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Tokyo Tower

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Tokyo Tower

An iconic landmark in the heart of the city, Tokyo Tower is located in the Minato ward of Tokyo. With an enormous cost of 2.8 billion yen at the time, the construction started in June 1957 and was rapidly completed in the following year. Though it is actually a structure to support an antenna for communications and broadcasting, the building is better recognized as a tourist attraction to the world.  Since December 1958, Tokyo Tower receives approximately 3 million guests from around the world each year. This masterpiece was designed by Tachu Naito, an eminent architect who also built other earthquake-proof skyscrapers such as the Tsūtenkaku in Osaka and Sapporo tower in Hokkaido. A lattice steel tower resembling the Eiffel Tower, Tokyo Tower is slightly taller with a height of 333 meters (1092 ft).  The second tallest structure in Tokyo, Tokyo Tower was among the first tallest skyscrapers constructed because the Japan government did not allow property to exceed 31 meters in the past. 


Tokyo Tower has a total of 15 floors and two observatory decks: Main deck (at 150 meters) and Special Observatory (at 250 meters). From the Main Deck, tourist can get a panoramic view of the city through the glass window. You may find the busy Ginza shopping district by the Chiyoda Ward on the north, the Roppongi Hill on the West, and Tokyo Bay on the East. On a sunny day, the Mt. Fuji can also be viewed. At the base of Tokyo Tower is the Foot Town comprises the Tokyo Souvenir Town, Tokyo Tower Aquarium and One Piece Tower. With many shops and restaurant, the Foot Town also serves as a resting area.


For aviation safety, the tower is painted alternatively into red and white. Most people have the classic image of the tower lighting up as a sparking golden building against the dark sky. However, the tower gets prettier with different lighting themes. Usually, the tower is lit up with the Landmark Light in orange and silver. On Saturdays from 8PM to 10PM, the towers would be in Diamond Veil with a set of seven colors painting the tower into rainbow-like.


The fee to the Main Deck is 900 Yen and to the Special Observatory is 2800 Yen for adults; children and students are eligible for discount. The Main Deck is opened daily from 9:00AM to 11:00PM, and latest entry by 10:30PM. The Top Deck Tour runs from 9:00AM to 10:45PM, and the last tour is at 10:15PM.

Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 9:00-23:00
Entrance Ticket: 900 Yen
Address: 4-2-8 Shiba-koen, Minato 105-0011, Tokyo
Duration: 2 hours

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • How to get to Tokyo Tower with public transportation?
    The most convenient way is to use the Metro or the bus.

    Take the Oedo Line and get off at the Akabanebashi Station, destination will be in about 5 minute walk.

    Take the Hibiya Line and get off at the Kamiyacho Station by the first exit, destination will be in about 7 minute walk.

    Take the Mita Line and get off at the Onarimon Station by Exit A1 or Shibakoen Station by Exit A4, destination will be in about 10 minute walk.

    Take the Asakusa Line and get off at the Daimon Station by Exit A6, destination will be in about 10 minute walk.

    Take a JR line, and get off at the Hamamatsucho Station by the North Exit, destination will be in about 15 minute walk.

    Take the Tokyu Bus and get off at Meguro Station or other station, and destination will be in walking distance.
  • Is Tokyo Tower open every day? When is the last admission?
    Tokyo Tower opens all year round. Main Deck (150m) opens 9:00AM to 23:00PM; last admission at 22:30PM. Top Deck Tour (150m and 250m) opens 9:00AM to 22:45PM; last admission at 22:00PM. One Piece Theme Park opens from 10:00AM to 22:00PM; last admission at 21:00PM.
  • Do I need to reserve a ticket in advance?
    Tickets for the Main Deck, Top Deck Tour, and One Piece Theme Park are sold at the Foot Town 1. Ticket for Top Deck Tour can also be purchased on the official website: https://tdt.tokyotower.co.jp/index.html . You can also buy the One Piece Theme Park ticket by the entrance of Foot Town or on official website: https://www.japanican.com/en/tour/detail/TKT1J07304MMA%20 .
  • If I purchased the ticket for Top Deck Tour, which places can I visit?
    You will have access to both the Main Deck (150m) and the Top Deck (250m).
  • Can I re-enter with the Top Deck Tour ticket? Do children have discount?
    The ticket is only valid for one-time admission. You return and stay on the Main Deck after visiting the Top Deck. Children from 4 to 11 can receive child discount, and kids under 3 years old can enjoy free admission.
  • Can I join the Top Deck Tour in a wheel chair?
    Due to the structure of the building and the sizes of the elevator and the passageway, wheelchairs larger than 700mm x 1200mm are not acceptable, and a limited number of wheelchairs is allowed at a time. Also a companion is required. To be sure you can enter the tower, please contact staffs in advance.
  • What are other places to see near Tokyo Tower?
    Popular attractions near Tokyo Tower are Ginza, Akihabara, Shibuya, Imperial Palace, and Meji Shrine.
  • Do you provide a half day tour with an English speaking tour guide?
    We can offer tours, but advance appointment is needed. Because English speaking tour guide are expensive, we recommend a car rental service for a half day tour, and we can provide a driver who speaks simple English.
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