Located at 333 meters high in the center of Tokyo. The Tokyo Tower is the tallest freestanding steel tower and is 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. A symbol of Japan’s post-war rebirth as a major economic power, the Tokyo Tower was the country’s tallest structure from its completion in 1958 until 2012, when it was surpassed by the Tokyo Skytree. In addition to being a popular tourist spot, Tokyo Tower serves as a broadcasting antenna.
The tower’s main observation deck, located at 150 meters, can be accessed by an elevator or a 600-step staircase (both of which require a fee). Thanks to the central position of the tower, the observatory offers an interesting view of the city despite its relatively moderate height. There are also “waiting windows” on the floor where one can stand, a souvenir store and a café where visitors can have refreshments.
A second set of elevators connects the main observatory to the 250-meter-high dedicated observatory, from which one can get a panoramic view of Tokyo overlooking the surrounding buildings. The dedicated observation deck is the third highest observation deck in Tokyo. When visibility is good, visitors can see the Tokyo Skytree and Mount Fuji.
Just below the tower is the Foot Town building, which houses various souvenir stores, cafes, restaurants and One Piece Tower, an indoor amusement park. The park, which opened on the 15th anniversary of the popular manga in 2015, features a variety of shows, games, and other attractions featuring characters from the series.
How to get to the Tower
The closest subway stations to the Tokyo Tower are Onarimon Station on the Mita subway line, Akabanebashi Station on the Oedo subway line, and Kamiyacho Station on the Hibiya subway line, all of which are about a 5-10 minute walk from the tower. You can also walk to the tower in 15-20 minutes from Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line or Daimon Station on the Asakusa or Oedo lines.
Opening hours and ticket prices
Observatories: opening hours from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm (entrance until 10:30 pm). No closing days.
Ticket price: 900 yens, 7€, $8 (observation deck only), 1600 yens, 13€, $14 (both observation decks).
One Piece Amusement Park: from 10am to 10pm (entrance until 9pm). No closing days
Ticket price: 3200 yen, 25€, $28 (200 yen discount if purchased at a grocery store or travel agency)
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