When you go to Paris and you want great views, you think of the Eiffel Tower. New York, the Empire State Building. Toronto, the CN Tower. Tokyo, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building…?
Ok, probably not that last one. In all likelihood, if you’re jonesing to take in the Tokyo skyline, your mind probably jumps to the Tokyo Tower (it is modeled after the Eiffel Tower, after all). Or, if you’re already in Japan, you might think of the shiny, new Tokyo Skytree (because the Japanese are promoting the heck out of it. They have banners and ads for it EVERYWHERE, even when you’re not in Tokyo!). The latter is located within spitting distance of our hostel and had been highly praised by our sushi breakfast buddy, Javier.
So why choose the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building, you ask?
BECAUSE IT IS FREE!!! I don’t care how stunning the views those other two places offer are, at the end of the day, nothing beats free!
And you know what? When you ride up to the 45th floor, the views you get are sufficiently expansive that they belie the fact you paid nothing for them at all.
Maybe you can use some of that extra money you saved to buy an adorable souvenir or toy while you’re up there.
But probably not this one:
Access: The TMG Building is located in the Shinjuku district. If riding the Toei system, Tochomae is the nearest stop (on the Oedo line); otherwise if using Tokyo Metro , Nishi-Shinjuko on the Marunouchi line is your closest option.]