Tokyo Viewed from the Metropolitan Government Building

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 blade 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.

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Guillaume Erard
Author: Guillaume Erard
A resident of Japan for nearly a decade, Guillaume Erard trains at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, where he received the 5th Dan from Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba. He also holds a 3rd Dan in Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu, the secretive art that Morihei Ueshiba learned from Sokaku Takeda. Erard is the Information Director of the International Aikido Federation and the Deputy Secretary of International Affairs of the Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Shikoku Headquarters. He is also passionate about science and education and holds a PhD in Molecular Biology.
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