Highlights and access methods of Tokyo Tower (Tokyo Prefecture)

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Tokyo Tower, located in Minato Ward, Tokyo, is a 333-meter-tall radio tower and one of the symbolic structures of Tokyo. From its two observation decks, the Top Deck and the Main Deck, you can see not only the cityscape of Tokyo, but also Mount Fuji when the weather is clear. For those who aren't afraid of heights, you can enjoy the Skywalk Window on the Main Deck, where the floor is made of glass.

In this article, we will explain the attractions of Tokyo Tower in Tokyo Prefecture and how to access it for those who are traveling to Japan from overseas.

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(Prefecture : Tokyo , Category : Buildings and Commercial Facilities)

Highlights of Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower opened in 1958 as a broadcasting tower in the Kanto region. Today, while the Tokyo Skytree mainly transmits terrestrial digital broadcasting, Tokyo Tower also functions as an alternative facility in case of emergencies. The tower, characterized by its distinctive red and white two-tone color, has been a representative building of Tokyo from the past to the present. In 2019, a major renovation work was completed.

Tokyo Tower has two observation decks: the Top Deck and the Main Deck. The Top Deck is located at a height of 250m and can be accessed by participating in the Top Deck Tour, which requires advance reservations and is time-restricted. On the other hand, the Main Deck is situated at a height of 150m and can be accessed at any time without a reservation. The Main Deck features four areas known as Skywalk Windows, where the floor is made of glass, allowing you to enjoy a bird's-eye view of the scenery 150m below, provided you're not afraid of heights.

From the observation decks of Tokyo Tower, you can see not only the cityscape of Tokyo but also Mount Fuji on clear days. At night, you can enjoy the Tokyo nightscape glittering like jewels. Observing the illumination of Tokyo Tower from the outside is also enjoyable.

On weekends and holidays, it's possible to climb up to the Main Deck using the outdoor staircase of 600 steps. The ground level of the tower houses numerous shops where you can buy souvenirs or have a meal. Although it's an indoor facility, it's recommended to visit on a clear day to enjoy the views.

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Address and access method of Tokyo Tower

The address of Tokyo Tower is "4-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo". The nearest station is Akabanebashi Station on the Oedo Subway Line. It's about 5 minutes walk from the station. In addition, it is a 7-minute walk from Kamiyacho Station on the Hibiya Subway Line, a 6-minute walk from Onarimon Station on the Mita Subway Line, a 10-minute walk from Daimon Station on the Asakusa Subway Line, and a 15-minute walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station.

Attractions near Tokyo Tower

Several notable attractions are located near Tokyo Tower:

Zojoji Temple
Just a few minutes' walk away from Tokyo Tower, Zojoji Temple is a significant Buddhist temple in Tokyo. It's known for its impressive gate, the Sangedatsumon, and its serene cemetery featuring rows of stone statues. This juxtaposition of modernity (Tokyo Tower) and tradition (Zojoji) is a remarkable sight.

Shiba Park
Nestled around Tokyo Tower and Zojoji Temple, Shiba Park provides a green retreat in the middle of bustling Tokyo. This is an excellent spot for a picnic, or simply for some rest and relaxation after visiting Tokyo Tower.

Roppongi Hills
A short distance from Tokyo Tower, Roppongi Hills is a city within a city. It includes residential, commercial, and recreational spaces, and the Mori Art Museum. From the top of the Mori Tower, you can enjoy another magnificent view of Tokyo.

Tokyo Midtown
Tokyo Midtown is another comprehensive complex similar to Roppongi Hills, but located in the Akasaka area. It houses various restaurants, shops, museums, and green spaces. Its illumination during the winter season is especially enchanting.

Other information about Tokyo Tower

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( Written by Tatsuo Ikura )