Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices information

Tokyo , Japan
Address
Street 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku
Extras Shinjuku-ku
Getting there
train Ōedo Line to Tochōmae, exit A4
More information
www.metro.tokyo.jp/ENGLISH/TMG/observat.htm
Opening hours
observatories 9.30am-11pm
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Known as Tokyo Tochō, this grey granite complex designed by Tange Kenzō has stunning, distinctive architecture and great views from the 202m-high observatories on the 45th floors of the twin towers of Building 1 (the views are virtually the same from either tower). On a clear day, look west for a glimpse of Mt Fuji.

Back on the ground, look up at Building 1 and see if it doesn’t look like a cathedral fashioned out of computer chips. There’s even a ‘rose window’, only this being Tokyo the rose is replaced by a gingko leaf, the city’s official tree.

While you’re here, it’s worth heading over to nearby Shinjuku I-Land to see Robert Indiana’s Love sculpture and two Tokyo Brushstroke sculptures by Roy Liechtenstein.