27 Amazing Facts About Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower, officially called Nippon denpatō or “Japan Radio Tower” is a communications and observation tower in the Shiba-koen district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. Seeing the bold red and white stripes of Tokyo Tower will tell you that you have, at last, arrived in Metropolitan Tokyo. Tokyo Tower is both an active broadcasting facility and an ideal spot for travelers to take in the dazzling cityscape below. The structure’s modernist charm can be appreciated from the outside as it lights up at night, but the real thrill comes as you climb to the top to catch dynamic views of the city. Here are some interesting facts about the Tokyo Tower that will certainly enthrall you.

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1. A Symbolic Structure

Tokyo Tower is an orange-red tower that stands proudly as Tokyo’s beacon. It is located in Minato, Tokyo. In a plethora of skyscrapers, the intimidating tower stands out. It is a very symbolic structure in the city. The Tokyo Tower measures 333 meters, and it was the tallest artificial building in Japan till 2010 when the Tokyo Skytree snag the number one position. Tokyo Tower still retains its glory because it is located in the middle of the city.

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2. A doppelganger of Eiffel Tower

The Tokyo Tower is a doppelganger of the Eiffel Tower in France. The tower is 9 meters taller than the Eiffel tower. The tower weighs 4000 tons, and the Eiffel tower weighs 7700 tons. The amount of iron used in building the Tokyo Tower is half the amount used in making the Eiffel tower.

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3. The Haven for Tourists 

The Tokyo Tower is a tourist haven. There are over 3 million tourists that visit this edifice every year. About 150 million guests have visited Tokyo to behold its beauty ever since it was built in 1958.

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4. The Original Intention of Building Tokyo Tower

The Tokyo Tower was not originally built as a point of a tourist attraction but like a tower that will help with broadcasts as none of the antennas in Tokyo at that time was high enough to control transmission for the entire region. With the start of NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster, in 1953, the Tokyo area needed a large broadcasting tower. Simultaneously, the government wanted to make a statement with a landmark monument to symbolize the country’s postwar boom. It remained the tallest structure in Japan until being surpassed by Skytree in 2010.

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5. The Shielded Structure 

About 7500 tons of fresh paints are used to coat the old one every five years. This is to ensure that the structure retains its beauty and to prevent rusting of the metal
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6. The Irreplaceable Features 

The Tokyo Tower’s lattice is painted stunning white and orange colors. This is the main attraction of the tower. This paint color complies with the International Air Safety Regulations. These colors have become an irreplaceable feature. Visit this building at night, and you will be enchanted
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7. Best of the Views

You can have the best views of the whole city from the deck of the tower. The main observatory deck is 490 ft. high. If you visit this deck, you can have an aerial view of the city in 360 degrees. On the days when the cloud is thin, you might be lucky to have an ample glimpse of Mount Fuji.
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8. The FootTown

The Tokyo Tower has numerous side attractions around its base. The FootTown has an aquarium, galleries, museums and souvenir stores. You can board an elevator from the FootTown directly up the deck of the tower.
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9. Designer of the Tower

Tachū Naitō, the renowned designer of tall buildings in Japan, was chosen to design the newly proposed tower. Looking to the Western world for inspiration, Naitō based his design on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

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10. Amazing Light Concept

The Tokyo Tower lighting changes with seasons. During winter, the tower is lit in hot and bright colors like orange to tone down the feeling of cold. In the summertime, the illumination changes to a fresh shade of pristine white to reduce the sense of hotness.

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11. Three Tier Design

Tokyo Tower is separated into three distinct sections. Foot Town sits at the base of the tower and is a vibrant area of cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops. There is also One Piece Tower, a theme park based on the famous manga and anime. The Main Observatory is located 150 meters up and offers memorable views of the city as well as a “look-down” window—not for the faint-hearted. For truly spectacular views, however, seek out the Special Observatory. A heady 250 meters in the sky, this point has panoramic views of the metropolis below and, weather allowing, Skytree and even Mt. Fuji on the horizon.

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12. Lighter Than Eiffel Tower

Made of prefabricated steel, Tokyo Tower is called light because it weighs only 4,000 metric tons. Although Tokyo Tower is taller than the Eiffel Tower, the advances in steel technology make it almost 1/2 its weight.

