Last week, I met fellow blogger and photographer, “Cocomino” for lunch (my wife and daughter came too). We had a great time, and Cocomino kindly took us over to the Tokyo Metropolitan Office or tochō (都庁) for short. We got a great view from the observation deck of all of Tokyo. Here’s some of the better photos:
First, here’s the Tokyo Metropolitan Office itself:
Quite large. The observation deck is on the 45th floor and is very popular. From here you can see all around Tokyo:
These are major office buildings, but I can’t remember their names. Here’s a view of west Tokyo, including Tokyo Tower (orange and white) and the Sky Tree (the tower in the distance to the right):
And here’s Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi:
Here’s east Tokyo by the way:
Considering that the city is 300+ years old, it’s amazing how large it’s grown, even with war and earthquakes. It really blows the mind.
When we came down, we happen to see an ice-carving contest to promote Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Olympics:
The ice carvers worked for an hour to carve these blocks and made some amazing stuff. It was hard to photograph from a distance though, so I don’t have any good photos. Also, it was sooooooo hot and muggy, we left as soon as the carving was done.
Anyhow, pretty amazing view. Thanks Cocomino!