東京タワー : Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) has been one of the popular visitor attraction in Tokyo. It was still being patronized by the locals and tourists even after Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー)
was built in 2012. Tokyo Tower is 333 metres high and it is the highest tower in Tokyo before the Skytree replaced it last year. The tower is modelled after the Paris Eiffel Tower and it function as a radio tower in the olden days. Due to more and more high and tall buildings being built around the tower, the radio tower doesn't work as well as the old times.
View from the Observation Deck
Nevertheless, Tokyo Tower is one significant tower that represents Japan's success in technology in the olden days and it had been a great tourism asset even till today. You can spot many Singapore's travel agency promoting Japan with its famous Mount Fuji and Tokyo Tower. It's free to enter the mall to shop around, however, you must pay to enter the observation decks. Each entry for an adult is ¥820.
Poster board featuring the birth of Tokyo Tower
The Tokyo Tower houses 2 observation decks, one at 150 metres and one at 250 metres. It also has a few restaurants, cafes and souvenir stores. There is also a wax museum in one of the floors. Occasionally, there will also be exhibitions going on. However, you must pay a certain amount of money to visit the exhibitions. During my trip, it was the exhibition on Fujiko F. Fujio (藤子·F·不二雄)'s works and so if you have been to his exhibit, you will get to see many Doraemon(ドラえもん).
Anyway, I only went up to the first observation deck (150m). From the deck, you will get to see the beautiful skyline of central Tokyo. The deck has a panoramic view of 360 degrees where you can see most of the famous buildings and towers surrounding Tokyo Tower. There is a cafe housed in the deck so you can enjoy your food while taking in the pretty skyline of Tokyo. Just to name a few spots you can see from the deck, you will be able to see Shinjuku, Odaiba and the Tokyo Skytree too.
Lift lobby of the observation deck.
Souvenir store at the 150m Observation deck.
See through tile! Cool.
In my opinion, it's nice to visit the tower during the summer or autumn season where the sky will be clear. If you were to visit during spring or winter, I doubt you will be able to see much as the mist/fog will probably cover some parts of the skyline. Nearby the Tokyo Tower is the Zojoji Temple (増上寺), you can visit the shrine if you wanted to since it's nearby. The Tokyo Tower is located in the Roppongi (六本木) area where the street comes alive at night. To get to Tokyo Tower, you can take the Yamanote JR train to Ebisu station. Once reached there, transfer over to Hibiya metro train and alight at Kamiyacho station. From the station, take exit (1). Once exited, turn left and walk straight till you see the tower on your left. Next, turn in that lane and walk till you reach the tower.
View of Zojoji Temple from Tokyo Tower's Observation Deck.
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