Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office (TMG)

Attraction Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building No.1, 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Published on: 25-02-2016

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 06:45 PM
04:00 PM
05:30 PM
First-time visit
Must see
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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings have become the face of the West Side of Shinjuku Station. You can see all of Tokyo from the popular 202-meter high observation decks.

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Why Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office (TMG) is special ?

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (東京都庁, Tōkyō Tochō) in Shinjuku is often visited by tourists for its free observation decks which provide good panoramic views of Tokyo and beyond. The 243 meter tall building has two towers, and each houses an observatory at a height of 202 meters. It had been the tallest building in Tokyo until it was overtaken by the Midtown Tower in 2007.


What to explore at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office (TMG)?

With favorable weather conditions, famous landmarks such as Mount Fuji, the Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine and the Tokyo Dome can be seen from the observatories. Each observatory has a cafe and a souvenir shop. The North Observatory remains open later at night, making it a popular spot to catch night views of the city.

The towers and the surrounding buildings contain the offices and the assembly hall of the metropolitan government of Tokyo. Visitors are therefore subjected to bag checks prior to boarding the elevators as part of the security measures.

On the second story of the building, there is a tourist information center with lots of information about Tokyo, but also about various other tourist destinations across Japan. Periodically, the center holds fairs during which local products from selected regions are being introduced and put on sale.


How to get to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office (TMG)?

Tocho-mae Station on the Oedo Subway Line is located in the basement of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Alternatively, the building can be reached in a ten minute walk from the west exit of JR Shinjuku Station.


Selling points

  • Excellent place to get a free city view
  • Nice view of Tokyo city
  • Great panoramic city view for free
  • Great view for free
  • Place to see Tokyo from the top
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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building No.1, 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

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  • Once you reach the top, there are shops for souvenirs and gadgets
  • Hours: North Observatory: 9:30 to 23:00. South Observatory: 9:30 to 17:30 (until 23:00 when North Observatory is closed). Admission end 30 minutes before closing time.
  • It's closed on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month (South Observation Deck), 2nd and 4th Monday of each month (North Observation Deck). If there is a national holiday on one of those days, the observation desk will open on that day, but will be closed the following day.
  • It's close to the Shinjuku station
  • You have to wait for a queue to be on top.


TripAdvisor View more

Well, it's an observation deck, right? So if you like them, you won't be disappointed by this one, although the view is partly obstructed by a near-by high building, walls of the building itself, and in one corner of the Northern tower there is restaurant prohibiting the view in that direction. That said, you will get a fair share of views in most directions, the restaurant itself is reasonably priced so it may be worth trying (I didn't) esp. for couples, the entrance is free and it's quite close to the train station. The major let-down is the souvenir shop, which is way worse than shops at comparable tourist spots. Recommended overall - you probably want to see Shinjuku at night anyway, it wouldn't take you too long, and you can save a few bucks if you are traveling on budget.

FourSquare View more

A free viewpoint on 45th floor but only through glass windows. Good thing though that it's open very late (to 23.00). I heard that on a clear day you can see all the way to Mount Fuji.

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