The free Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office offers great views of the city during daytime and evening, plus on clear days you can even see Mount Fuji. You can also buy your name in Japanese characters in the gift shop at the top.
A tourist information center is found on the 1st floor (help in English available). It has some excellent, free maps for hiking in or near Tokyo, so ask about these.
Budget travel tips
Just come here, rather than the Skytree.
Walk to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office from Shinjuku station (about 15 minutes).
How to get there
Take the Toei Oedo line (pink metro line) from Shinjuku station to Tochomae station, the follow the signs to the Tokyo Metropolitan Building. It is also possible to walk here from Shinjuku station. There are plenty of maps around Shinjuku station to help, or you can use the Google map below.
Opening times: 9:30am to 11pm (entry ends 30 minutes before closing)
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