Last year, I was surprised to learn that Tokyo is actually not a city, anymore. Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis, is actually a prefecture (similar to a state or province in other countries) and 23 special wards or cities now occupy the land that used to be the city of Tokyo until it was abolished in 1943. Shinjuku, one of Tokyo’s biggest cities, with the busiest train station in the world, is a major commercial and administrative center. It was actually quite deserted today because it’s an official holiday. We came here to check out the view from the top of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, a.k.a. Tokyo City Hall, which houses the headquarters of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
At 243 meters, this building with two towers used to be the tallest building (by roof height) in Tokyo until late 2006. The building consists of a complex of three structures and the tallest structure is a tower that is 48 stories tall and that splits into two sections at the 33rd floor, creating the look of a very modern Gothic cathedral.
Both sections have panoramic observation decks which are free of charge. We went up to one observation deck which provided us with a nice view of the metropolis and its millions of buildings.