Tokyo Tower, Tokyo

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    Tokyo Tower

    by Rabbityama Written Mar 8, 2012
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    Tokyo Tower is arguably the most iconic symbol of Tokyo (although Asakusa's Sensoji Temple comes close as well), and most people will at least see it even if they don't actually visit. It's 333 meters tall, which is 13 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower. Like most Japanese towers, it's a bit expensive to go inside. Just to go to the observation deck halfway up the tower costs 820 yen, and if you want to go to the top it is an additional 600 yen.

    Because it is one of the few well-known landmarks in Tokyo, some people want to come here first however, if you are going to spend the money to go inside the tower, I think it's best to do it after you've visited other Tokyo sites. That way when you get inside the tower you can identify the places you visited. If you go at the beginning, the places you can see from the tower won't have much meaning to you.

    For many, Tokyo Tower is more of a tourist trap, but for better or for worse, the fact that it's such a prominent and famous symbol of the city makes it at least an obligatory visit for many people. The view of it from the outside from various parts of the city (particularly at night) may be satisfying enough though.

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    Tokyo Tower

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When I went up the Eiffel tower in Paris, I was sure I was visiting a one of a kind site. I am now on my third Eiffel Tower ( the other is in Las Vegas). I am now on a quest to find and see all the Effiel tower wannabees out there. By the way same is true of the Arc de Triumph, seems to be a lot of them too!

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    Personally, I like the park best

    by Bunsch Written Oct 3, 2010

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    For many people, Tokyo Tower is a "must see" and indeed you can't help seeing it from many places in the City, particularly at night when it is brilliantly illuminated. I'm not a particular fan of heights, though, and in any case had been living on the 27th floor of one building for three weeks, so I'd seen a view very similar to that available if I'd paid my entrance fee and taken the scary elevator up to the top. I did very much enjoy the area immediately around the Tower, though. The entrance is canopied by these fabulous, colorful fish banners called Koinobori (you see the "koi" in front, right?) and reminded me a lot of the waiting area for Table Mountain cable cars. And the surrounding park is lovely and peaceful. If you walk just a bit farther, you'll get to Zozoji, which I'll detail in another tip.

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    Small Top Big Bottoms

    by walterwu Updated Jan 8, 2010

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    The nearest subway train is the Akabanebashi Station which is run and managed under Oedo Line. This line is NOT included in the Tokyo Metro day pass.

    If you wish to make use of Tokyo Metro day pass, the nearest station would be Kamiyacho Station of Hibiya Line.

    Admission tickets are two tier system, 800Yen for the main observatory level (150m) which can accommodate alot of visitors.

    The special observatory is, obviously, smaller and cannot accommodate every visitor. To discourage everybody from going onto the special observatory, there a long queue at the main observatory level to pay yet ANOTHER 600Yen to be able to go up to that level (250m).

    If you are planning to be at the 250m level, make sure you allow enough time to queue and buy the secondary entrance ticket at the main observatory level.

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    Sweeping Tokyo Views from Tokyo Tower

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 10, 2009

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    some magnificent views around the tokyo area as seen from the tokyo tower. you can see the Roppongi Hills complex in the roppongi area from the tower. Tokyo Bay and the nearby Odaiba City plus the Rainbow bridge can also be viewed from the tower. Sumida River and the Tokyo Imperial Palace East Garden can also be viewed from the tower and the bustling skysrapers of Shinjuku and Ikeburo Sun City are visible from the tower.On a clear day, you can see mount fuji (which is 97 kilometers away) from the tower. be ready to take pictures and videos of these wonderful scenes from this tokyo tower!

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    View in and Around Tokyo Tower

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 10, 2009

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    assorted view outside and inside the tokyo tower. Although it chiefly functions as a radio and television broadcasting antenna, the Tower is best known as a tourist destination, though it is decried by some as overpriced tourist trap and inconveniently located, and as having poor amenities. FootTown, the main building below the tower, is the attraction below the tower. The first floor includes the Aquarium Gallery, a reception hall, the 400-person-capacity "Tower Restaurant," a FamilyMart convenience store and a souvenir shop. This floor's main attractions, however, are the three elevators that serve as a direct ride to the Main Observatory. The second floor is primarily a food and shopping area. In addition to the five standalone restaurants, the second floor's food court consists of four restaurants, including a McDonald's and a Pizza-La.

