Hokkaido #7: Former Prefectural Gov’t Building (北海道庁旧本庁舎)

I am happy to report that I have finally made it to Hokkaido through the We Love Japan Tour 2015! You can read about my travels through that link, but in between Noboribetsu Onsen and Nibutani, I took a quick detour to Sapporo. I got to see the famous Clock Tower, so I updated that post with some pictures if you’d like to look. I also got to see the Former Prefectural Government Building, with it’s beautiful red bricks done in American-style architecture. You can read a bit about it here.


Building and postcard


Welcome to Sapporo!


The building’s brand


Looking outside

I enjoyed my brief visit to Sapporo and hope I can go again soon!

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Tokyo 4: Shinjuku Government Building (東京都庁舎)

I’ve been going to Tokyo a lot recently. Although I really like Tokyo generally, usually I go maybe once every three months, if that, so it’s always nice to go. The past few months, however, I’ve going at least once a month, and this past month twice. It’s exhausting!

It also means that while I’m getting plenty of new pictures for this blog, it’s getting pretty Tokyo-centric around here. I promise to start posting more from other prefectures soon… I’ve just been going to Tokyo too much to go anywhere else!

While I hopefully gather some new material this weekend, let’s talk about the Shinjuku Government Building in Tokyo. Shinjuku is one of the most famous stations in Tokyo (and the biggest station in the world!), and is a well-known tourist destination. There’s a lot to see, a lot to do, and a lot to eat in Shinjuku at all hours of the day and night. While you’re there, consider heading to the Government Building to see not only its unique shape, but the view from the observation platform. If you get lucky, you might catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji!


This past trip was extremely rainy. I grabbed this picture in a light drizzle, but it wasn’t worth going up to see nothing but rainclouds!


So I’m also posting a few pictures I’ve taken before in fairer weather!


The view from the observation platform around sunset

The Shinjuku Government Building Observation platform is open from 9:30AM to 11:00PM, although the times differ a bit depending on which Tower you visit. You can read more about the towers and how to get there here, and if you go, don’t forget to check out the second story as well… if you’re lucky, there may be a fair going on! There wasn’t when I went unfortunately.