The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, or Tocho as it’s known locally, is an iconic building and center point in Tokyo City. Comprised of three main buildings, the most recognizable is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Number 1, a towering skyscraper of 48 stories.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building was built in 1990 to replace the old government building. It is home to the many government offices responsible for the administration of the greater Tokyo area. At the time of its completion, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building was the tallest in the capital. However, it has since been overtaken, most notably by the Tokyo Skytree®.
Other than being the home of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the building features an observation deck, which offers visitors the opportunity to experience breathtaking views of the city morning, noon, and night. Entrance to the observation deck is free of charge, making it one of the most affordable things to do in Tokyo. Both the north and south observation decks have cafes for visitors to enjoy, but the north tower also boasts a bar. Open until 22:30, this hidden drinking spot makes a brilliant addition to the Tokyo nightlife scene.
The building is open from 8:00 to 18:45 during weekdays only.