Tokyo Guide: Tokyo Tower
A red and white web of sky-high steel by day, a breathtaking beacon of lights by night, Tokyo Tower is the most prominent and distinctive feature of Tokyo's cityscape. Tokyo Tower is situated near the city's port in the elegant Minato (i.e. 'Harbor') ward of the city, and is located on the edge of Shiba Park, one of Japan's oldest.
Tokyo Tower was built in 1958 as a TV and FM radio broadcasting tower. It serves the whole of the Kanto region (i.e. Tokyo and surrounding prefectures) in that role and in 2003 began transmitting digital signals as well.
At 333 meters (1093 feet) it is 13 meters (43 feet) higher than the Eiffel Tower, but thanks to modern engineering technology it is 43% lighter in weight.
Being the Tokyo's tallest structure makes Tokyo Tower the prime spot from which to view the metropolis. Read more about Tokyo Tower here.
Tokyo Tower Access
Akabanebashi station on the Oedo subway line. Turn left out of ticket gate to the Akabanebashi Crossing exit.
Daimon station on the Oedo subway line, exit A6.
Daimon station on the Asakusa subway line, exit A6
Onarimon station on the Mita Line, exit A1.
Hamamatsu-cho station on the JR Yamanote, Tokai-hondo, and Keihin-tohoku lines. Exit B2.
Hours: Main Observatory 9am 10pm (last admission 9.45pm)
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