Tokyo Tower in the Minato area of Tokyo stands at three hundred and thirty-three meters in height at the heart of the city. The tower in Tokyo, Japan is the tallest self-supported steel tower in the world, thirteen meters taller than the tower it was modeled after, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The tower was the tallest structure in the country of Japan from when it was completed in 1958 until it was surpassed in 2012 by the Tokyo Skytree. Tokyo Tower is a symbol of the post-war rebirth of Japan as a major economic power. Along with being very popular attraction for tourist, the tower also acts as an antenna for broadcasting.

The main deck of the Tokyo Tower is located at one hundred and fifty meters above the ground and is accessible by either a staircase of six hundred steps or an elevator. Thanks to the central location of the tower, the observatory still provides great views of the surrounding city, despite it being situated at only a relatively moderate height. The main deck also features several “lookdown windows” places into the floor that allow guests to look at the city below their feet. Visitors will also find a cafe where they can get refreshments and a gift shop.

Another set of elevators take visitors from the main deck of the Tokyo Tower up to the top deck at two hundred and fifty meters high. From the top deck, visitors can get more a bird’s eye view of the city of Tokyo as the deck is located above the surrounding buildings. This deck is the city of Tokyo’s third highest observation deck, after the two observation decks of the Tokyo Skytree.

Guests can get a glimpse of the Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Bay, the Boso peninsula, and even Mount Fuji in the distance when visibility is particularly good. Both of the observation decks of the Tokyo Tower provide panoramic, 360-degree views of the capital of Japan. Visitors can experience the top deck of the Tokyo Tower, and feel the history of the city of Tokyo and the tower, as well as its present and its future during the Top Deck Tour.

At night, visitors can enjoy a cup of tea at the observation deck cafe while they take in the dazzling view of the city of Tokyo at night. The building located directly beneath the Tokyo Tower is the FooTown building. Within the four-stories of the building are the Tokyo Tower Aquarium, the largest wax museum in Asia where guests can get up-close and personal with many famous people from throughout the world, and several souvenir shops.

Beginning at sunset, the Tokyo Tower is fully illuminated, a sight that visitors won’t want to miss. Along with the tower’s conventional illumination pattern, seven different colors of lighting illuminate the Tokyo Tower by way of a mechanism called the “Diamond veil.” This mechanism is designed to match the lighting to promotional events and other events, as well as spellbind viewers.

4-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato, Tokyo, Japan, Phone: 81-3-34-33-51-11

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