Tokyo Tower [東京(とうきょう)タワー]

Tokyo Tower[東京(とうきょう)タワー] is a broadcasting tower in Shiba Park[芝公園(しばこうえん)], Minato City, Tokyo. "Tokyo Tower" is the nickname and its official name is "Nippon Denpatō[日本電波塔(にっぽんでんぱとう)]". Tokyo Tower is one of the most famous symbols in Tokyo.

Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower



Tokyo Tower was constructed for resolving the problem of aviation safety and landscape due to the scattering of broadcasting towers. That was designed by Tanaka Naitō[内藤多仲(ないとうたなか)] and was completed on December 23, 1958.

Tokyo Tower





Its height is 333 meters and the height is necessary to send radio waves throughout the Kantō Region and there was also an intention to break the record for the highest self-standing tower of the time that Effel Tower had had. Tokyo tower is colored with white and international orange due to aviation safety regulations.

Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower at night from Kamiyachō



In 2003, the construction of new broadcasting tower was determined because of the increase of tall buildings and the commencement of terrestrial digital broadcasting. And Tokyo Skytree[東京スカイツリー](634m) opened as a new broadcasting tower in 2012.

In 2013, main broadcasting from Tokyo Tower was finished with the transition to Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower became a secondary tower for emergency.

Tokyo Skytree
Tokyo Skytree



Tokyo Tower is also a popular sightseeing spot in Tokyo. That has two observation deck; The main observatory is at 150 meters and the special observatory is at 249.6 meters. From these observatories, you can overlook Tokyo and also can see Mt. Fuji if the weather permits.

Tokyo and Mt Fuji from Tokyo Tower at dusk
Tokyo and Mt Fuji from Tokyo Tower at dusk

Koi-nobori at Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower with Koi-nobori


Under the tower, there is a facility called "FootTown". FootTown has Tokyo Tower Aquarium, shops and restaurants.


Tokyo Tower is illuminated at night. Usually, it is illuminated by lights called "Landmark Light" that has summer version(cool whit lights) and winter version(warm orange lights). And it is illuminated by rainbow color lights called "Diamond Veil" only during 20:00-22:00 on Saturday. Diamond Veil changes into seven different colors. And there are some special patterns of illuminations for anniversaries and seasonal events.

Tokyo Tower(Landmark Light summer version)
Landmark Light(summer version) from Shiba Park

Tokyo Tower(Landmark Light winter version)
Landmark Light(winter version) from Shiba Park

Tokyo Tower illuminated with Diamond Veil(Rainbow)
Diamond Veil(Rainbow) from Shiba Park


Tokyo Tower illuminated with Diamond Veil(Rainbow)
Diamond Veil(Rainbow)

Tokyo Tower illuminated with Diamond Veil(Aqua blue)
Diamond Veil(Aqua blue)

Tokyo Tower (Tokyo wins to host 2020 Olympic! version)
Tokyo wins to host 2020 Olympic! version



There are mascots of Tokyo Tower called "Noppon[ノッポン]" They are Tokyo Tower-shaped twins.


In 2013, Tokyo Tower was designated as a National Tangible Cultural Property.

Tokyo Tower from Toranomon Hills
Tokyo Tower from Toranomon Hills

Tokyo Tower and Zōjō-ji Temple
Tokyo Tower and Zōjō-ji Temple

Tokyo Tower over Rainbow Bridge from OdaibaTokyo Tower over Rainbow Bridge from OdaibaTokyo Tower over Rainbow Bridge from Odaiba

Tokyo Tower view from Keyaki-zaka
Tokyo Tower view from Keyaki-zaka





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