The Tokyo Tower dominates the Tokyo skyline. Taking many similarities from the Eifel Tower, the Tokyo Tower is an iconic structure which offers fantastic panoramic views of this buzzing metropolis. Originally constructed in 1957, this communications tower remains a significant symbol of the economic growth during post-war Japan. The tower is 333 meters high and is visited by millions of travellers each year in search of the best city views.
Visiting the Tokyo Tower
Visitors can choose to visit the Tokyo Tower’s Main Observatory, which offers views at 150 metres, or, for those with a head for heights, the Special Observatory at 250 metres high. For those feeling particularly energetic, in weekends visitors can climb the 600 stair route to the Main Observatory. This is a fun way to reach the top for all the family and those who conquer the challenge will receive a certificate for taking part.
Adorned in 180 light bulbs, the tower really comes to life at night with a special light setting depending on the season. The tower itself is a great site for families, couples and individuals who wish to see the city from above.
Along with magnificent views, Tokyo Tower also boasts Foot Town; a visitor complex at the very foot of the tower with a brilliant range of cafes, shops and an indoor theme park inspired by a popular Japanese animation. On the Main Observatory guests can rest for a bite to eat and drink at Café La Tour or sit back amongst the city lights and listen to live music at Club333 Stage.
History of the Tokyo Tower
After a difficult post-war period, Tokyo Tower officially opened on Christmas Eve of 1958 which marked a symbolic moment in the country’s social and economic recovery. At an impressive 333 metres high, it was the tallest freestanding tower in the world, beating the Eifel Tower in Paris by 13 metres.
It took around 222,000 builders to construct the tower in just 18 months. As well as a communications tower, the building was also designed to collect weather and air pollution data. It has a distinctive bright red and white design which is said to adhere to aviation safety.
Getting to the Tokyo Tower
Located in the popular Shiba district of Minato, Tokyo Tower is very easy to reach. Subway stations on the Oedo, Hibiya, Mita and Asakusa lines are all within a ten minute walk. The closest JR train station is Hamamatsucho Station. From here take the North Exit which is a 15 minute walk to Tokyo Tower. You can also see the iconic Tokyo Tower on a sightseeing tour of Tokyo.
The tower is located in a bustling area which is best explored on foot. In the area you will find shops and restaurants as well as nearby art galleries and temples.
The Tokyu Bus stops one minute away from the tower.
Tokyo Tower Opening Hours
Monday-Sunday 9:00-23:00 (last entry: 22.30)
Adult: 900 Yen (ca. 9 USD)
Child: 500 Yen (ca. 5 USD)