Places to Go

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

West Area

  • night views

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is about a 10-minute walk from Shinjuku Station's West Exit. You can see a sweeping panorama of Tokyo from the two free observatories 202 meters off the ground. The dedicated elevator soars 202 meters to the 45th floor observatories in 55 seconds flat. In addition to the views of Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree®, the ability to see as far away as Mount Fuji on clear days with low temperatures makes these observatories a popular destination. After taking in the scenery, enjoy a meal at the cafés and restaurants inside. Retailers in the observatories also offer maneki neko (beckoning cats), seasonal goods and other Tokyo/Japanese souvenirs for sale.

Facility overview

2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-8001
Telephone number
Observatory phone number 03-5320-7890 (Weekdays 10:00–17:00)
Hours of operation
To get to the observatory, take the observatory elevator in Tokyo Metropolitan Main Building No. 1.
Note: When the government offices are closed (weekends and holidays), the 2nd floor entrance is locked. Use the front entrance on the 1st floor instead.
Observatory hours: 9:30AM–11:00PM (entrance until 30 minutes before closing)
Note: The south observatory is open until 5:30PM (open until 11:00PM when the north observatory is closed)
Note: Inclement weather and other circumstances may call for a rapid evacuation. For notifications, check the observatory's Twitter feed (
· Southern observatory: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Northern observatory: 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month
Note: Both observatories are closed from December 29–31 and January 2–3