|Tokyo Roppongi | Tokyo Tower|
|Thursday, 13 May 2010 00:00|
Standing at 333 m above sea level as the symbol of rebirth to Tokyo after the major destruction in 1945, Tokyo Tower is the world's tallest self-supporting or free-standing steel tower surpassing Eiffel Tower in Paris by 13 m. At present (2010), Tokyo Tower is the tallest artificial structure in Tokyo but will soon be overtaken by Tokyo Sky Tree Tower at Asakusa after its completion in 2012.
Inspired by the lattice tower structure of Eiffel Tower and designed by Tachu Naito, Tokyo Tower was built in 1957 and completed a year later. Constructed with steel, one third was sourced from scrap metal taken from US tanks damaged in the Korean War and total cost consumed of 2.8 billion yen.
Functions as communication and tourism, these avenues bring in major sources of revenue. Besides offering observatory decks for tourists, Foot Town which is the four story dark brown complex on the ground, complements one's visit with other attractions. Wax Museum, Noppon Land - the mascots of Tokyo Tower, Noppon's Magical Kingdom, Space Wax, Guinness World Records Museum, Aquarium Gallery and a small amusement park on rooftop of Foot Town are among the appeal. For shopping, restaurants and food court, they are located at second floor.
Two public observatory decks are located at 150 meters (492 ft) and 250 meters (820 ft), respectively. They offer a 360 degree panoramic of Tokyo's skyline. Hibiya Park, Imperial Palace and Tokyo Midtown are among the scenery on the north. On the east, the sight of Sumida River and World Trade Center Building are clearly visible. Moving to the south, the view of Rainbow Bridge near Bay Area and Tokyo Port can be captured. Roppongi Hills and NHK covers the eye line on the west. If weather permits, the snow peak Mount Fuji can be seen.
What I like most, the lower level of 150 m deck also features a cafe with high tables facing the glass windows. We were lucky to arrive in the evening, and stayed on until darkness crawled in. In short, we had the best of day view and get to enjoy the colorful scene of lit-up Tokyo Downtown contrasting the night.
Business Hours (open year round):
Main Observatory (150 m): 9:00 to 22:00 (last admission 21:45), Fee: 820 yen - adult
Special Observatory (250 m): 9:00 to 22:00 (last admission 21:30), Fee: 600 yen - adult
About 5 to 10 minutes walk from exit A1 at Onarimon Subway Station (Mita Line) or Akabaneshi Subway Station (Oedo Line) or Exit 1 from Kamiyacho Metro Station (Tokyo Hibiya Line) or Exit A6 from Daimon Subway Station (Asakusa Line)
|Last Updated on Thursday, 13 May 2010 15:15|
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