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A Beginner's Guide To Tokyo Tower

A Beginner's Guide To Tokyo Tower

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Tokyo Tower was established over 50 years ago in 1958. It is the second tallest building in Tokyo. In this article, we introduce you to everything you can do and see at the famous tower in the heart of Tokyo.

Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe

Written by Norihiro Yoshida

東京タワーの夜景

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Watching Over The City For Over 50 Years

Tokyo Towers is located in Akabanebashi, an area in Tokyo's Minato ward. It is close to Roppongi, right in the center of Tokyo. The tower was established over 50 years ago in 1958. For over half a century, Tokyo Tower has been watching over the city and the people of Tokyo.

Initially, the tower was built aiming for "the highest tower in the world, surpassing the Eiffel Tower", and boasts a height of 333 meters. There are observatories at 150 meters and 250 meters above the ground. You can overlook the beautiful cityscape of Tokyo both day and night.

東京タワーからの眺める増上寺

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This is the view over Tokyo from Tokyo Tower. The Japanese-style building at the foot of the tower is Zojoji, a temple that has a history spanning over 600 years.

A Ticket Is Necessary To Enter The Observatory

You can purchase tickets to the observatory at the ticket counter on the first floor in front of the entrance. Once you've got your ticket, head to the observatory by elevator.

The observatory is located 150 meters above the ground and you can enjoy a 360-degree view of Tokyo. From the observatory, you can see the various tourist attractions of the city. In the spring, you can admire the sakura (cherry blossoms) blooming in Shiba Park and around Zojoji Temple at the foot of the tower.

The ticket counter is located outside the first-floor entrance.

The observatory is accessed by the elevator, which you will find right across from the entrance.

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The view changes drastically at night. You might want to come here not just once but during different times and seasons.

There is a "Lookdown Window" where you can see through the ground of the floor. It's a great thrill for the brave.

Weekends And Holidays Only: Climb Tokyo Tower By Foot

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At Tokyo Tower, as a weekend-and-holiday-only event, the stairs to the observatory are opened. There are a whopping 600 steps. After some tiring climbing, the 150-meter observatory awaits you.

It'll take time and effort, but you'll definitely be more impressed than if you climb up by elevator. If you're confident about your physical strength, we recommend you give it a try.

If You Want More: Special Observatory

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From the second floor of the observatory, you can access the special observatory, which is located 100 meters higher. The view from 250 meters above the ground is magnificent, and on a sunny day, you will even be able to see Mt. Fuji.

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We especially recommend the night view. You won't forget the bright Tokyo cityscape. Enjoy one of the greatest skyscrapers of the world!

Purchase Tokyo Tower Souvenirs!

At the commercial facility "Foot Town" located on the B1F to 4F of the tower, and also at the souvenir shop at the observatory, you can buy Tokyo Tower original goods. There are various products, like shot glasses and magnets. You won't need to worry about finding the perfect souvenir.

At Tokyo Omiyage Town (Souvenir Town), standard Tokyo souvenir snacks and goods can be purchased. You can buy not only Tokyo Tower souvenirs but also various Tokyo souvenirs here.

The view is great and you can even enjoy shopping at Tokyo Tower. It's located in the center of Tokyo, so you can add it to your schedule when sightseeing other attractions. You might even want to visit a spot you found looking down from the observatory. It's a popular Tokyo tourist spot you won't want to miss!

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