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    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

    Rainbow Bridge as seen from Tokyo Tower

    Rainbow Bridge as seen from Tokyo Tower

    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 as seen from Roppongi at night

    Tokyo Tower as seen from Roppongi at night

    Tokyo Tower vs Eiffel Tower

    Here is a comparison of the two famous towers.

    Tokyo TowerEiffel Tower
    Height (m)333324
    Opening Date19581889
    Construction MaterialSteelWrought Iron
    Construction Time
    Weight (tons)4,0007,300
    ColorWhite & OrangeBrown/Grey
    Annual Visitors*
    Time as World's Tallest Structure
    Wind Speed Rating
    ArchitectTachu NaitoStephen 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.

    4 Weird Tokyo Tower Facts

    1. One third of the steal used in the tower was from USA military tanks damaged in the Korean War.
    2. There is a small Shinto Shrine on the second floor of the Main Observatory.
    3. Although slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower, Tokyo Tower weighs just over half as much.
    4. The antenna mast (tip of the tower) was bent in the Tohoku Earthquake of March 2011.
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    3 Reviews on “Tokyo Tower”

    1. Profile photo of Felicity JamesFelicity James Tokyo Tower
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      We have not been to it, or up it, or actually anywhere near it, but love seeing it from wherever we are in Tokyo.
      I particularly enjoyed this view from the Mori Art Museum deck in Roppongi

    2. Profile photo of ValerieValerie Tokyo Tower
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      A slightly underestimated attraction in Tokyo. Yes, it costs about 900 yen to get to the observation deck, but people forget about the entertainment (often free) that happens around the base. The small aquarium underground is a great retreat, and there’s events that happen regularly. Right now, there’s a One Piece exhibition at Tokyo Tower

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