Tokyo Tocho (Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building)

Tokyo Tochō 東京都庁
(Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building)

Visit the twin towers of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for a panoramic view of downtown Tokyo from 202 meters above ground. An added bonus - it's free.

Location: Shinjuku, Tokyo
Closing days: Observatory at the North Tower: 2nd and 4th Monday of each month
Observatory at the South Tower: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month
Both observatories: December 29 to January 3 (except January 1)
Admission: Free
Opening hours: North Observatory: 9:30 to 23:00
South Observatory: 9:30 to 17:30 (until 23:00 when the North Observatory is closed)
Recommended duration: 1 - 1.5 hours to cover both observatories
Accessibility: Accessible by both private and public transport, although trains are generally recommended for travel within central Tokyo due to high traffic and the convenience of public transport.
Other considerations: Easy to get around with wheel chairs and strollers
Location of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, at 243 meters tall, is one of the tallest buildings in Tokyo. Its twin towers each houses an observation deck from where great day and night views can be seen. Completed in 1991, the skyscraper was designed by renowed architect Kenzō Tange, receipient of the Pritzker Prize for architecture in 1987.

As the building houses the headquarters of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, visitors are subjected to a security check at the lift lobby of each tower. On a clear day, landmarks that can be seen from the observation decks include Mount Fuji, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree, NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building, Tokyo Dome Shinjuku Park Tower and Meiji Shrine.

New York Bar of Park Hyatt Tokyo

Tip from the locals:
After visiting Tocho, hop over to the nearby Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel for a drink at its classy lounge or bars. At the 52nd story is the New York Bar, well-regarded in reviews and famous as a scene from the movie "Lost in Translation", which has won international acclaim. The bar features live jazz performances every night. (Cover: 2200 yen; opens from 17:00 to late; performance usually starts at 20:00)

GPS information
Google map co-ordinates: 35.689657,139.691768
Map Code: 668 312
Telephone: +81 03-5321-1111
Address: 2-8-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo-to, Japan
Postal Code: 160-0000
Japanese characters: とうきょうとちょう
Parking: Paid parking available on-site

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Tocho) is located in central Tokyo and can be easily accessed using the Oedo Subway Line or from JR Shinjuku Station.

From To Walking Time
Tochomae Station on the Oedo Subway Line Tocho 1 min
Shinjuku Station 10 mins west from the west exit (西口)

External link - Tokyo Subway and Train Map by Tokyo Metro.

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