About Tokyo Tower
Standing 333 meters high in the center of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) is the world’s tallest, self-supported steel tower and 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. A symbol of Japan’s post-war rebirth as a major economic power, Tokyo Tower was the country’s tallest structure from its completion in 1958 until 2012 when it was surpassed by the Tokyo Skytree. In addition to being a popular tourist spot, Tokyo Tower serves as a broadcast antenna.
The tower’s main observatory at 150 meters is reached via elevator or a 600-step staircase (both paid). Thanks to the tower’s central location, the observatory offers an interesting view of the city despite being only at a relatively moderate height. There are also some “lookdown windows” in the floor to stand on, a souvenir shop and a cafe where visitors can enjoy refreshments.
Getting to the tower
After we left our bags at the hotel, we headed out to Tokyo Tower. We bought a Pasmo pass which was so convenient and easy to use, I’d recommend it to anyone that is doing any travel in Tokyo to get one. The vending machine has an English option, so it couldn’t be easier!
Shinjuku Station is an amazing place. There are 2 Toei lines, one metro line and 5 JR lines, plus many department stores and other shops! It is very easy to get lost, but thankfully the signage is in English as well as Japanese, and the lines are all colour-coded. If you are game to try it out, it’s quite easy really.
We took the Toei Odeo line to Akabanebashi station from Shinjuku, which took about 15 minutes. It was really easy, as we didn’t have to change. The walk up to Tokyo tower was quite pretty, and we had our lunch in a garden at the base of the tower. I had picked up a tuna salad at a little convenience store on the way to the station and realised that the meal was served with chopsticks. I’m glad I was taught when I was younger how to use them, as I was able to pick up the corn without spilling it!
Tokyo tower is modelled after the Eiffel Tower in Paris, however, it is 13m taller! It is seemingly the world’s tallest self-supporting tower. We took the lift to the intermediate floor and the views were spectacular. Unfortunately, it was too hazy to see Mt Fuji, but we got to see most of the Tokyo area. We took the second lift up to the very top for an additional fee, and it was well worth it.
At the base of the tower were statues for the 15 Sakhalin husky dogs that accompanied Japanese expeditions to Antartica in the late 1950’s, however, they have now been moved elsewhere. Several of them reminded me of my dog at home.
When we were up the tower we looked down to Zojoji Temple, so that is where we headed next.
To see where else I went on Day 1 in Tokyo, please see my summary page.
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