    A Shinto shrine is located on the second floor of the Main Observatory making it the highest shinto srhine in tokyo metropolitan area. FootTown's third and fourth floors house several tourist attractions. The third floor is home to the Guinness World Records Museum Tokyo, a museum that houses life-size figures, photo panels and memorabilia depicting interesting records that have been authenticated by the Guinness Book.The Tokyo Tower Wax Museum, opened in 1970, displays wax figures imported from London where they were made. The figures on display range from pop culture icons such as The Beatles to historical figures such as Jesus Christ. A hologram gallery named the Gallery DeLux, a lounge and a few specialty stores are also located on this floor. Tokyo Tower's Trick Art Gallery is located on the building's forth and final floor. This gallery displays optical illusions, including paintings and objects that visitors can interact with.On the roof of the FootTown building is a small amusement park that contains several small rides and hosts live performances for children. On weekends and holidays, visitors can use the roof to access the tower's outside stairwell. At approximately 600 steps, the stairwell is an alternative to the tower's elevators and leads directly to the Main Observatory.

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    Tokyo Tower 2 (going to main viewing deck)

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 10, 2009

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    inside the tokyo tower! With 333 meters, Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower of Paris, and the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower. It was completed in the year 1958 as a symbol for Japan's rebirth as a major economic power, and serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna and tourist attraction. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations. the elevator to main viewing decks takes about 40 second to go up and down to and from foot town. The FootTown, is a 4-story building located directly under the tower, houses museums, restaurants and shops. Departing from here, guests can visit two observation decks. The 2-story Main Observatory is located at 150 meters (492 ft), while the smaller Special Observatory reaches a height of 250 meters (820 ft).

    The two-floor Main Observatory, located at 145 m, provides visitors with a view of Tokyo and houses several attractions. The first floor is home to a small café and Club 333, a small stage that is used to put on live music shows. Also located on this floor are two "look down windows" that allow visitors to stand over a small clear window and look to the ground 145 m below. The second floor (at 150 m) houses a small souvenir shop and a Shinto shrine, the highest shrine in the special wards of Tokyo. The elevators leading to the Special Observatory are also located on this floor. Departing on these elevators, visitors can reach the Special Observatory. a small, circular, completely enclosed observatory located at 250 meters. (prices for entrance to both main and special viewing decks are found at my tokyo tower first tip).

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    Tokyo Tower 1 (going and buying tickets)

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 10, 2009

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    going to tokyo tower, the tower was made for the tokyo olympics of 1964. you can go to the tokyo tower via Onarimon Station on the Mita Subway Line and Akabanebashi Station on the Oedo Subway Line. You can also walk there from Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote and JR Keihin-Tohoku Line in about 15 minutes or you can do what we did which was to Book a Panoramic Tokyo City Day Tour which included the entrance and the transport to tokyo tower. the tower has 2 main viewing platforms, Visitors can ascend to the main observatory at 150 meters and the special observatory at 250 meters to get a bird's eye view of Tokyo.

    hours and fees:

    Hours: 9:00 to 22:00 everyday
    Closed: No closing days
    Admission: 1420 Yen (to top floor), 820 Yen (to intermediate floor only)

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    Tower Power!

    by clueless83 Updated Aug 31, 2009

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    We decided to go up the Tokyo Tower as it was just a short walk from our hotel. The tower is taller than the Eiffel Tower but not nearly as famous. It is also an antenna for most tv and radio stations in Tokyo.

    Sometimes they have live music there but we missed the band. The staff are very polite and when we left (at closing time I believe) about 5 staff all bowed and said goodbye to us. Worth a look if you like that sort of thing.

    More information on the website. My favourite thing on the website are the two weird pink mascot things whose mottos are:

    Older brother: "Look at things with a hot heart with the cool touch"
    Younger brother: "Start with small things and keep going on steady"

    We didn't see them at the tower sadly.

