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.
Tokyo Tower is actually taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it is also uglier! The tower is a bright orange monstrosity that sits really close to Roppongi and is unforntunately visable all over the city. An aquarium, wax museum and several more attractions can be found on the ground floors of the tower. But they charge a fee to get into those.
The only good thing about the tower (Other than the fact that it is useful for broadcasting TV signals) is the view of the city from the top. On a good day, you can even see Mt. Fuji. It costs about 1500 Yen to get to the top, but you can be like Japanese Children and get a little stamp commemorating your visit to the tower. It is a free souvenier that you can't get anywhere else.
Tokyo Tower is 333 meters tall. 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.
You 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. Under good weather conditions, Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance.
But nowaday, tourist is getting less since they are lots of new tourist spot located in Tokyo such as Roppongi Hill and Disneyland.
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)
This is one of my favorite tourist destination. Tokyo Tower at 333 m is taller than Eiffel Tower of Paris.
There is a main observation deck and a higher observation deck just like Eiffel Tower.
You can have a panoromic view of Tokyo and even Mt. Fuji and the Central Japanese Alps on a clear day. But I enjoying seeing the shoe-box like buildings below with the tentacles of highways and blotches of green park from above.
At least you can say, "I went up Tokyo Tower".
The great Tokyo Tower was built in 1958 and resembles pretty much the Tour Eiffel in Paris. However in the Japanese striving for perfection they built a much better tower than the Paris original: with a height of 333 m it is 11 m higher than the Eiffel Tower and much lighter. There are observatories in 150 m and 250 m height. The Entrance fee for the first is 820 ¥ and for the special observatory there is another fee to be paid at the first one. This one costs around another 500 ¥. This is quite expensive for Tokyo but the views of Shinjuku, Roppongi Hills, the Imperial Palace Gardens and Odaiba are very stunning.
Underneath the tower is a shopping mall with restaurants and lots of souvenir stores as well as a wax figure cabinett and the Modern Science Museum which cost extra.
Facts: 164 light bulbs to make sure it lit up at night cost 820 Yen($6US) for the Grand Observation at 150m (450ft) and the Special Observation Platform go to another 100m(300ft) for 600 Yen (about$4,5)
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!