Places to Go

Tokyo Metropolitan Government

West Area

  • night views

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is located about a 10-minute walk from the Shinjuku Station West Exit. Free observatories command sweeping panoramas of Tokyo from 202 meters off the ground. On clear days with low temperatures, in addition to the views of Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree®, the ability to see as far away as Mount Fuji makes these observatories a popular destination. The dedicated elevator soars 202 meters to the 45th floor observatories in 55 seconds flat. After the scenery, enjoy a meal at the cafés and restaurants. Retailers also offer maneki neko (beckoning cats), seasonal goods and other Tokyo/Japanese items 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 observatories, take the observatory elevator in the 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 to the 1st floor instead.
Observatory hours: 9:30–23:00 (entrance until 30 minutes prior)
Note: The south observatory is open until 17:30 (until 23:00 when the north observatory is closed)
Note: Inclement weather and other circumstances may necessitate a rapid evacuation. For notifications, see the observatory Twitter feed (
· Southern observatory: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
· Northern observatory: 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month
Note: Both observatories close on December 29–31 and January 2–3, and for inspection on Saturday, May 20, 2017.