The second tallest building & Japanese skyscrapers structure after tokyo sky tree, is world famous center of attraction for visitors in japan. This iconic landmark of tokyo, is featured by self-supporting steel tower.
This iconic symbol of tokyo and japan, is one of the best-known towers in the world. Made of prefabricated steel, Tokyo Tower is called light because it weighs only 4,000 metric tons. Tokyo Tower is perhaps most known for its distinctive steel framework. The world’s tallest self-supported steel structure, it was modeled after the Eiffel Tower in France but is lighter and taller. At night the tower is lit up by 176 floodlights, orange in winter and white in summer. Various tourist attractions surround the base of the tower, but the price of admission is separate. At a height of 1,092 feet (333 meters), it is the world’s tallest self-supporting steel tower. Since its opening in 1958, it has become well known to visitors around the world, not only as one of Tokyo’s popular sightseeing attractions, but also as the symbol of Tokyo as an international city. All of Tokyo’s nine television and four FM radio stations are transmitted throughout the entire metropolitan area from Tokyo Tower. Tokyo Tower is a famous Japanese and Tokyo icon and landmark made famous through many Japanese films and anime.
Tokyo Tower is an icon of Japan which is primarily a tv antenna tower styled like the Eiffel Tower. Tokyo Tower is also a popular tourist destination as an observation deck which provides views over the Tokyo Bay Area and of some of the surrounding areas. On very rare occasions, when the air is particularly clear, you can see Mt. Fuji. Over the years much of the view from Tokyo Tower has been obscured by the many other tall buildings in Tokyo, many of which are taller than Tokyo Tower.
Interesting Facts about Tokyo Tower
- Founder and president is Hisakichi Maeda.
- Year Lauched – A.D 1958
- Height – Tokyo Tower is the world’s tallest self-supporting steel tower at 332.5m.
- Weight – The Tokyo Tower weighs about 4,000 tons.
- Number of waves transmitting -24 broadcast waves, among them, 14 are analog waves and 10 are digital waves.
- Number of lights installed – 176 floodlights installed in various parts light up the Tower. The Tower is illuminated with an orange light in winter and white incandescent light in summer, delighting visitors and passers-by.
- Mascots – The Tokyo Tower has 2 mascots named Noppon .Older Brother wear blue dungarees and Younger Brother wear red dungarees. They were ‘born’ on December 23, 1998.
- Observation decks – Tokyo Tower has two observation decks, the Main Observatory and Special Observatory, both offer a 360 degree view of Tokyo.
- Main revenues – Antenna leasing and tourism.
- Number of visitors since opening – 150 millions
360-degree PANORAMIC VIEW & Attractions of Tokyo
Tokyo Tower is something of a shameless tourist trap, though it’s good fun if you go with the right attitude. Lifts whisk visitors up to the main observation deck at 150m (there’s another ‘special’ deck at 250m), which provides some stunning views of the sprawling megalopolis that is Tokyo; there are loftier views at the new, taller and more expensive Tokyo Sky Tree. The 1st floor of Tokyo Tower boasts an enormous aquarium , while the 3rd floor is home to a wax museum that has some degree of retro popularity. The tower has the main observatory at 150 meters and the special observatory at 223.5 meters, both enabling visitors to enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of Tokyo, such as high-rise buildings in the nation’s capital, the Tokyo Skytree broadcasting tower which began operating in 2011 and Tokyo Bay. If it is fine, visitors can also see the Boso peninsula, Mt. Tsukuba and even Mt. Fuji far in the distance. From the observation cafe at night, visitors can overlook the dazzling night view of Tokyo while drinking tea. On the Club 333 special stage set up next to the tower, jazz, pop and other music events are held under the concept of night scenery and music.
The four-story FootTown building directly under Tokyo Tower houses Tokyo Tower Aquarium, souvenir shops and Asia’s biggest wax museum where visitors can meet world-famous people. Visitors should not miss the illumination of Tokyo Tower that begins at sunset. In addition to the conventional pattern of illumination, seven lighting colors illuminate the tower by means a mechanism called “Diamond veil” to match promotional and other events, spellbinding viewers.
Entry Fees/Tickets & Access
Buying your tickets can be confusing – tickets for the “main” gallery are bought from the ticket booths on the first floor. Tickets for the “special” gallery are bought from the booths located in the “main” gallery. In other words you have to buy a “main” gallery ticket in order to go up to the “special” gallery.
Tokyo Tower is open 9am to 10pm with the last entry at 9:45pm.
- Main Observatory (150m): Adults 820 yen, Children 460 yen, Infants 310 yen
- Special observatory (250m): (You require access to the Main Observatory first, so these prices are in addition to Main Observatory fees) Adults 600 yen, Children 400, yen Infants 350 yen.
Tokyo Tower Access:
There are several way to access Tokyo Tower via public transport:
- Akabanebashi Station on the Metropolitan Subway Oedo line then a 5 minute walk.
- Onarimon Station on the Metropolitan Subway Mita line then a 6 minute walk.
- Kamiyacho Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya line then a 7 minute walk.
JR Train Service: Hamamatsucho Station on the Yamanote line then a 15 minute walk.
Tourist attractions and Sightseeing
Tokyo Tower is located in a lively business and entertainment district. The food town is a great attraction point. There’s a large temple called Zojoji Temple and small park called Shiba Koen directly beside the tower. These are good places from which to photograph the tower. Juban Inari Shrine and Suntory Hall is worth to see.
Atago Jinja is a shrine in the center of Tokyo’s business district near Toranomon that’s best known for its long, steep, ancient stone staircase.
Toranomon Hills is a 52-storey skyscraper in the heart of central Tokyo. It’s amongst the tallest buildings and most visited tourist attraction in japan.
Best Time to Visit
Get the most bang out of your buck and go to Tokyo Tower when the view is the most spectacular. For viewing the exterior of the tower the best time is either early morning as the Sun is rising, late afternoon around dusk, and finally at night when the sky is black. For viewing the city from the Observatory, obviously any time is good while there’s still sun light. The suggested program is to arrive at the tower 1hr before sunset, in order to view the Tower’s exterior whilst bathing in the golden late afternoon sunlight. Then ascend the tower to view the city from the Observatory. Next spend some time in Foot Town, checking out the various features and places to eat. Then finally by the time you’re done it should be dark out and you can have a chance to view the exterior glowing in the darkness.