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Tokyo Tower

Often characterised as bringing a little of the romance of Paris to the busy streets of the nation’s capital, Tokyo Tower is a steel structure with a lot of heart.

Let’s pretend you’re in a movie. After you’ve run away from Godzilla and risked the infamous crush of Shibuya Crossing, how can you be absolutely sure that you’re in Tokyo? Well, if you’re lucky enough to stumble across the red and white, taller version of the Eiffel Tower, you can be absolutely sure you’ve made it. Time to enjoy Tokyo Tower!

As well as being a well known landmark on the Tokyo skyline, Tower Tower offers a fantastic bird’s-eye view of the Tokyo city-scape at 333 meters meters high.

The main observatory can be reached by elevator or, if you fancy working off your breakfast/lunch/dinner, you can take the 600 stairs. A second set of elevators takes you even higher to the special observatory, the third-highest observation deck in Tokyo, boasting a cinematic view of the city and Mt. Fuji on clear days.

Tokyo Tower seen from the bottom

Tokyo Tower is especially spectacular at night and makes for a dazzling photo-op from the courtyard of nearby Zojoji Temple.

At the main observatory “lookdown windows” allow the brave to walk over see-through glass while ant-size salary-men go about their usual business below. For those of you who are scared of heights: don’t worry! You can relax in the cafe or pick out some cute Tokyo-Tower-meets-Hello-Kitty merchandise from the souvenir shop away from the windows.

If you’re more of a One Piece fan, take the elevator down, down below to the “Foot Town” building (who named it and why?). Home to the One Piece Tower amusement park that opened in 2015 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the manga, you can also find a variety of cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops selling products from all over Japan.

Tokyo Tower isn’t just a magnificent architectural feat; it’s also a symbol of Japan’s post-war boom and rebirth as a major economic power. From 1958 until 2012, it was even the tallest building in Japan (dammit Tokyo Skytree).

Things To Know

Opening Hours

Tokyo Tower (including the observatories and One Piece Tower) are open every day of the year. The observatory opening times are from 9:00 to 23:00 (entry until 22:00) and One Piece Tower is open from 10:00 to 22:00 (entry until 21:00).

Fees

¥900 for the main observation deck only or ¥1600 for both observation decks. Entry to One Piece Tower costs ¥3200 with ¥200 discount if you purchase tickets through a convenience store or travel agent.

How To Get There

By train

A number of subways stations can be found near Tokyo Tower. The closest stations are Onarimon Station on the Mita Line, Akabanebashi Station on the Oedo Line and Kamiyacho on the Hibiya Line. These are all a 5-10 minute walk from the tower. If you want to stroll along and admire it from afar, take the 15-20 minute walk from Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line or Daimon Station on the Asakusa or Oedo subway lines.

Where To Stay

The Prince Park Tower Tokyo
  • Shiba Koen 4-8-1 105-8563
  • 9/10
  • 0.4 km
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Zabutton hostel
  • Minato-ku. Higashiazabu 1-29-20 Minato-Ku, Tokyo 106-0044
  • 8.7/10
  • 0.5 km
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Shiba Park Hotel
  • Shibakoen 1-5-10 Minato-Ku, Tokyo 105-0011
  • 8.4/10
  • 0.6 km
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Shiba Park Hotel 151
  • 1-5-10, Shiba koen Minato-Ku, Tokyo 105-0011
  • 0.6 km
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