The Tokyo Tower (東京タワー, Tōkyō tawā, officially called 日本電波塔 Nippon denpatō “Japan Radio Tower”) is a communications and observation tower in the Shiba-koen district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan, built in 1958. At 332.9 meters (1,092 ft), it is the second-tallest structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations.
The tower’s main sources of income are tourism and antenna leasing. Over 150 million people have visited the tower. FootTown, a four-story building directly under the tower, houses museums, restaurants, and shops. Departing from there, guests can visit two observation decks. The two-story Main Deck (formerly known as the Main Observatory) is at 150 meters (490 ft), while the smaller Top Deck (formerly known as the “Special Observatory”) reaches a height of 249.6 meters (819 ft). The names were changed following renovation of the top deck in 2018.The tower is repainted every five years, taking a year to complete the process.
You can choose to take the elevator or walk up 600 steps to the main deck, located 150 meters above the ground. If you are lucky, on sunny days you can even catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji rising in the distance. If you are not afraid of heights, try standing on the glass floor sections and look directly down to the ground—almost 145 meters under your feet. The very top deck— up at 250 meters— was renovated in early 2018.
The Tokyo Tower top deck provides an even more spectacular experience., you can enjoy a clear panoramic view of iconic landmarks such as the Skytree and Mt Fuji. Since it’s renovations were completed, visitors can expect a unique and futuristic vibe when they enter the top deck, artistic mirrors and LED lights greatly enhance the sightseeing experience.
Tokyo Tower at night is especially beautiful, the whole tower lights up and sometimes even changes colors depending on the occasion! Do not miss out on seeing the magical illumination at Tokyo, the sight of the whole metropolis suddenly lighting up in a wide array of colors will leave you breathless!
Tokyo Tower Price of tickets:
There are two tickets that visitors can choose from, I highly recommend getting the full Tokyo Tower observation deck tickets to visit both the main and top deck, as you’d be able to get a fully guided tour of the tower and it will give you the most out of your experience here.
Main deck ticket (150m):
This ticket allows visitors to go up to the main deck, if you wish to go to the top deck afterwards, you will have to buy another ticket.
900 Yen (Adults) / 500 Yen (Children from Junior Highschool to Primary School) / 400 Yen (4 Years old and above)
Top deck and main deck (150m and 250m) tour:
This ticket includes a full, multilingual tour that will allow you to skip waiting in the lines and go straight up the tower on a glass elevator. Simply present the QR code that you will receive after purchasing a ticket and you’re good to go!
Address : 4-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo-to
Opening Hours 9:00 a.m – 23:00 p.m
Visit Foot Town
Want to do a little bit of shopping after visiting Tokyo Tower? Then Foot Town is the place. Located directly beneath the tower, there is an aquarium which houses over 900 variety of rare fish, various souvenir stores, as well as cafes and restaurants for you to dine in.
One Piece theme park
The One Piece theme park is a permanent addition to Tokyo Tower, here fans or newcomers of One Piece can see exclusive live action show “Phantom” which can only be seen here. There is also the gallery that displays original artworks of Oda Eiichiro, the author of One Piece.
Address Tokyo Tower Foot Town, 4-2-8 Shiba-koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours 10:00 – 22:00 (final admission: 21:00)
Same-day ticket: 3,200 Yen (Adult), 2,700 Yen (13-18 y/o) , 1,600 Yen (4-12 y/o)
Advanced ticket: 3,000 Yen (Adult), 2,600 Yen (13-18 y/o), 1,500 Yen (4-12 y/o)