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Let’s looking down from above to Toyo City view! The Tokyo Metropolitan Government complex which called …

Let’s looking down from above to Toyo City view! The Tokyo Metropolitan Government complex which called “Tocho,” in Japanese is in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward (10min to walk from the station). It is the most imposing of the many skyscrapers that dot the area just west of Shinjuku station.

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Until Tocho was built, the Tokyo metropolitan government was located in the Marunouchi district east of the Imperial Palace. However, by the 1970s, problems such as the aging of buildings, and lack and fragmentation of space, led to demands for a new headquarters. Then Governor of Tokyo, Junichi Suzuki, first proposed moving the seat of metropolitan government to Shinjuku, which was formally resolved on in 1985. Work began on Tocho in April 1988 and was completed in December 1990. Tocho was designed by the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange and is said to have been inspired by the Notre Dame in Paris. Compared with the sparer lines of most of the skyscrapers that surround it, cathedral-like magnificence is apparent in the complexity of its structure and surfaces, and its grandiose sprawl. It consists of two buildings that both offer free access to their top floors providing a 360 degree view of Tokyo and more on including Mt. Fuji clear days – from a height of 202 meters on their 45th floors.

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The trip to the top takes 55 seconds. The building of North Observatory stands 243 meters tall. There are also cafes for both of buildings, so you can have a break with very nice view! Interesting? Please check it out!

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Station

Shinjuku, Minamishinjuku, Seibushinjuku

Open

9:00~17:30