Shinjuku is home of the tallest office buildings in Tokyo, most of which are located in the famous Western side of the Shinjuku district. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is located in the twin towers and the top floor houses the observation decks open to public access, yes for FREE.
First the details
|Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building No.1, 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
|0 yen! Free of Charge
|South Observation Deck: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
North Observation Deck: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
|South Observation Deck : 1st and 3rd Tuesday
North Observation Deck : 2nd and 4th Monday
If these days are national holidays then the next day.
Access : Google Map below (The observatory is accessible on foot from Shinjuku Station (12-15 minute walk) and we prefer the Tochomae Station on the Toei Oedo Line from where it is a 2 minute walk to the observatory.)
If you decide to take a walk from the South Exit of Shinjuku Station instead of Tochomae Station as we suggest, just walk straight towards the skyscrapers in the distance as seen in the above snap.
Approaching the building, the Olympic signs have been put up for well over a year now.
THE PRIMARY ATTRACTION : As with other observatories, you can see many landmarks of the Tokyo City, but our favourite is the Mount Fuji in the distance which can be seen on a particularly clear day. Gets pretty crowded near this view point.
NOTE : The 202 meter South Observation Deck is the one with the better view out of the two observatories. Located on the 45th floor of Main Building No. 1, the South Observation Deck unfortunately closes earlier in the evening but that is still good to catch the twilight time in winters.
You can also see the Tokyo Skytree in the distance and Tokyo Tower from this location. If you do a panoramic snap you can get both the towers in one photograph too.
You can see major landmarks of Tokyo from this observatory prominently the below ones
- Mount Fuji (On a clear day only)
- Tokyo Tower and Tokyo SkyTree
- Yoyogi park (with Meiji shrine)
- NTT Docomo Tower in Shinjuku
The North Observation Deck, which is open until 10:30 p.m. has a cafe which is good to enjoy coffee, drinks at night. There is also a Tourist Information Center on the Level One of the building and you can pick up needful brochures, maps there or get guidance for any inquiries you may have.