Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
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There are plenty of skyscrapers that provide bird's-eye lookouts in Tokyo. So what makes the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Tower special? It's free! At 202 meters, it's two observatories are the highest places you can get without shedding some yen—that we know of anyway. One recent TripAdvisor user reports: "There are windows all around the observatory floor, and the night-time views are excellent. You can really get a feel of the expanse of Tokyo city." And on a clear day, you can spot Mount Fiji on the horizon.
Like we mentioned, admission is free, but you might want to bring some cash for a drink at the café or bar at the top. Feel free to visit either the South or North observatory as both garner praise. At least one of the observatories is open from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. We recommend you arrive in the late afternoon to early evening to watch the sunset and Tokyo switch on its evening lights. For more information, check out the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatories' website.