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In 1958 Tokyo's fledgling TV networks needed a tall antenna array to transmit signals. Trying to emerge from the devastation of World War II, the nation's capital was also hungry for a landmark—a symbol for the aspirations of a city still without a skyline. The result was the 1,093-foot-high Tokyo Tower, an unabashed knockoff of Paris's Eiffel Tower, and with great views of the city. The Main Observatory, set at 492 feet above ground, and the Special Observatory, up an additional 330 feet, quickly became major tourist attractions; they still draw many visitors a year, the vast majority of them Japanese youngsters on their first trip to the big city. A modest art gallery, the Guinness Book of World Records Museum Tokyo, and view-filled dining round out the tower's appeal as an amusement complex.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 4–2–8 Shiba-Koen, Minato-ku Roppongi, Tokyo, 105-0011 | Map It
  • Phone: 03/3433–5111
  • Cost: Main Observatory ¥820, Special Observatory ¥600 extra
  • Hours: Tower daily 9 am–10 pm; museums and art gallery daily 10–9
  • Website:
  • Subway: Hibiya subway line, Kamiyacho Station (Exit 2).
  • Location: Roppongi
Updated: 08-19-2013

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