Shiba Park is a park built around Zojoji Temple. Shiba Park is located between the Minato Ward offices and Tokyo Tower. Many of the footpaths in the park offer excellent views Read more [...]
Tokyo Tower is a Japanese icon and famous site in Tokyo. Tokyo Tower features public observation deck and cafe. The Tokyo Tower design is based on the Eiffel Tower, but is 333 meters tall (9 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower) making it the world’s highest self-supporting iron tower. The tower has two observation decks: Main Observatory at 150m and the Special Observatory at 250m, that provide views of the Tokyo Bay Area and of some of the surrounding areas. On very rare occasions, when the air is particularly clear, you can see Mount Fuji.
When first opened in 1958, the primary function of Tokyo Tower was that of radio and tv transmitter tower. However the much taller Tokyo SkyTree was built to fulfill this role in a much larger city, with many more tall buildings. Even though Tokyo SkyTree is almost twice the height of Tokyo Tower, as of 2016, it was still the second tallest structure in Japan
Other attractions found in the base of the tower in the FootTown building are an aquarium, the Tower Restaurant, a wax museum, convenience store, souvenir store, a food court on the second floor and a Trick Art Gallery.
Over the years much of the view from the observation decks has become obscured by the many other tall buildings in Tokyo, many of which are taller than the observation decks of Tokyo Tower. While Tokyo Tower is the most famous observation deck in Tokyo, it now has to compete with many much taller ones including the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, which has free entry, and the new Tokyo SkyTree, which is one of the tallest structures in the world. You can see our guide to over 12 other Tokyo Observation Decks.
Tokyo Tower vs Eiffel Tower
Here is a comparison of the two famous towers.
Tokyo Tower Eiffel Tower Height (m) 333 324 Opening Date 1958 1889 Construction Material Steel Wrought Iron Construction Time
18 26 Weight (tons) 4,000 7,300 Color White & Orange Brown/Grey Annual Visitors*
5.2 6.91 Time as World's Tallest Structure
0 41 Wind Speed Rating
220 Lifts 4 8 Architect Tachu Naito Stephen Sauvestre
*The most visitors to Tokyo Tower in one year was 1959, the first full year of opening with 5.2 million. The year of least visitors was 2000, with 3 million. The Eiffel Tower is the most visited tower and probably paid attraction in the world. In 2015 6.91 million visitors ascended the Eiffel Tower.
- One third of the steal used in the tower was from USA military tanks damaged in the Korean War.
- There is a small Shinto Shrine on the second floor of the Main Observatory.
- Although slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower, Tokyo Tower weighs just over half as much.
- The antenna mast (tip of the tower) was bent in the Tohoku Earthquake of March 2011.