The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, (also referred to as Tokyo City Hall, or Tocho) is the building which houses the headquarters of Tokyo local government; this comprises not only the 23 wards that people think of as the "city" of Tokyo, but also the cities, towns and villages that make up Tokyo as a whole.
Located in Shinjuku, it is the tallest building in Tokyo at 243 meters (799 feet) from base to top, and the second-tallest structure after Tokyo Tower. The two top-floor observation decks are free of charge to the public.
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 supposed to looks like 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 Tocho is "Tax Tower."
The other two buildings in the complex are 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.
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Robbi-chan (2) 2006-06-26 9:17
What a great view! Very nice, I love this photo and I love this city. Can't wait to be there again.
Tibo (1906) 2006-06-26 11:57
Hi Greg. Nice shot. Quite opened! I thought there were more high buildings in Tokyo. Nice to have an aerial view of it. Thanks, Tibo
Dragonheart (8414) 2006-06-30 14:24
what a view, you can see whole of Tokyo from such a height. The building is impressive too. Good POV.
MIG13 (0) 2006-07-01 22:57
Hi, Greg! Tokyo is a huge and impressive metropolis, and this pic shows it very well, in a good perspective! I like the urban scenary (buildings look great!)! Thanks for sharing! Best regards! Miguel.
Andre-H (1271) 2006-10-22 11:06
Wow! What a view! I'm getting more curious about Tokyo, and I'd love to get to see it like this. The nearby skyscrapers really dwarf the surrounding structures to such a point that everything else looks like an unending, flat, urban expanse.
- Copyright: Greg Simon (gsimon) (387)
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- Date Taken: 2005-10-12
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