Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Designed by the architect Tange Kenzo, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (town hall), which bears a passing resemblance to Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral, is easily identifiable. You can go up either of its two skyscraper towers (243m) to enjoy amazing views over Shinjuku. This austere building, covered in granite and solidly grounded like a fortress, may not be the most inviting but the functional nature of its monumental proportions is inspired by the impulse to rationalise a city considered by the architect to be in a state of such rapid and constant transition, that it should be strictly controlled.
Address:2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku Tokyo
Price:free of charge
North Observatory: daily except 2nd and 4th Mon of the month 9.30am-11pm; South Observatory: daily except 1 and 3rd Tue of the month 9.30am-5pm (11pm 2nd and 4e Mon of the month). Tourist information ground floor - daily 9.30am-6.30pm