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    Photo: Tokyo Tower
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    Photo: Tokyo Tower
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    Tokyo Tower
  4. Tokyo Tower
    Tokyo Tower
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    Photo: Tokyo Tower
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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.

Details

Address:
4-2-8 Shiba-Koen, Minato-ku
Tokyo
Transport:
Kamiyacho Station (Hibiya line), exit 1 or Onarimon Station (Mita line), exit A1 or Akabanebashi Station (Oedo line), Akabanebashi exit.
Price:
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)
Opening hours:
Hours vary by month, check website for details

What’s on

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. In addition to the regular terrace at the base of the tower, where a lengthy menu of highballs is combined with a variety of drinking snacks (think karaage and grilled bacon), it also operates a meatier option on the roof of the Tower Foot Town building, offering 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 ¥5,000 (teens aged 13-19 ¥3,000, primary school students ¥2,000, children aged 4-6 ¥1,000, 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 2, from 4pm-8.30pm (until 9.30pm in June) on weekdays and 12noon-10.30pm on Sat, Sun & holidays (until 9.30pm in June). The Tokyo Tower Rooftop Highball Garden is open until October 10, from 5pm-10.30pm daily (until 9.30pm in June). Make your reservations here.

Tokyo Tower Milky Way Illumination

Enjoy a late night stroll under an artificial Milky Way at Tokyo Tower’s main deck. As an alternative solution for constellation lovers, Tokyo Tower has recreated the Milky Way using 21,000 LED lights, so you can gaze up at the (artificial) stars in the middle of the city. Every 15 minutes the blue LED lights that represent the starry sky turn pink and gold, while the Milky Way changes from white to a rainbow of seven colours. This optical special effect makes the Tokyo skyline look even more mesmerising, as if our beloved city is under a magical starry night. The event takes place daily from 9.30am until 10pm (until 10.30pm on Sat).

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