Thursday, October 9, 2014

Observation Deck: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building at Shinjuku, Tokyo


If you are on the budget trip to Tokyo, Japan but don't intend to spend a lot on getting an entrance ticket to the observation deck at Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower. Then, you should make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building at Shinjuku Business District in Tokyo downtown. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is a government office tower where the observation decks are open to the public for free. The observation decks provide good panoramic views of Shinjuku skyscrapers, Tokyo downtown and Mount Fuji (on the clear view day).

In order to ensure the safety of the visitors at the observation decks, all bags are required to be examined by the security services on the ground floor of North Tower and South Tower before riding on the elevator. Tripods, big bags and luggage aren't permitted to be carried to the observation decks thus, please ensure to carry a small bag or backpack during your trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. We carried a small camera bag and backpack during the trip so we didn't encounter problems with the security over there. 

As we headed to the escalator after security check, we were guided into the escalator by a staff there. The moment before the escalator door closed, the Japanese staff gave a short briefing in Japanese before ended with a bow (Japanese Greetings) to us, which was a real shocking to us. I believed it was a  45-degree angle Japanese bow by the staff, which was the most polite Japanese Greetings Etiquette. As I mentioned before in my earlier post, Japan is well-known for its high hospitality service which also known as "Omotenashi" which ensures customers feel greatly satisfied with attentive care and attention provided by Japanese service industrial from hotels, restaurants, retail companies, supermarkets etc. Anyway, we didn't feel any language barriers as there was another staff in the elevator with us, gave us a translated version in English or Chinese before reaching to the observation deck. 

How to get there?
Address:  45F Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 
Subway:
Tokyo Metro Nishi-shinjuku Station via the passageway to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings: 10 minutes on foot  
Admission: FREE ENTRANCE
Open:  
North Observatory 9.30am-10:30pm daily, 
South Observatory 9.30am-5pm daily 
Closed
North Observation Deck: 2nd and 4th Monday of each month
South Observation Deck: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month 
Both observatories: December 29 to January 3 (except January 1)


Heading to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building at Shinjuku Business District for a free visit at the observation deck in Tokyo, Japan
Heading to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building at Shinjuku Business District for a free visit at the observation deck in Tokyo, Japan

A compact and high density of Tokyo downtown from the observation deck at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, Japan
A compact and high density of Tokyo downtown from the observation deck at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, Japan

Another closer compact and high density of Tokyo city from the observation deck at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku
Another closer compact and high density of Tokyo city from the observation deck at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku

Look at how compact and high density Tokyo city is from the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, Japan
Look at how compact and high density Tokyo city is from the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, Japan

Shinjuku Park Tower (235m) & Tokyo Opera City Tower (234m), the skyscrapers in Shinjuku Business District at observation deck in Tokyo
Shinjuku Park Tower (235m) & Tokyo Opera City Tower (234m), the skyscrapers in Shinjuku Business District at observation deck in Tokyo

Shinjuku Park Tower and Tokyo Opera City Tower can be seen at observation deck, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Shinjuku Park Tower and Tokyo Opera City Tower can be seen at observation deck, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Shinjuku Sumitomo, Shinjuku Mitsui and Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower at the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Japan
Shinjuku Sumitomo, Shinjuku Mitsui and Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower at the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Japan

Shinjuku skyscrapers at the business district from the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo, Japan
Shinjuku skyscrapers at the business district from the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo, Japan

The model of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building can be seen at its observation deck in Shinjuku Business District of Tokyo, Japan
The model of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building can be seen at its observation deck in Shinjuku Business District of Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Skytree tower can be seen from the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building at Shinjuku Business District of Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Skytree tower can be seen from the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building at Shinjuku Business District of Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Tower can be seen at the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku Business District of Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Tower can be seen at the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku Business District of Tokyo, Japan

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