Ten Cool Facts About The Tokyo Tower

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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. Here are some cool facts about Tokyo Tower.

10 Facts About Tokyo Tower

Here are ten cool facts about Tokyo Tower.

  1. Tokyo Tower is the second tallest building in Japan (after the Tokyo Skytree).
  2. It’s painted white and orange to comply with international air safety regulations.
  3. It’s a major tourist attraction with approximately 3 million visitors annually.
  4. More than 150 million visitors have visited Tokyo Tower since it opened in 1958.
  5. Tokyo Tower gets repainted every 5 years with about 7500 gallons of paint.
  6. The two main purposes of the tower is broadcasting and tourism.
  7. Tokyo Tower changes colours for special events like Christmas.
  8. On a clear day, you can see as far as Mt. Fuji in the distance.
  9. Tokyo Tower is actually the 13 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower.
  10. Although Tokyo Tower is taller than the Eiffel Tower, the advances in steel technology make it almost 1/2 its weight.

Among the random Tokyo Tower facts is that The Tokyo Tower is super-popular with Japanese couples for date night. It’s deliberately taller than the Eiffel Tower it was modelled on (after all what would be the point otherwise?). As for the dating element, Eiffel Tower is associated with Paris, France and hence the connection to romance.

Tokyo Tower is also exciting for children to visit. There is a glass floor that you can lie on top of (or peer down from). I found it dizzying but the kids liked it. When we went at Halloween, there was a whole dress-up area and scenes they could pose in front of.


A Photo Gallery of Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower in Japan
The view form the observatory as dusk falls over Tokyo.
Tokyo Tower in Japan
The view over Tokyo Harbor with Rainbow Bridge in the distance.  I’m not sure why it’s called Rainbow Bridge since it’s not very multi-coloured.
Tokyo Tower in Japan
The busy streets of Tokyo as seen from above.
Tokyo Tower in Japan
Bright Lights Big City
Tokyo Tower in Japan
Tokyo Tower lit up at night.
Tokyo Tower in Japan
The children waving up at visitors looking down from the observatory deck.
Tokyo Tower in Japan
The view from the top at night.

Visiting Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower has two different observation decks (one at 150 meters and another at 250 meters).  You can even climb the 600 stairs to the first observatory if you feel the elevator is for wimps! No, that wasn’t us – in case from your wondering.

The views from the top are astounding because you can see how far Tokyo stretches and its building density. You also appreciate the little pockets of green as well as the traditional architecture tucked in between the modern buildings.

For example, from one side of Tokyo Tower if you look straight down you will see the centuries old temple, Zoji-ji, the most important building of the Japanese Pure Land Buddhist sect. In fact, the main building of Zoji-ji is the oldest wooden building in Tokyo from 1622. I love this aspect of Tokyo – a replica Eiffel Tower from 1958 cheek by jowl with a historic temple.

Obviously, this Japanese tourist attraction has a ginormous shop and lots of Tokyo Tower branded goods. It’s a Japanese tradition to bring back omiyage (souvenirs for friends and family) when you visit somewhere.

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.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Tokyo Tower in Japan

It’s impossible not to notice the Tokyo Tower, that stands like a beacon in the city skyline all red and orange. The Tokyo Tower is one of the symbols of the city, and did you know that it’s actually 13 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower? I bet you didn’t! Discover this and other cool facts about the Tokyo Tower in this informative post.
It’s impossible not to notice the Tokyo Tower, that stands like a beacon in the city skyline all
red and orange. The Tokyo Tower is one of the symbols of the city, and did you know that
it’s actually 13 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower? I bet you didn’t! Discover this and other
cool facts about the Tokyo Tower in this informative post.



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31 thoughts on “Ten Cool Facts About The Tokyo Tower”

  1. What an awesome place! I love those shots that you took from the observation deck – it gives an incredible perspective to the city. Beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Photo Friday!

  2. I enjoyed learning about Tokyo Tower, it sounds like a must visit when going to Tokyo. I recently added it to my list of places and after seeing the photographs, I’m want to go there even more than before. I especially liked the photo of the two kids looking up because it intensifies the feeling of how tall this tower is. Thank you for the article.

    1. Yes, it’s really cool. There are other towers (Skytower is taller) and some of the skyscrapers have free access to the top where you can get a view. On the other hand, Tokyo Tower is an icon sort of like the Eiffel Tower.

  3. We recently visited Tokyo and within one week we saw almost everything including the Tokyo skytree. One of the few things we didn’t see was Tokyo Tower. Now I somehow wish we had. It’s going on the list for our next visit. Another great place for wonderful panoramic views of the city is The Metropolitan Government Building. And it’s free. Thanks for sharing xx Kat I http://www.beautifullytravelled.com

  4. This is so cool! I had never heard of the Tokyo Tower, but it looks a lot like the Eiffel Tower to me. Really interesting facts too. Hoping to go to Japan someday soon, and would love to see this!

  5. Tokyo looks like such a fun place to visit with the kids. Love the lights. It’s always amazing to learn new things about destinations we haven’t been to yet. I knew nothing about the Tokyo Tower prior to reading this post. My kids loved the Eiffel so I think this would be a super neat one to visit someday as well. My parents are expats in Shanghai so maybe we will get to Tokyo when we go visit them and tour Asia this summer.

    1. Mine loved the Eiffel too (hence why they insisted on Tokyo Tower). Shanghai would be such a cool place to be an expat (and to visit).

  6. Is there a lot of space in the viewing areas or is it pretty cramped? I remember going to the Statue of Liberty and being amazed at how little space there was to walk around (granted I know this structure is much bigger and taller).

    1. I felt pretty claustrophobic at the Statute of Liberty so I know what you mean. Tokyo Tower has lots of room to move around – it really was built to be enjoyed from the inside (unlike the Statue of Liberty).

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