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The orange and white steel beams of Tokyo Tower rise 1,092 feet (333 meters) above the city. See this landmark from many points across Tokyo then change perspectives and view the city from the tower’s observation decks.
The tower was built in 1958, just 13 years after much of Tokyo was devastated by World War II bombing. It was 69 years later and 28 feet (9 meters) taller than Paris’s Eiffel Tower, which provided inspiration for the structure. Its creation as the world’s tallest tower at the time symbolized Japan’s emerging economic powers. While the initial intent for the structure was service as a radio and television tower, it has hosted more than 150 million visitors since 1958.
At the base of the tower, in Foot Town, you will find a food court, wax museum, children’s amusement park, souvenir shop, and one of the world’s largest aquariums, with more than 50,000 fish of 900 species.
Take one of the express elevators from the first floor of Foot Town to the Main Observatory at 476 feet (145 meters). This level features a stage for live music, a cafeteria offering aerial city views, and “look-down” windows to view the structure and ground immediately below. For an additional fee, you can take another elevator to the Special Observatory for even more impressive 360-degree views. This is a good place to get your bearings before exploring the rest of the city.
To increase visitor traffic, tower lighting was increased and enhanced in 1989. One lighting strategy provides white lighting to create a cool effect in the summer and orange lighting for warmth in the winter in the early evening. Additional lights in seven colors create lighting for seasonal celebrations.
Tokyo Tower is in the Minato district of southern Tokyo. Many bus routes, subway lines and the Tokyo monorail have stops within three to 15 minutes’ walk of Tokyo Tower. The nearest subway is Akabanebashi. There is also a paid parking lot next to the tower.
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.
We really enjoyed our stay here. In fact, it was our favorite hotel that we stayed in while visiting Japan. They even had complimentary champagne for us in celebration of our honeymoon. My only regret is that we didn't stay here for a longer period of time. We will definitely stay here again next ...
Staff were excellent, hotel bar had a great view, good local area to pick up any essentials and easy access into the station.
We had a Premium King room (on the 31st floor) for our 8 night stay here so we had access to the premium club lounge on the 32nd floor, which totally made the stay (and price) well worthwhile. This club lounge access had many benefits including breakfast every day in any of the restaurants in the ...
Stayed at this hotel for 11 nights. Liked the property due to the fact that it was super convenient to multiple transit lines. Rooms were fairly decent with more space compared to other typical hotel rooms in Tokyo. Only let down was the room internet was very slow.
As a loyal customer I got an upgrade to a very impressive suite, large, well decorated, I like this hotel a lot and will gladly return
Great pick for first time visit to Tokyo. Chose this hotel at the recommendation from my friend who visited Tokyo a few months prior. Coming from Narita Airport, I took the airport Limousine bus which has Shiba Park Hotel as one of its stops. Very convenient and no fuss, no muss after a long flight. ...