Tokyo Tower 東京タワー
The iconic landmark of downtown Tokyo since 1958 and one of the city’s “I have been there” sights. Its observatories present nice views of the city and are especially well-liked at night.
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- Public Transport
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At 333 meters tall, the Tokyo Tower was for a long time Japan’s tallest structure, until the Tokyo Skytree took over the distinction in 2012. The tower doubles as a broadcast station and as one of Tokyo’s most recognizable travel destinations.
The tower was built to withstand earthquakes and a wind velocity of 90 m/s. Despite being slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower that was completed almost 7 decades prior, only 4000 tons of steel was used in the Tokyo Tower’s construction, compared to the 7000 tons that was used for its counterpart. This demonstrated the advance in material science technology and building methods through the decades.
The Tokyo Tower offers lovely views of the city, and is a favoured dating spot at night for the romantic night scenery seen from here. There is a souvenir shop that sells Tokyo Tower merchandise and Hello Kitty hand phone straps, which are themed after various places and specialities of Japan.
Nearby is Zōjōji Temple, which has been featured in several international movies such as "The Wolverine" that was released in 2013. The temple with Tokyo Tower in the background makes for an interesting picture.
|Google map co-ordinates:||35.658582,139.745438|
|Map Code:||554 594|
|Address:||4-2-8, Shiba-koen, Minato, Tokyo, Japan|
|Parking:||Available adjacent to the tower|
Tokyo Tower is located in central Tokyo and can be easily reached using the Oedo, Hibiya or Mita subway line.
|From||Subway Line||To||Walking Time||Remarks|
|Kamiyacho Station||Hibiya Subway Line||Tokyo Tower||10 mins from Exit 1|
|Akabanebashi Station||Oedo Subway Line||10 mins from the Akabanebashi-guchi Exit (赤羽橋口)|
|Shibakoen Station||Mita Subway Line||10-15 mins from Exit A4 or A5||Can stroll through Shiba-koen Park|
|Onarimon Station||Mita Subway Line||10-15 mins from Exit A1||Can visit Zōjōji Temple along the way|
External link - Tokyo Subway and Train Map by Tokyo Metro.