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13. Free Internet!

Tokyo SkyTree Tow is also granting free broadband high-speed wireless Internet connection to all its guests with TOBU FREE Wi-Fi system. In addition to this stint, Tokyo SkyTree Town part of the “Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi” system, which is a free local-area Wi-Fi hotspot search app scheme for travelers from elsewhere.
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14. Guinness World Records Museum in Tokyo

The third floor is home to the Guinness World Records Museum Tokyo, a museum that houses life-size figures, photo panels and memorabilia depicting interesting records that have been authenticated by the Guinness Book.
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15. The Tokyo Tower Wax Museum

The Tokyo Tower Wax Museum, opened in 1970, displays wax figures imported from London where they were made. The figures on display range from pop culture icons such as The Beatles to religious figures such as Jesus Christ.
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16. Night Illumination

Tokyo Tower’s Trick Art Gallery is located on the building’s fourth and final floor. This gallery displays optical illusions, including paintings and objects that visitors can interact with.

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17. Elevator Game

Elevators that depart from the first floor of FootTown can be used to reach the first of two observation decks, the two-story Main Observatory. For the price of another ticket, visitors can board another set of elevators from the second floor of the Main Observatory to reach the final observation deck — the Special Observatory
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18. New Year’s Light

During New Year’s Eve, the tower lights up at midnight with a year number displayed on one side of the observatory to mark the arrival of the new year.

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19. Mascots

The Tokyo Tower has two mascots named Noppon. They are two brothers: Older Brother, who wears blue dungarees, and Younger Brother, who wears red dungarees. They were “born” on 23 December 1998 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Tokyo Tower.


20. Used in Japanese Manga

It is used in anime and manga such as Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Magic Knight Rayearth, Please Save My Earth, Cardcaptor Sakura, Digimon, Detective Conan, Sailor Moon, and Death Note.

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21. What Happened to the Original Plan

With more and more high-rise buildings built near the tower, the height of Tokyo is no longer tall enough to transmit the high quality signals for some remote areas in Tokyo, a new broadcasting tower known as Skytree was built in 2012 and has replaced Tokyo Tower as the main structure for transmitting the signals for television and radio stations. Tokyo Tower was originally planned to be built taller than the Empire State Building, which stands 381 meters and was the tallest structure in the world of that time. However, the plan fell through because of the lack of both funds and materials.

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22. Made out of War Tanks


About one-third of the steel used to construct Tokyo Tower is scrap metal taken from the damaged US tanks in the Korean War.

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23. Earthquake Resistant

The antenna’s tip at top of the tower was bent on March 11, 2011, due to the affection of Tōhoku earthquake, the bent antenna tip was dismantled on July 19, 2012, when the repair work was carried on the antenna, making the tower’s height shrank to 315 meters. The height restored in 2014 after the restoration work for the antenna completes.

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24. Number of Labours Required

The new construction project attracted hundreds of Tobi, traditional Japanese construction workers who specialized in the construction of high-rise structures. The Takenaka Corporation broke ground in June 1957 and each day at least 400 laborers worked on the tower.

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25. A Drop in Sales

Since its opening 30 years earlier, the tower’s annual ticket sales had dropped significantly, and in a bid to revitalize the tower and again establish it as an important tourist attraction and symbol of Tokyo, Ishii was hired to redesign Tokyo Tower’s lighting arrangement.

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26. Specialty Lighting

When employing specialty lighting on the tower, the Main Observatory often plays an important role. During the second international “White Band Day” on 10 September 2005, the tower was completely unlit except for the Main Observatory, which was lit with a bright white light. The resulting white ring represented the White Band referenced in the day’s name. The two floors of windows that make up the exterior of the Main Observatory are utilized to display words or numbers. More recently, the observatory displayed both “TOKYO” and “2016” to stress Tokyo’s 2016 Olympic bid. Primitive images, such as hearts, have also been displayed using the observatory’s windows.

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27. Stopped for Renovation

Operations at The Tokyo Tower Top Deck (250m Height) suspended operations in 2016. The Top Deck reopened on March 3, 2018. At that time, Tokyo tower also announced the renaming of both decks. Renovations on the main deck, which began in September 2016, caused partial closure of the deck.

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