To see Tokyo from a skyscraper perspective is really an exciting experience.
A fascinating view on the japanese metropolis you get in the third highest building of the city for free. The government of the Tokyo Prefecture invites tourists from all over the world to see the skyline from above.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildung in Shinjuku quarter was opened in 1991 after a construction time of three years. The cost of the building were in total 157 Mrd. ¥, the equivalent of one billion euro.
In the meantime it is ranking third among the highest buildings of Tokyo. It has 48 floors and is 243,4 meters high. It is a very impressive building. You get with a very fast elevator to the 45th floor, where you have a sightseeing panorama in both towers.
Above the visitors floor giant communications installations are attached to the building. The true dimension of the installations you get with camera getting close.
Once you reach the visitor floor, you will be welcomed by voluntary tourist guides, explaining the sight of the city in english.
I visited the Southern Tower and there you can see at first on the left side, the tallest building in the city, the Tokyo Skytree. This telecommunications tower was completed in 2012 and at present with 634 meters, it is currently the second tallest building in the world.
Aircrafts approaching the NARITA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT fly almost the flight level of the skyscrapers.
You can watch this event with a sight on the city center in a short video clip.
Towards the south west with mount fuji in a visible distance buildings are much smaller.
How to get to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildung ? The fastest is the Tokyo Metro System. It can be very interesting to take a ride. But that’s another story.