Travel Destinations and Photo Spots
Bright lights, skyscrapers and crowds of people dominate the city of Tokyo that is home to a population of over 13.35 million residents. One of the primary objectives for any traveller or photography enthusiast is to find a way of viewing this wonderful city from above.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is the first of multiple structures I will be recommending as a photo spot for aerial panoramic views of this sprawling metropolis. This building stands at 202 metres tall and has two identical towers rising side by side that can be seen from the surrounding area of Shinjuku. Inside each of the towers there is an observatory 202 metres from ground level thus giving you a birds eye view of the city.
A key point to note is that admission to this building and the observation deck is completely FREE so you can visit as many times as you like if you want to get both day and night photos of Shinjuku and the other structures in the area.
The queues are not too lengthy but there is a security check before you enter the elevators so this can take up some time. Once past the security check you are free to explore the different sides of the observatory for as long as you like. I myself went early in the morning and avoided any large crowds that arrived later on in the day. I would definitely recommend visiting this observation point at least once on your trip to Tokyo.
How to get there:
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is located roughly 10 minutes from Shinjuku Station. This is one of the main train stations in Tokyo so many of the metro lines such as the Chuo, Yamanote, Keio, Sobu, Odakyu and Marunouchi all come through the station.