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Tokyo Tower, an enduring tourist landmark

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Staff Photographer

Tokyo Tower may no longer be the tallest structure in Japan, nor a full-fledged broadcasting tower, as Tokyo Skytree now holds that joint title. But it is still one of the most popular places for tourists to visit and an icon of the capital, attracting about 2 million visitors annually.

From the observation deck, tourists can see myriad skyscrapers below them, all neatly packed in the busy city. In the distance, when the sky is clear, Mount Fuji can be seen.

The 333-meter-tall Tokyo Tower ranks 22nd in the world’s tallest towers, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Tokyo Skytree ranks first at 634 meters.

Not many know that it costs about ¥21,000 per day to light up the tower, while repainting it, a task carried out every five years, requires 34,000 liters of paint, or a stack of 18-liter paint cans piled twice the height of the red and white tower.

It has also helped raise awareness of social issues. In the past, the tower was lit up in purple light in support of a campaign to eradicate violence against women, pink to raise awareness for breast cancer and blue for diabetes.

Opened in 1958, Tokyo Tower will be standing for a second Olympics when the capital again hosts the games in 2020. Almost all locations expected to be used by athletes for competition during the Olympics can be observed from Tokyo Tower.

A view from Tokyo Tower’s observation deck shows the taillights of cars at Akabanebashi crossing in a scene some say mirrors the tower.
A view from Tokyo Tower’s observation deck shows the taillights of cars at Akabanebashi crossing in a scene some say mirrors the tower. | SATOKO KAWASAKI

A man takes a photo with his smartphone from the observation deck of Tokyo Tower in Minato Ward last Thursday.
A man takes a photo with his smartphone from the observation deck of Tokyo Tower in Minato Ward last Thursday. | SATOKO KAWASAKI

Tourists take in the view from the observation deck of Tokyo Tower last Thursday.
Tourists take in the view from the observation deck of Tokyo Tower last Thursday. | SATOKO KAWASAKI

Tokyo Tower is seen last Thursday from Tokyo City View, an observation deck at the Roppongi Hills complex, in Minato Ward.
Tokyo Tower is seen last Thursday from Tokyo City View, an observation deck at the Roppongi Hills complex, in Minato Ward. | SATOKO KAWASAKI

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  • Don Corleone

    Yes, Tokyo Tower is most iconic and loved by many, myself included.
    However, this article fails to mention the numerous times it has been destroyed rebuilt – yes we know about the earthquakes, but what about the damage inflicted by Godzilla and Gamera, plus other damage caused by Gyaos, Mechani-kong? For shame, Japan Times, for shame. ;)

  • GBR48

    Of all Tokyo’s observation decks and towers, this is the one that just oozes character and retro charm. Walk up the steps to get your credit card-style certificate.

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