Built in 1958, Tokyo Tower is a 333-metre high observation and communications tower structure that is the second tallest in Japan. Its form is inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and it primarily serves as the foundation support for an antenna intended for radio and television signal broadcasting for various Japanese media companies, including Fuji TV, TBS and NHK.
The number one attraction of Tokyo Tower is its main observatory, which offers a panoramic view of the metropolis. At 150 metres high, it can be reached by elevator or, for the more energetic, by walking up a 600-step staircase.
In addition to the first observation deck, another special observatory can be found 250 metres further up and can be accessed via the elevators. It provides a more extensive view of Tokyo, as well as Mount Fuji during a clear day.
After exploring the upper levels of the tower, visitors may explore the Foot Town building on the ground level where numerous restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops are situated. They may also check out the One Piece Tower, an indoor theme park that consists of rides, games and attractions that feature characters from the hugely popular manga and anime series.
How to Get There
There are five subway stations and one JR station close to Tokyo Tower.
- Get on the Mita Subway Line and get off at Onarimon Station (then walk 5 to 10 minutes to the tower)
- Get on the Oedo Subway Line and get off at Akabanebashi Station (then walk 5 to 10 minutes to the tower)
- Get on the Hibiya Subway Line and get off at Kamiyacho Station (then walk 5 to 10 minutes to the tower)
- Get on the Oedo Subway Line and get off at Daimon Station (then walk 15 to 20 minutes to the tower)
- Get on the Asakusa Subway Line and get off at Daimon Station (then walk 15 to 20 minutes to the tower)
- Get on the JR Yamanote Line and get off at Hamamatsucho Station (then walk 15 to 20 minutes to the tower)
Hours and Fees
The Tokyo Tower observatories are open every day, and operate from 9 am until 11 pm. A ticket to the main observation deck costs 900 yen, while a combo ticket for both observatories costs 1,600 yen.
For more information on Tokyo Tower, here is the link to its English website: Tokyo Tower Official Website (English).