Photos adorning the covers of Tokyo guide books these days have mostly all become pictures of the “Tokyo Skytree”. Did you know that the “Tokyo Tower” constructed in the Showa Period has a special place in Japanese hearts, with its elegant form and warm illumination. It would be no fun if it was too high to climb, right!! If that’s so, please join us as we climb the 150m, 600 steps on our own.
Great memories at the Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower was the synonymous symbol of tourism in Tokyo. Having handed the crown to the Tokyo Sky Tree, we now take a tour around the two tallest towers in Tokyo and their ever increasing synergy.
There may be many who are captivated by the sparkling beauty of the Tokyo Tower which can be seen from the monorail headed from Haneda Airport to Hamamatsucho or from the many air gateways into Tokyo. There are certainly lots of people with very fond memories of the Tokyo Tower. When I came home from holidays or work of a nighttime the warm lights of the Tokyo Tower always greeted me gently with a warm [Welcome Home!]
At the Tokyo Tower you don’t use elevators to get to the observatory, the stairs are open so you can climb by yourself.
Even for those climbing the tower by foot a ticket is needed, so please purchase one at the ticket counter prior. The staircase climb entrance is on the observatory roof. The entrance fee is the same whether you use the elevator or chose to climb it by yourself.
It would be wonderful to have the strength of kids!! but, there is no time limit, so let’s keep a steady pace and enjoy the scenery as we go.
[Main Observatory (150m) Admission] Adult 820JPY Students 460JPY Children (under 4) 310JPY
The breeze is wonderful
The wonderful view from the Tokyo Tower improves as you climb higher and higher, set in the backdrop of the solid red steel construction. Air rising up from the ground and off the Tokyo Bay adds a pleasant atmosphere to your workout.
Fitness Challenge to the 600 step level.
If you keep yourself in shape daily then it will be an easy climb, but you will be short of breath around the 200 step mark.
On the landings and stairs there are [Noppon (Mascot character)] bulletin boards with quizzes, information and calories consumed etc. You can climb at your own pace while enjoying the wonderful distraction of these guides.
When you arrive at the observatory you will receive an official stair completion certificate from Noppon. My certificate number is 208973.
[Tokyo Tower Stair Climb Opening Hours] Only on Sat/Sun and Public Holidays 11:00 - 16:00 (closed during rain) ** insider information** When there are a lot of customers, they remain open till 19:00 to hand out certificates I was told by staff. With a view that constantly changes seeing it at dusk and early evening would indeed provide some lasting fond memories.
Fulfill your wish, the Tokyo Skytree
Lets have a look at the Tokyo Skytree from the observatory deck. Its a bit odd to think that people over there are staring at us over here. There are also emergency stairs on the Tokyo Skytree that are not allowed to be used. In fact there are approx. 2000 of them!
Stairs to the observatory at Tokyo Skytree are not open.
Would you like to climb step by step while overlooking the view of Tokyo below you.
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