Friday, January 23, 2015

Tokyo Tower, Japan

A communication tower that serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna in Japan, Tokyo tower is 333 meters high which is 13 meters higher than Paris' Eiffel Tower. 


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As one of Japan's main tourist attraction, it features 2 Observatory decks. The Main which leads you up to 150 meters high and the Special 250 meters above the steel tower. Main observatory costs 900yen roughly 385php (conversion last October 2014).  Special Observatory is 700 yen about 298php. One person needs about 700Php to explore both decks. And I strongly suggest that you see both!


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Coming from the Imperial Palace, we found our way through the Tozai line (colored Blue green from the train maps) to Oedo line which is a pink line. Alighted at Akabanebashi Statation, we walked about 15 minutes to where this orange beaming iconic tower is. I don't think you will get lost, since you will see its top once you are out in the open but since I am dumb with directions, you'd swear you'll never go with me. Thanks for my husband for he knows how to read maps and directions.


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Too bad we were not able to see Mount Fuji on a daylight but it was always the best experience ascending heights at night time. The city lights were flashing in glamour. 


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There are souvenir shops and small cafe inside the observatory.

There is a lift that goes to a 68th floor If I remember it right that leads to the Main observatory deck. It will get a little boring in there so you will definitely want to go higher. 

There was quite a number of tourists. We had to fall in line to be able to get into the lift that accommodates about 10 persons inside. I felt a surge of adrenaline as we went up, not to mention the small space on which the wind outside passes through, damped my shoulders and made my breathing a little heavy. I can't wait to go out of the lift. 


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The panorama was impressive although it was sealed with a thick glass. I didn't get a nice photo without the reflective glass. Oh well, you will appreciate the view when you take some time to just look at it. The gigantic buildings looks like Lego blocks down there. They were so little but my feet was uneasy since I could feel a little movement of the tower.


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We had fun nevertheless! Plan ahead for meal after the climb. I will lead you to the best tonkatsu In Minato on my next post.


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Crepes outside the tower. Open until late night.


Tokyo Tower
 4 Chome-2-8 Shibakōen, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 105-0011, Japan
+81 3-3433-5111

http://www.tokyotower.co.jp/eng/secret/
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