The red and orange Tokyo Tower stands like a beacon in the city skyline. In a cityscape of very tall skyscrapers, the colours and shape make it instantly recognisable. Similar to its French counterpart, the Eiffel Tower, Tokyo Tower is a beloved symbol of the city.
10 Facts About Tokyo Tower
Here are ten cool facts about Tokyo Tower.
- Tokyo Tower is the second tallest building in Japan (after the Tokyo Skytree).
- It’s painted white and orange to comply with international air safety regulations.
- It’s a major tourist attraction with approximately 3 million visitors annually.
- More than 150 million visitors have visited Tokyo Tower since it opened in 1958.
- Tokyo Tower gets repainted every 5 years with about 7500 gallons of paint.
- The two main purposes of the tower is broadcasting and tourism.
- Tokyo Tower changes colours for special events like Christmas.
- On a clear day, you can see as far as Mt. Fuji in the distance.
- Tokyo Tower is actually the 13 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower.
- Although Tokyo Tower is taller than the Eiffel Tower, the advances in steel technology make it almost 1/2 its weight.
A Photo Gallery of Tokyo Tower
Visiting Tokyo Tower
It may be a tourist trap but Tokyo Tower is definitely worth visiting. It’s open year-round from 9 AM to 11 PM. There are reduced rates for students and children under the age of 4 are free.