't really worth the entrance fee. This is a much less crowded deck.
Written 27 April 2024
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dimpoo1971
Mumbai, India385 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Entry is free and few minutes of waiting one is taken to 45th floor in sometime.From here you can see sky scrapers from close and also entire Tokyo city.
What a lovely way to watch the Sunset and in centre there is a souvenir shop and cafe.

It's less than a kilometre from Shinjuku Railway station ( check Google map before exit ).
Written 21 April 2024
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Rob G
70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Some fantastic views over Tokyo and a great way to spend a couple of hours. The Skytree beats it, but that has a cost and can be very busy with lots of queuing.

Do both of you have time.
Written 12 April 2024
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It's definitely worth stopping by the government building with its sky-high twin towers. Just the square in front with its fine sculptures is a lovely sight.

It's free to go up to the large room with a 360-degree spectacular view of Tokyo's skyline. On clear days, you can reportedly see all the way to Mount Fuji.

In the middle of the room stands a piano, and here local talents entertain with good music while we guests enjoy both the view and the sweet sounds. Thank you, Tokyo, for this fine attraction.
Written 7 April 2024
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John and Deb K
Karratha, Australia776 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This building is free to visit the viewing platform. The first day we went we were too early as it doesn't open until 9am. So we went on other adventures and came back at 6pm but the line was so long we didn't bother. The next day we turned up at 7pm after a full day of activities we stood in a long line ( not as long as the day before) but it moved relatively quickly. When we got up to the viewing platform it was great and really showcased how large Tokyo is. There is a gift shop for those who want. For us when we got back to the ground floor there was the largest laser light show on Earth on the building facade it was amazing, no sure how much longer it will be on, you will need to google it.
Written 1 April 2024
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love-2-travel6319
San Bruno, CA83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The free observatory on the top floor will afford you spectacular views of Tokyo. We were fortunate to see Mr. Fuji, and with no clouds! Access the Observatory Elevator from the 1st Floor of Main Building No. 1.
Written 27 March 2024
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Tommy T
Repentigny, Canada300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
During our time in Tokyo, we did both the metropolitan government building observation deck and the skytree decks and we appreciated much more the metropolitan government building. It had a vaster room to walk around, was less crowded, had a public piano, free admission and is located closer to mount fuji so you have a better shot to see it.
Written 26 March 2024
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