Seeing the bold red and white stripes of Tokyo Tower will tell you that you have, at last, arrived in Metropolitan Tokyo.
Tokyo Tower is both an active broadcasting facility and an ideal spot for travelers to take in the dazzling cityscape below. The structure's modernist charm can be appreciated from the outside as it lights up at night, but the real thrill comes as you climb to the top to catch dynamic views of the city.
At the base of the tower, you'll find a shopping complex called Foot Town, which features an array of international shops and restaurants, and even an aquarium and an anime theme park.
Due to reconstruction work, the Special Observatory and sections of the Main Observatory will be closed until spring 2019 (estimated)
By train, take the Yamanote Line and get off at Hamamatsucho Station. Then walk to the tower (15 min).
Fittingly for a major attraction, Tokyo Tower is conveniently located. To get there, hop on the Mita Subway Line and get off at Onarimon Station. Alternatively, take the Hibiya Subway Line to Kamiyacho or the Oedo Subway Line to Akabanebashi. The tower is about a five-minute walk from each of these stations.
Tokyo Tower's height is easy to remember: nearly 333 meters (332.9, to be exact, or 1,029 feet)
If you're feeling energetic, bypass the elevator and take the 600-step stairway up to the Main Observatory
The tower was the country’s tallest structure before Tokyo Skytree was completed in 2012
Tokyo Tower is separated into three distinct sections. Foot Town sits at the base of the tower and is a vibrant area of cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops. The Main Observatory is located 150 meters up and offers memorable views of the city as well as a “look-down” window – not for the faint-hearted.
For truly spectacular views, however, seek out the Special Observatory. A heady 250 meters in the sky, this point has panoramic views of the metropolis below and, weather allowing, Mt. Fuji on the horizon.
Tokyo Tower can be seen from all around the city. Although impressive during the day, it bursts into life at night. Regular seasonal and special event illuminations transform the already colorful tower into a more vivid, effervescent affair. It takes on a suitable pinkish red tone and is adorned with hearts on Valentine's Day, turns bright green on St. Patrick’s Day and, at other significant points in the year, every hue in between.
The completion of Tokyo Skytree in 2012 might have stolen some of Tokyo Tower's glory, but the 1958 construction remains a magnificent symbol of Japan's postwar ascendancy, as well as an exciting entertainment hub for both visitors to, and residents of, this inexhaustible city.