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Time Out says

The resemblance to the Eiffel Tower is deliberate, as is the superior height – it is 13m taller than the Parisian structure. Back in 1958, when it was built, it must have been impressive. Nowadays, though, constructions such as the Mori Tower, Shinjuku’s Tocho or Tokyo Sky Tree offer impressive city views as well. But with the opening of Tokyo Tower's top deck in spring 2018, the capital's landmark is back in the race for the most stunning views. The observatory is layed out in a futuristic design with mirror walls, providing excellent Instagram-worthy shots. As the city's most recognisable structure, it's also the most striking attraction when viewed at night from any of the other observation decks.


4-2-8 Shiba-Koen, Minato-ku
Kamiyacho Station (Hibiya line), exit 1 or Onarimon Station (Mita line), exit A1 or Akabanebashi Station (Oedo line), Akabanebashi exit.
Main deck/top deck tour ¥1,200/¥3,000 (adv ¥2,800), high school students ¥1,000/¥2,800 (adv ¥2,600), junior high and primary school students ¥700/¥2,000 (adv ¥1,800), children aged four or above ¥500/¥1,400 (adv ¥1,200)
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Hours vary by month, check website for details

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Tokyo Tower Highball Garden

Tokyo Tower's alternative to the ubiquitous summer beer gardens is welcoming the outdoor drinking season with a double dose of whisky highballs. Head to the terrace at the base of the tower for a lengthy menu of highballs combined with a variety of drinking snacks (think karaage and grilled bacon). There's also a meatier option on the roof of the Tower Foot Town building. The Tokyo Tower Rooftop Highball Garden serves up all-you-can-eat jingisukan, the Hokkaido-born lamb barbecue named after the Mongol warlord Genghis Khan. Two hours of all-you-can-drink alcohol and limitless jingisukan can be had for ¥5,500 (teens aged 13-19 ¥3,500, primary school students ¥2,500, children aged 4-6 ¥1,500, all with non-alcoholic drinks, of course). Just keep an eye on the weather forecast, as both terraces close in the case of heavy rain. The Tokyo Tower Cho-Ten Highball Garden at the base of the tower is open until October 1, from 4pm-10pm on weekdays and 12noon-10pm on Sat, Sun & holidays. The Tokyo Tower Rooftop Highball Garden is open until October 9, from 5pm-9.30pm daily. Make your reservations here.

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