Tokyo – Metropolitan Government Building & Tokyo Tower (Japan)

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Today Tokyo woke us up with bright blue skies and sun, so we set off to explore the city’s sights. We had previously researched on the Internet that the Metropolitan Government Building has a magnificent view of the metropolis of millions and Mount Fuji.


Travel Guide & Things to Do in Tokyo

In the Metro we found a very good picture about the different districts of Tokyo and their importance for the city, such as Metropolitan Luxury, Cultural Fusion, Nightlife or Cool Tokyo.

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A map of tokyo attractions

LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana in Tokyo

The first stop today was the well-known LOVE sculpture by the artist Robert Indiana. These are available in cities around the world. Among others, the artworks can be found in New York, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Montreal, Vancouver, London, Lisabon, Taipei, Sigapur, Bangkok, Shanghai and also in Tokyo in the shinjuku city district at Shinjuku I-Land Tower.

Metropolitan Government Building

Next we walked to the Metropolitan Government Building, which we could reach in a few minutes on foot from our hotel. On the 45th floor of the North and South Towers there is an observation deckfrom which you have a great view of Japan’s capital – and completely free of charge! In good weather, you can even see the 3776 meter high Mout Fuji from here, where we want to go tomorrow.

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Panoramic view of Tokyo

Tokyo Tower

Afterwards we went by metro to Tokyo Midtown. The central point here is the red-and-white Tokyo Tower, a television tower built in 1958 modelled on the Eiffel Tower. The tower is one of the highest self-supporting turrets in the world, with a height of 332 metres. There are 2 viewing platforms: the Main Observatory at 150 meters and the Special Obervatory at 250 meters altitude. The price for both viewing platforms is 160yen, i.e. about 14 euros. But since we were already on the free Metropolitan Government Building this morning, we are not up to the tower here.

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The Tokyo Tower

Zojoji Buddhist Temple

Next to the tower is the Buddhist Zojoji Temple in a small park, to which we also paid a short visit.

Starbucks Global Icon City Mug of Tokyo

We are collecting the Starbucks Mugs from the cities and islands we visit on our travels. Unfortunately, not every city that has a Starbucks store with an own mug. But if the city has an own mug we like to collect them as a souvenir. We only collect city mugs from the "Global Icon Series", which was released in 2008. You can see our complete collection here: Starbucks - Our collection of Mugs from the Global Icon Series

Tokyo has several Starbucks stores, but the cup of the Global Icon series is incredibly rare. These were probably only available in limited quantities at the US Naval Base. Luckily, we were able to buy one of these rare cups on eBay and are very happy about it 🙂

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Starbucks Global Icon City Mug of Toky

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After spending 4 days in Japan we can say, that we really liked Tokyo! The Japanese are incredibly polite and friendly and despite such a huge city there is no hectic rush. There's something to see on every corner, the city seems very modern and is nevertheless down-to-earth. Even the taxi drivers all wear suits and ties. In Tokyo we would have definitely wanted to spend a few more days.

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