Tokyo Tower

Welcome to Wednesdays in December’s series: Towers around the world. For this week’s post, I have chosen the symbol of Tokyo: Tokyo Tower.

My first time in Tokyo was March this year. My visit’s purpose was to participate of an exhibition and to meet a few business partners and prospects. One of the first things that called my attention upon arrival to the city was the Tokyo Tower. I arrived in the evening, when the Tower is so bright with all the lights surrounding it. I could see it for the first time from my hotel.

The total length of my stay was 5 days and, as usual, not much time would be left for me to enjoy the city and know Tokyo. Good thing that Tokyo Tower can be visited in the evening. So, one evening, after all the work day was done and I was ready to go for dinner, I decided to try to visit the tower.


Tokyo Tower: A view from the distance
Tokyo Tower: A view from the distance


Tokyo Tower was built in 1958. Its 333 meters serve as a broadcasting tower, as well as a tourist attraction. It has a privileged location, allowing you to enjoy a view of the entire city. The tower has two observatories: Main Observatory (150 meters high), and Special Observatory (250 meters high) .


View from Main Observatory - Tokyo Bay
View from Main Observatory – Tokyo Bay


Operation times: both Main and Special Observatories are open 365 days a year, from 9am to 10pm. Last admission is 9:30pm to the Special Observatory and 9:45pm to the Main Observatory.


View from Special Observatory
View from Special Observatory

Admission Fee: JPY 900* to Main Observatory + JPY 700* to Special Observatory. You can pay a discounted price for both observatories’ admission at the main entrance (JPY 1,450*). However, this option is not always available (it was not available when I visited).


How to get there:
Subway is the best option to quickly arrive Tokyo Tower. You have the following stations at walking distances:

– Akabanebashi Station: Oedo Line; use exit “Akabanebashi Gate” (5-minute walk)
– Kamiyacho Station: Hibiya Line; use exite # 1 (7-minute walk)
– Onarimon Station: Mita Line; use exit # A1 (6-minute walk)
– Daimon Station: Asakusa Line; use exit # A6 (10-minute walk)

You can also reach the tower by the JR Line: 15-minute walk from Hamamatsucho Station, North Exit.

To learn more about the subway system, check the Tokyo by Subway Series.


View from Special Observatory - towards SkyTree
View from Special Observatory – towards SkyTree

Other attractions: Besides the magnificent views from the observatories, when visiting Tokyo Tower you will also be able to enjoy restaurants, coffee shops, souvenir shops and an aquarium.


One important tip: before heading to the tower, make sure to check their website and confirm hours of operation. Schedules can change depending on weather conditions.

Hope you can find some time to visit Tokyo Tower during your next trip to Japan.

Stay tuned for next week’s destination!

* Fees indicated are dated from December 2014 and may change.

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Tokyo by Subway – Part 1 (Planning your trip)

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