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)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
When I stood at the visitors-terrace, I did not realise, that the Tokyo-Tower with it's 333meters is by 13m higher than the famous Eiffel-Tower of Paris!
The view over Tokyo, the Ginza- and Roppongi-areas are smashing. Opposite the tower there is a shrine, a temple and a cemetery. At the observatory you`ll find some souvenir-shops, a restaurant and even a small temple!
As we stayed at Tokyo Prince Hotel, we are just behind the famous TOKYO TOWER with a height of 333 metres. Our rooms had breathaking views day and night of the tower.
Of course it is still a must to go and see inside the humongous structure! We paid just 1400 yen for our family of four up to the special observatory section which is about 250 metres high. Visitors can go up to 150 metres which give 360 views around the city and on a clear day view Mt. Fuji from a distance as well!
It was still a bit foggy in some parts of the city but sunny in most so we were lucky in a way as we breezed our way to the top up to 250 metres.
Get a brochure which gives a guide on what attractions to look out for at the south, north, west or east of the tower!
Aide from the good souvenir shop where we got mementoes like magnets, key chains, shirts, etc. there is also an aquarium, wax museum, and an amusement center for the kids and kids at heart.
No worries, remember there are also a wide variety of eateries and fast food shops and restaurants to choose from! They cater to all sorts of budget too and there is even a family variety mini supermarket! Don't forget to pass by the little specialty shops manned by friendly old Japanese ladies who will meticulously wrap each item you buy in dainty shiny colourful wrapping papers! That is the bonus!
We decided to go to Tokyo at the last minute. So, my sisters and I caught a train from Tsuchuira to Tokyo. Once we got there, we visited two shrines fist and got to the Tokyo Tower. At 3:00 pm, the line was so long for the ticketing office. We were told that the wait is about an hour and a half! So, we decided to wait anyway. I was thinking, it will be good to wait since by the time that we get out fromt the tower, the lights will be out and we can take some pictures of the illuminated Tokyo Tower!
My sister was impatients so I sent her to buy some ice cream. We enjoyed waiting after that while we were eating. There were kids behind us and they were playing with their grandmother. It was good to listen to them and watching them.
The children kept watching me because my sister and me have braces on our teeth!
600 Yen to get to the lower platform, with additional 600 yen you may go to the higher one. However, the view wont be much different.
Honestly, it is not that impressive compared to panorama view sites in cities like New York, Chicago, Toronto, Las Vegas, London, Paris..., it carries a special meaning for lovers. Some say the tower will bless couple a life long love.