Great views of Tokyo from Tokyo Government Building, Japan

Tokyo offers so many things to do to fill your time in Japan but one of my favourite things has to be the Metropolitan Government Building.

Located in Shinjuku, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is a great place for tourists to enjoy incredible panoramic views of Tokyo and beyond, absolutely free. When the sky is clear, you can spot Mount Fuji, the Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower along with other famous landmarks around the city. The North Observatory remains open to late into the night, ideal for those wishing to catch a view of Tokyo at sunset.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Tokyo Government Building (right)

Tocho-mae Station on the Oedo Subway line is located in the basement of the Government building or the JR Shinjuku Station is just a 10 minute walk away, with plenty of maps and directions towards the Tokyo Government building.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
View from the North Observatory

Whilst here, you may want to grab a snack from the cafΓ© open in the observatory area or take a stroll through central park found just behind the building.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Some other great buildings are located in the area

Hours: North Observatory open 9.30 – 23.00. South Observatory open 9.30 to 17.30. Admissions end 30 minutes before closing time.

Closed: North observatory is closed 2nd and 4th Monday of each month and the south Observatory is closed 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Admission is free!

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  1. Spectacular views! The architecture style is so varied in Tokyo. This is a great free option to see the skyline from way up high.

  2. I love a great view over a beautiful city, especially when it comes at no extra fee!

  3. That’s so great that there is no admission fee! I’ll definitely be checking this out when I’m in Tokyo early next year!

  4. Brilliant – thank you so much for this! I am soaking up everything about Japan right now as we head there at the end of January for a ski trip and we have about 4 days in Tokyo so am keen to find out all the places we need to go!

  5. Spectacular views reminded me very much of New York. My husband desperately wants to go to Tokyo but I have put it off now for a long time. A friend once told me that as a larger man he was treated like an unusual animal and got all kinds of stares and giggles as they had never seen anybody his size before. Which is supposedly not like the people at all I gather they are usually very discreet and quiet.

    • Hey Faith,
      Tokyo is deffo worth a visit! My partner and I are larger people and didn’t get stared at in the slightest! Some people looked at us occasionally in restaurants but a few times they realised we spotted them and they asked us where we were from. I think people looked because we were not Japanese πŸ™‚ It is the same thing that happens in China a lot too! The people were very quiet and shy so nothing to worry about!

  6. I’ve never been to Japan. But I love visiting high buildings in different cities to see the view from them. These views are amazing – and Tokyo look so clean.

  7. When I travel I always seek out spots like this. I love seeing cities from above to really gauge the size and complexity of a place! This almost doesn’t even look like Japan from up there!

  8. Looks awesome! Japan is still on our bucket list (maybe Tokyo 2020?), so pinned for when we have to start planning this trip. πŸ˜‰ I suppose they speak English very well there?

    • Hey Birthe,
      They do speak pretty good English but its worth learning some basic language!

  9. Love the view from the Metropolitan Government Building, went up there back in spring as well πŸ™‚ Did you decide to skip Tokyo Sky Tower as well? Kind of pricey if you have free alternatives πŸ˜€

    • Hey Doro,
      We decided to skip the Sky Tree because the sky wasn’t clear for the rest of our trip but we did head up the Tokyo Tower at night which was lovely and gave us a great view!

  10. This is such a great insider’s tip and admission is free! Tokyo is such a fascinating city and seen from above makes it even more so. I was in Tokyo on a short layover and I’ve been wanting to go back.

  11. Tokyo always looks like such a bustling city! You’ve captured great pictures here Katie! Lovely post πŸ™‚

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