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.
- Further Interest
- Get there by Car
- Public Transport
- Nearby Hotels
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.
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)
|Google map co-ordinates:||35.689657,139.691768|
|Map Code:||668 312|
|Address:||2-8-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo-to, Japan|
|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.
|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.