Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

It’s just a government building. So what? Calm down. 😀 There’s more to it. This wouldn’t be posted here if it didn’t catch my interest. At first glance, I thought it was just another commercial building. A government building that high? Not to mention the wide space inside. Why is that so? Can somebody enlighten me? I have to say this is the biggest and highest government building I’ve ever seen and been to.


💠 202 meters above the ground

💠 45 floors

💠 There are 2 observatories on the 45th floor, the North and the South.

💠 No admission fee

💠 (each observatory) Area: 1,000 m

💠 (each observatory) Ceiling height: Approximately 18m

💠 The elevator takes you to the 45th floor from the 1st floor in roughly 55 seconds. Watch it here!


My husband and I decided to visit both observatories and we surely spent our time well. The TMG building has eventually become one of the tourist spots. The sight of the tourists in groups was not a surprise anymore as I was told by Danny.

If you want to have a look at Mt. Fuji, go to the South and pray for fine weather. 😉 It is often visible between December and February. You can also enjoy the excellent nighttime view of Tokyo and more. Both observatories have cafes and shops.


❎ When not in the cafe, you are not allowed to eat and drink in the observatories.

❎ Smoking is strictly prohibited.


South Observatory Guide Free Service: (English language)

Hours: 10AM ~ 3PM

Days: 7 days a week (except for national holidays and when the observatory is closed)



Author: The Pinay Ajumma

1990 | Socially awkward | Chocolate addict

6 thoughts

  1. A typical example of the brutalist style of one of Japan’s most famous architects (Kenzo Tange). He designed the 1964 Olympic Stadium and countless other public buildings, including the Hiroshima Peace Memorial which I actually rather like.


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