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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory offers one feature that is definitely different from any other observatories.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory offers one feature that is definitely different from any other observatories.

Many of you may already have heard of these observatories as the tourist attractions in Japan, situated on the 45th floor of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (202m/662ft above the ground) where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Tokyo. If the weather permits, you can view various tourist attractions, including Mt. Fuji to the west, Tokyo Skytree to the east.


The building has North Observatory and South Observatory, and each of them offers slightly different view that we recommend you to visit both observatories.


Your baggage is checked in front of the 1st floor elevator for the security purpose.


There are cafe and restaurant within the observatory, where you can take a break while enjoying your meal.


You can view the Mt. Fuji in the morning time or on the clear day.


If you visit there during early evening, you can view the sun setting over the Mt. Fuji.


Tokyo's new landmark, "Tokyo Skytree," which is towering in the direction of Asakusa.


"Meiji Jingu Shrine", one of the prominent green zones within Tokyo, and "Roppongi Hills" seen further to the left hand side.

There are other observatories in Tokyo that offer the panoramic view of Tokyo, including "Tokyo Skytree", and "Roppongi Hills" both shown with the photo, however, the two in Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building offer significantly big difference from others as the title of this article indicates - that is, the admission fee. Tokyo Skytree and Roppongi Hills require more than 1,500 yen for admission, however, you can visit Tokyo Metropolitan Government Observatories for free. It is extraordinary as observatories located at this height, so we definitely recommend you to visit. One of the biggest attractions offered by Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatories is that you can decide your travel expense, such as you can use the money saved here at busy shopping districts or use the money to buy your friends some souvenirs.

In addition, you can casually enter these observatories without costing you a dime, so it is perfect for those staying in Japan for a long time for studying, etc., just to refresh when you are feeling weary or when you are thinking.

If you get to visit there on a fine day, you will be able to experience the best view for free!

Let’s hope that the weather will be clear and nice when you visit there!

Observatory hours:
9:30 – 23:00 (Entry cut-off time is 30 minutes before the closing hour)
*South Observatory opens until 17:30 (Will be opened until 23:00 when North Observatory is closed)
Admission fee: Free
Address: 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. 163-8001
Tel: 03-5321-1111