The Bunkyo Civic Center, and its Sky View Lounge observatory is, as far as we are concerned, the best spot in Tokyo to enjoy Mt Fuji behind Shinjuku’s major skyscrapers. Open year round with free admission since 1994, the Bunkyo Civic Center had a rather rocky start and today’s design is actually very different from the initial one! the original building that was built in 1959 was not deemed to match future safety standards and it was instead decided that it would make more economical sense to come-up with an entire new design. Opening for the second time in 1994, the Bunkyo Civic Center, the administrative heart of Bunkyo, is a radiant compromise between modern architecture and functionality. If you ever have the chance to visit the Bunkyo Civic Center, we would strongly advise you to do so as early as possible in the morning (9 a.m.) or during sunset.