Visiting Tokyo Tower and Nearby Hotspots in Half a Day! | Japan Guide

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Tokyo Tower is always there for people in Tokyo, sometimes in the clear sky, sometimes with a beautiful lighted-up illumination. At the foot of Tokyo Tower, there is Shiba Park including Zojoji Temple, which visitors can enjoy Sakura in the spring.

THE SYMBOL OF TOKYO “TOKYO TOWER”


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As well-known, Tokyo Tower is the symbol of Tokyo. Many visitors take a photo of its appearance and the views from the observatories. Sure it should be done. But, Tokyo Tower offers more things to do with its 5 floors (called foot town) for shopping, dining and attractions. There is also the outside roof floor (6th floor) where visitors can feel the air in the middle of Tokyo Tower.



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TOKYO TOWER OBSERVATORIES

Tokyo Tower has two observatories a main observatory and a special observatory. The main observatory consists of 2 floors where visitors can enjoy not only the views but also several attractions such as the Great Shinto Shrine of the Tower and the observation guide board. Don’t forget to stand on the glass floor called the Lookdown window for the thrilling view. For the visitors who would like to see further views including Mt. Fuji, the special observatory of 250 meters high is waiting.

You can also see Tokyo Tower from Tokyo Tower at night! Another Tokyo Tower lit up can be seen emerging out of the night skies of the great city. Take a look for yourself when you climb up to the observatory.


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And don’t forget to visit the Lookdown Window which is the most thrilling thing in Tokyo Tower. It is a see-through glass floor where you can step on safely. I know you trust the safety structure but the feeling of having only a glass supports you from hundreds of meters away is just too scary. Imagine what would happen if the glass breaks and you fall down…

RUN UP TOKYO TOWER

Visitors can go up the stairway to the main observatory. While climbing up Tokyo Tower, visitors will appreciate the difference views from the observatory. In addition, visitors will receive an official certificate of the Run up Tokyo Tower, which would be a special souvenir of the Tokyo trip. This is available only Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.

TOKYO SOUVENIR TOWN

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In the foot town of Tokyo Tower, visitors will find the Tokyo souvenir town. Here, there are many kinds of Tokyo related products in addition to Tokyo Tower official goods. Visitors may finish Tokyo souvenir shopping in Tokyo Tower.

TOKYO TOWER INFORMATION

Address: 4-2-8 Shiba-koen, Minato-ku, TokyoHours:
・Main Observatory (150m) 9:00 am-11:00 pm (Last admission 10:30 pm)
・Special Observatory (250m) 9:00 am-11:00 pm (Last admission 10:30 pm)
*Open year-round

Admission Fees:
  Adults (senior high school students or older)
Main Observatory          900 yen
Special Observatory       700 yen*

・Children (junior high school students and primary school pupils)
Main Observatory          500 yen
Special Observatory      500 yen*

・Children (4 years old and over)
Main Observatory          400 yen
Special Observatory      400 yen*

* Fees above added to the Main Observatory admission fee

Access to Tokyo Towe:
Visitors can take several lines of subway and train to get to Tokyo Tower.
・From Akabanebashi Station on the Toei Oedo Line, 5 minutes walk from the Akabanebashi Gate

・From Daimon Station on the Toei Oedo Line, 10 minutes walk from Exit A6

・From Kamiyacho Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, 7 minutes walk from Exit 1

・From Onarimon Station on the Toei Mita Line, 6 minutes walk from Exit A1

・From Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line or the Keihin-Tohoku Line, 15 minutes walk from North Exit

Official Website: Tokyo Tower

HOT SPOTS AROUND TOKYO TOWER

There are also some travel spots at the foot of Tokyo Tower and I recommend you to visit the places too!

No.4 TOFUYA UKAI


Between Tokyo Tower and Shiba Koen, there is a traditional and elegant Japanese restaurant named Tofuya Ukai. The building itself was used as a part of a 200 years old brewery. They offers Kaiseki Ryori (traditional Japanese course) including its speciality, Tofu dishes. Visitors can enjoy not only sophisticated Japanese dishes but also the antique interior and beautiful Japanese garden. There is a shop at the entrance selling take-out tofu products, too. Even visitors don’t have time to eat at the restaurant, it is worth visiting to see various original tofu products and walk around the garden with the view of Tokyo Tower.



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Hours: 11:00 am ~10:00 pm (Last call is at 8:00 pm)
*The restaurant will be closed on a Monday every month as of March 2016.

Tel: +81-3-3436-1028 (reservation is recommended.)

Price: lunch course   from 5,670 yen; dinner course   from 8,960 yen

Official Website:Tofuya Ukai

No.3 SKY LOUNGE STELLAR GARDEN


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For a luxury tea beak and a romantic night, the Sky Lounge Stellar Garden in the Prince Park Tower Tokyo is recommended. This lounge is located in 33rd floor and just in front of Tokyo Tower. The view from the window seats looks like watching Tokyo Tower from the sky. This is the best place for a couple especially during the night with full of illuminated Tokyo Tower and other buildings. For the days preceding holidays and holidays, visitors can order a value sweet set (a set of the cakes and tea or coffee with 2,260 yen) during the cafe time.

Hours:
・Weekday 5:00 pm   2:00 am (Last Order 1:30 am)
・Day receding Holiday   3:00 pm   2:00 am (Last Order 1:30 am)
・Holiday 3:00 pm   12:00 am (Last Order 11:30 pm)

Tel: +81-3-5400-1154

Official Website: Sky Lounge Stellar Garden

No.2 ZOJOJI TEMPLE


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In the area of Shiba Park, there is a temple named Zojoji, which was founded in 1393 and replaced to the current place in 1598 by Ieyasu Tokugawa (the founder of Tokugawa Shogunate). Here, visitors can experience the air of the Edo Period in the center of Tokyo. First, visitors will arrive at the main gate (Sangedatsumon), which remains the only architectural reminder of the early days of the Edo Period and is designated as important cultural property. After walking straight, visitors will see the majestic main mall (Daiden) with the splendid view with Tokyo Tower. There are also the tombs of six Tokugawa Shoguns, Imperial Princess Kazunomiya (wife of Shogun Iemochi).

Official Website: Zojoji Temple

 

No.1 SHIBA PARK


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Shiba Park is just next to Tokyo Tower. Visitors can take a walk watching Tokyo Tower and visit Zojoji Temple and Shiba Toshogu Shrine in the park. In the spring, visitors can enjoy Sakura (cherry blossoms). In the evening of the Sakura season, street-side stands will open for selling Japanese foods and drinks. If wanted, visitors can sit on the soil under Sakura trees with foods and drinks and experience a Hanami party (a party watching Sakura) like other Japanese people.

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