Free Observatory at 202-meter-high in Shinjuku

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It is totally free and open from 9:30 to 23:00. You should not miss out on Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office 都庁45F Observatory. There is a security check before you get in the elevator but that is all, no application, no pre-booking. You can just walk in when the weather is fine. The office building is designed by Kenzo Tange, one of the most famous Japanese architects, who also designed some of the stadiums used for Tokyo Olympic 1964.

Tokyo’s annual budget is about 13 trillion yen (120 million USD), about the same size of Sweden’s. Even with this large budget, some people think this office building is too lavish. Well, let’s take advantage of it! There is a coffee shop in the observatory. When the weather is fine, you can see Mt. Fuji in the west side. You need to walk about 20 minutes from Shinjuku Station.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Free Observatory

* Washroom is only provided one floor down and accessible only by stairs. If you are on a wheel chair, ask the staff for alternatives.

Visited in February, 2017