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From the ground, Tokyo Tower in southern Tokyo is an unmissable landmark. Inspired by Paris’s Eiffel Tower, but nine metres taller, it was built during the reconstruction of Tokyo after World War II both as a broadcasting tower and as a symbol of Japan’s growing economic power. When it was finished in 1958, it was the tallest tower in the world. Since then, more than 150 million people have visited the tower and continue to flock here every year.
Standing at 333 metres above the streets of Tokyo, the ‘international orange’ and white steel beams make a striking contrast against the grey and white buildings nearby. At night its girders are illuminated throughout the year in different patterns of colours – white in the summer to help cool over-heated minds, and orange for warmth in winter.
At the base of the tower in the four-storey building known as Foot Town there’s another of the world’s largest: one of the most extensive aquariums ever built, boasting more than 50,000 fish from almost a thousand species. Inside Foot Town, there are plenty of places to buy Japanese food or takeaways, as well as a children’s amusement park, souvenir shops and a waxwork museum.
One of the most popular features of Foot Town are of course the express elevators to the Main Observatory at 145 metres up. From this vantage point, you can watch the life of the city happening all around you while enjoying refreshments in the café or listening to live music. Not for the fainthearted, ‘look down’ windows let you see the ground far below. By taking a second elevator up to the Special Observatory over 100 metres higher, you have the perfect place to orient yourself before returning to explore the rest of the city.
The nearest subway is Akabanebashi, but many of the bus routes, monorail and other subway lines have stops close by.
Would you like to make your stop at Tokyo Tower even more special? Remember to try one or two of these things to do:
If you're chasing more activities, peruse our Tokyo things to do page.
Located in Shiodome, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kabuki-za Theatre and Ginza Wako Building. Hibiya Park and Zojoji Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Shiodome Station and Tokyo Shiodome Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from National Diet Building and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tokyo Imperial Palace and Nippon Budokan. Meiji Jingu Shrine and Tokyo Dome are also within 6 mi (10 km). Tameike-sanno Station is 6 minutes by foot and Kokkai-gijidomae Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Shiodome, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ginza Six and Ginza Graphic Gallery. Ginza Wako Building and Kabuki-za Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Shiodome Station and Tokyo Shiodome Station are within a 2-minute walk.
Located in Minato, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shiba Park and Tokyo Tower. Mori Art Museum and Keio University are also within 1 mi (2 km). Shibakoen Station is 6 minutes by foot and Akabanebashi Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Minato, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zojoji Temple and Tokyo Tower. Shiba Park and Keio University are also within 1 mi (2 km). Onarimon Station is only a 3-minute walk and Daimon Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Minato, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tokyo Tower, Ginza Six, and Hibiya Park. Ginza Wako Building and Kabuki-za Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km). Onarimon Station and Daimon Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Minato, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shiba Park, Tokyo Tower, and Keio University. Mori Art Museum and Tokyo Midtown are also within 2 mi (3 km). Shibakoen Station is only a 2-minute walk and Mita Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Akasaka, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Suntory Hall, National Diet Building, and Tokyo Midtown. Tokyo Tower and Mori Art Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Tameike-sanno Station is 5 minutes by foot and Roppongi-itchome Station is 6 minutes.