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    Is it an Icon or an eye sore ?

    by fachd Updated Jun 11, 2009

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    The 333 metre (1,091 ft) Tokyo Tower opened in 1958 and it is the world’s tallest self supporting steel tower. Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower. The main observatory tower is 150 metre high, from there you can view large chunk of Tokyo at 360 degree rotation.

    Like the Eiffel tower in Paris, Tokyo Tower is a popular tourist destination. Over 150 million people have visited the tower since its opening.

    There are restaurants and shops for you to buy goodies. The tower also features an aquarium, a wax museum, and several of showrooms. At night the tower looks impressive. We can see Tokyo Tower day and night from our hotel (Grand Prince New Tanakawa).

    If you end up going to Tokyo Tower you might as well visit Zojoji Temple, there next to each other.

    Open: 09.00 - 22.00
    Cost: 1420 Yen (to top floor), 820 Yen (to intermediate floor only)

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    Tokyo Tower

    by salisbury3933 Written Apr 7, 2009

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    On a nice day the view can be pretty good, but when the city is enveloped in haze, as it sometimes is, the view is less good.

    It's interesting anyway to visit an elevated spot in Tokyo, if anything to get an idea as to the scale of the whole greater Tokyo urban area.

    There are two observation points, one from 150 metres, and a second one at 250 metres.

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    Tokyo Tower, a night time spectacular.

    by FlowerOfScotland Written Feb 12, 2009

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    One view from the first observation deck.

    During my recent trip to Tokyo I didn't intend to go to Tokyo Tower, but on my last night I had nothing else planned to do, so I went. I was so glad I did.
    I didn't have a look around the ground floor and went straight to the lift. The ride in the lift up to the observation deck was pretty impressive, the coloured interior lights of the lift generates an air of excitement as it wisks you up 150 metres. Upon exiting the lift, going to the observation deck windows and seeing Tokyo at night was mind-blowing. At this level, you are above most buildings except the tallest skyscrapers, the tops of which are about at eye-level. However, once you have experienced this view, you want more. The lift up to the special observation deck has transparent sides and the ride up to the 250 metre level is dramatic. Once there, you are above the tallest skyscrapers and can see right over Tokyo Bay. The view is absolutely fantastic. and in my opinion, is worth every yen. To go to both observation decks costs Y1,420 (820+600)
    I have visited quite a few city towers, Eiffel Tower in Paris and the TV tower in Alexanderplatz, Berlin - to name two - which cost roughly the same as this one, about £10-12, but they are 'not a patch' on the overall experience of Tokyo Tower.

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    by kimbee_vergara Written Aug 12, 2008

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    Constructed in 1958, Tokyo Tower soars 333 meters, 13 meters higher than the Eiffel Tower. There are two observatories from which to get panoramic views of Tokyo, and Mount Fuji on a clear day. The Main Observatory is 150 meters high, the Special Observatory, 250 meters high. The tower is lit by 164 floodlights: orange in winter, and incandescent white in summer. Inside the tower, you will also find the Tokyo Tower Wax Museum, the Mysterious Walking Zone and the Trick Art Gallery.

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    Tokyo Tower

    by imstress Written Aug 12, 2008

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    Tokyo Tower stand at 333 meters tall and is the world’s tallest freestanding iron structure. It is taller than the Eiffel Tower by 13m. The observation floors are at the height of 150m and 250m. On a clear day, you can get a good view of Mount Fuji.

    Tokyo Tower was built in 1958 to carry television transmissions. It now broadcast all Tokyo’s channels as well as FM radio stations.

    The Tokyo Tower also house an aquarium at the first floor. On the fourth floor is the Trick Art Gallery where special paints are used to create 3D pictures. There is a wak museum and Hologram exhibition at the third level.

    Tokyo tower opens daily from 9am to 10pm. The entrance fee is 800Y. Nearest stations are Kamiyacho and Onarimon Stations.

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    Japanese Eiffel Tower?!

    by Marisola Updated Aug 6, 2008
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    Yes, almost like the Eiffel Tower --- except it's 13 meters taller!!! The Tokyo Tower is 333 meters tall! Visit here and you can see a great view of Tokyo! You might even see Mt. Fuji! If you come with an organized tour group, you can go to the front of the line, which is very nice on a hot day! There are souvenir shops and a food court on the 2nd floor which even has a McDonald's!

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