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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Oka1.JPG
General information
Location Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates 35°41′23″N 139°41′32″E / 35.68972°N 139.69222°E / 35.68972; 139.69222
Status Complete
Groundbreaking 1988
Constructed 1988–1991
Opening 1991
Use Prefecture building
Roof 242.9 meters (797 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 48
Floor area 27,500 m² (296,000 ft2)
Cost 157 billion yen
Companies involved
Architect(s) Kenzo Tange

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (東京都庁舎 Tōkyō Tochōsha?), also referred to as Tokyo City Hall or Tochō (都庁) for short, houses the headquarters of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which governs not only the 23 wards, but also the cities, towns and villages that make up Tokyo as a whole.

Located in Shinjuku, it held the title of the tallest building (by roof height) in Tokyo, at 243 meters (799 feet), from 1991 to late 2006, when it surrendered its title upon the completion of Midtown Tower. The two top-floor panoramic observation decks are free of charge to the public and contain many gift shops. They are open till 11 pm on weekdays. Use of cameras is permitted, but tripods are forbidden.

The building consists of a complex of three structures, each taking up a city block. The tallest and most prominent of the three is Tokyo Metropolitan Main building No.1, a tower 48 stories tall that splits into two sections at the 33rd floor. The building also has three levels below ground. The design of the building (which was meant to resemble a computer chip), by architect Kenzo Tange (and associates), has many symbolic touches, most notably the aforementioned split which re-creates the look of a Gothic cathedral.

Finished in 1991 at the expense of 157 billion yen (about US$ 1 billion) of public money, a popular nickname for Tochō is "Tax Tower".[citation needed]

The other two buildings in the complex are the eight-story Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly Building (including one underground floor) and Tokyo Metropolitan Main Building No.2, which has 37 stories including three below ground.


In popular culture

  • The Tokyo metropolitan government building is the last remaining Tokyo landmark after the city is in ruins in the anime series, Mobile Fighter G Gundam.

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Preceded by
Sunshine 60
Tallest building in Japan
243 m (797 ft)
Succeeded by
Yokohama Landmark Tower
Tallest building in Tokyo
243 m (797 ft)
Succeeded by
Midtown Tower

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