Tokyo, the bustling capital of Japan, is one of the busiest cities in the world. This city is famous for its vibrant shopping and food scenes and as well as its iconic attractions such as the Tokyo Tower. Standing at 333 metres, it is one of the tallest self-support steel structures in the world. Since its opening in 1958, tourists from over the world have flocked to see and visit this amazing landmark because of its magnificent structure and views of the city.
Tokyo Tower is lighted up beautifully at night
The Tokyo Tower is most beautiful at night when the entire structure is lighted up. For couples, it would be romantic for you to visit or even take a stroll around the ground level of Tokyo Tower when night falls. If you are visiting the observatory, you can expect to spend about 2 to 3 hours there. This duration will be sufficient for you to chill and admire the surrounding scenery. There are photo booths with the tower as a backdrop for photo opportunities. At times, there will be special decorations during festive seasons (e.g. summer holiday, children’s day, Christmas, etc.).
There are various subway lines to get to the Tokyo Tower but the nearest station will be Akabanebashi Station via the Oedo line where you only have to walk about 5 minutes to get to the tower. With its height, the tower is visible from many nearby stations but if you lose your way, you may ask any friendly locals on the street who would be happy to point you in the right direction.
Admire the view of Tokyo city from the observatory
While you are at the observatory, you will feel like you are on top of the world and the feeling is sensational! The main and special observatory is open daily from 9am to 11pm but take note that the last admission is at 10.30pm. The main observatory is at a height of 150 metres while the special observatory is at 250 metres, promising a great view especially at night.
You can opt to buy the ticket for each observatory where the adult tickets are priced at 900JPY (7.50 USD) for the main observatory, 700 JPY (5.90 USD) for the special observatory and 1,600 JPY (13.40 USD) for both. JCB card holders can enjoy a free experience at the main observatory (as of Sep 17, 2015) while children can enjoy discounted price too.
Different experiences at the main and special observatories
For different experiences, you should visit both observatories. The main observatory can be more crowded but it offers a café – Café La Tour, which serve pastries and beverages, and it is a great place for chilling out while admiring the views regardless of day or night. Also, the main observatory has a live band on certain nights where the performances attract a huge watching crowd.
If you are looking for some Tokyo Tower merchandise, you can go to the GOODS shop for a wide variety of souvenirs. There are also look-down windows on the glass floor so that you can take a peep down the tower as well as enjoy the view of the city. This is a pretty interesting concept beside looking out from the glass panels! The special observatory is quieter and it offers an amazing and clear view around the city. However, do take note that access to the special observatory is subjected to weather conditions.
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Grab some souvenirs for your friends and family!
The ground level of Tokyo Tower is filled with shops and restaurants. Tokyo Omiyage (Souvenir) Town is a good place to get souvenirs for your friends and family. The souvenir shop consists of many smaller stores, each selling a wide variety of souvenirs such as magnets, tee-shirts, figurines and pouches featuring Tokyo or Japan as a country.
If your intention is to get a memorable item related to Tokyo Tower, there are plenty of choices ranging from key chains, magnets, etc. The prices of all items are reasonable as compared to other shops in the city, so this is your one-stop station to get all your souvenirs in Japan. There are also many other shops outside the souvenir store that offer candies, chocolates, plushies and many more. Some shops feature popular Japanese characters such as Hello Kitty and Doraemon.
Fill your tummy while enjoying your visit to Tokyo Tower
You can also fill your tummy at the ground level of Tokyo Tower. There are several cafes and food stalls to choose from. If you want something filling, you can opt for the Japanese ramen (local noodles). Simply place your order via the order machine and collect your bowl of hot ramen within minutes! There are plenty of seats available and you can choose your own table.
An iconic landmark in Tokyo
Offering amazing and beautiful views of the entire city, Tokyo Tower is an iconic landmark in Japan for all visitors. With so much to offer, both young and old visitors can expect to enjoy themselves at the tower. For couples, this could be one of the most romantic moments for you in Tokyo!
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