Shinjuku skyline

1 May

Today we went to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building because they have a free observatory on the 45th floor.

We took the express elevator that goes from the first to the forty-fifth floor in 55 seconds! It made my ears pop like flying in an airplane.

I’ve been in this building before when they had a New York City photo exhibit that I went to see a couple of years ago…but I’ve never taken photos of the Shinjuku skyline from the observatory before, so I decided to do that today.

It was a bit overcast today, unfortunately, so the view wasn’t as clear as it could have been.

A sign there said that on a clear day, Mount Fuji can be seen from the observatory.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building isn’t the only place to get a bird’s eye view of Tokyo’s skyline. There are higher buildings and towers in the city…some offer a better view, too. But it’s one of the few free observatories in Tokyo.

Here are some of the photos I took:

3 Responses to “Shinjuku skyline”

  1. tokyo5 May 5, 2008 at 12:17 am #

    Thanks for writing.

    >Thank you for that picture!

    Glad you liked it. I’ll try to take more of that type of photo.

    >Happy Birthday to H!

    Thank you.

    >How’s that–having 3 teenage girls in the house?

    An adventure! But a wonderful one.


  2. Aunt Carol May 4, 2008 at 2:17 am #

    Hi Family,
    The view from the building you were on is spectacular! The density of buildings, and therefore, people, is remarkable.
    I also wanted to comment on the bonsai picture. That picture evoked in me a sense of serenity and peace. It’s beautiful…the rocks…the driveway..the mixture of textures, heights of foliage, the beauty of the bonsai. It seems to me to be a perfect example of all that’s beautiful in the Japanese aesthetic. Thank you for that picture!
    Happy Birthday to H! They are getting to be young women! How’s that–having 3 teenage girls in the house?
    Love, Aunt Carol


  3. Mb May 2, 2008 at 1:48 am #

    Spectacular view! ‘A’ works near the top floor of a skyscraper right next to our apartment, and you can see the city from his office window, but it isn’t nearly as high as that building you went to.


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