Tokyo Tower


Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) is an icon of Tokyo, helping to boost spirits and symbolising the renewal of the mega city after the war. While the free Metropolitan building and the Skytree beat it in the height game, Tokyo Tower definitely the most iconic and special in the hearts of Tokyo people.

Budget travel tips

  • Free on your birthday! Just bring your passport for proof to get yourself a ticket.
  • If you own a JCB credit card (not used much outside Japan), entry is free.


Open: 9 AM – 11 PM

Cost: Adults 900 yen, Children 400-500 yen. All free on their birthdays!

How to get there

Tokyo Tower is near Akabanebashi Station on the Oedo Subway Line, Kamiyacho Station on the Hibiya Metro Line and Onarimon Station on the Mita Subway Line. Signs clearly show access to the tower from these stations.

From Shinjuku station, take the Oedo Subway Line to Akabanebashi Station (13 mins, 220 yen).

From Tokyo station, take the Marunouchi Line to Hibiya, the Hibiya Line to Kamiyacho station (21 mins, 170 yen).



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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.