The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (东京 都 庁 舎 Tōkyō-to Chōsha) is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Tokyo. Inspired from the Notre Dame de Paris and created in 1990 by the great architect Tange Kenzo, it is serves as headquarters for the government of the Tokyo metropolitan area​​.

"Tocho" is located in the district of Nishi-Shinjuku (Shinjuku West) in the ward of Shinjuku. It is a very special place for me because that is where I lived during the early months of my Tokyoite adventure, so I often find myself walking around this area while allowing myself to sink into sweet nostalgia.

More importantly, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building offers one of the best panoramas of the whole city of Tokyo and the entrance to each of its two towers is free. For the most enthusiastic photographers, I recommend visiting both towers to make sure you cover most of what the view has to offer. If you visit only one, then head to the South Tower as you will get a better view of Shinjuku, without the second tower in the way.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

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Founder of the site in 2007, Guillaume has a passion for Japanese culture and martial arts. After having practiced Judo during childhood, he started studying Aikido in 1996, and Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu in 2008. He currently holds the ranks of 4th Dan in Aikido (Aikikai) and 2nd Dan in Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu (Takumakai). Guillaume is also passionate about science and education and he holds a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology since 2010. He currently lives in Tokyo and works as a consultant for medical research. > View Full Profile

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