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Tokyo Tower with Kids – Tokyo Must Do – 1st Stop on Tokyo One Day

A trip to Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) with the kids is a must do for visitors or newly arrived Tokyo expats. Not only is the view great, but the ride up is really, really cool!

***NOTE – The second observation deck is closed from October 1, 2016 due to remodeling. No opening date has been announced yet. You may still visit the lower observation deck.

There are two observation levels; one at 150 meters (490 ft), and the second at 249.6 meters (819 ft). You can buy a ticket to just the 1st level or a ticket to visit both –  I highly recommend buying the ticket to visit both.  One of the biggest surprises was the unique bathroom at the top level – very handy if you have IMG_7538little ones. Many people have the Sky Tree on their list above Tokyo Tower, but I prefer the views from Tokyo Tower – Tokyo Bay, Odaiba, Rainbow Bridge, Zozoji, and all the way to Shibuya and Shinjuku. The view in the day or night is beautiful (open until 23:00).

Tokyo Tower with Kids – Tokyo Must Do – 1st Stop IMG_7568on Tokyo One Day

A great one day Tokyo itinerary with Kids is Tokyo Tower (9:00 -11:00), walk through Zozoji on your way to Hamarikyu Gardens (10:30-12:00), take the boat to Asakusa for lunch and to visit Sensoji (13:00 – 17:00) and then home. If you are on the go early, try a quick breakfast at one of my favourite nearby spots  Le Pain Quotidian in Shibakoen open everyday 7:30, or Maison Landemaine Tokyo, Roppongi open M-F 7:00 or S/S 9:00; both shops are about a 5-8 min walk from Tokyo Tower.

Tokyo Tower with Kids

Tokyo Tower glass floor
Tokyo Tower Glass Floor

If you go first thing in the morning, the wait is not bad at all – took us about 30 mins for the two elevator transfers. However, if you get stuck behind a bus tour group later in the day (worst times 11:00 – 14:00), you can wait on average for about 60 mins. I would recommend grabbing a coffee at the base of Tokyo Tower and some juice for the kids. There are refreshment on the 1st observation level but the prices are high. Make sure to check out the glass floor section on the main observatory deck – always fun with kids. There are many restaurants and souvenirs shops on the 2nd floor.

Note: The Tower is not very stroller friendly due to some stairs and very tight elevators and queues so I recommend you leave at the base. Tokyo Tower also has a baby and nursing room on the 1st floor observatory. There is bathroom on the top observatory but no changing area.

While you are at Tokyo Tower share these interesting facts with your kids!

Tokyo tower elevator
Retro Elevator Panelfacts with your kids.
  1. Tokyo Tower is the second tallest building in Japan at 333M following the Sky Tree at 634M. Tokyo Tower is 13M taller than the Eiffel Tower, but constructed with half the amount of steel.
  2. It is painted white and orange to comply with international air safety regulations and is painted every five years with over 7,500 gallons of paint. You can see how thick the paint is by looking out the elevator windows on the way from the main to the top observatory.
  3. Since its opening in 1958 over 1.3M people have visited and over 3M visited in 2015 – still very popular.
  4. The two main purposes of the tower are broadcasting and tourism. However, it is not tall enough to transmit modern day digital frequencies, so Sky Tree opened in 2011.
  5. On a clear day, you can see as far as Mt. Fuji. Check out the maps on each observatory level which will advise you on what to see from where you are standing.
  6. Tokyo Tower was constructed of steel, a third of which was scrap metal taken from US tanks damaged in the Korean War.

Tokyo tower 1st observatory viewTokyo Tower Details
Address: 4-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato, Tokyo 105-0011
Phone: 03-3433-5111
Business Hours: Open everyday 9:00 – 23:00 (last admission 22:30)
Cost:  Adults – main floor 900 JPY, top floor 700 JPY, main and top 1,600 JPY / Elementary and Junior High Children – main floor 500 JPY, top floor 500 JPY, main and top 1,000 JPY / Preschool Children 4+ – main floor 400 JPY, top floor 400 JPY, main and top 800 JPY / Children under 4 years free
Website in English: https://www.tokyotower.co.jp/en.html
Access: 5 min walk from Akabanebashi Station on the Oedo Line, 7 min walk from Kamiyacho Station (Exit 2) on the Hibiya Line, 6 min walk from Onarimon Station (Exit A1) on the Mita Line or 10 min walk from Daimon Staiton (Exit A6) on the Asakusa Line.

Tokyo tower ground floor elevator
1st floor Elevator
Tokyo Tower elevator queue to top observatory
Tokyo Tower elevator queue to top observatory

Tokyo Tower with Kids – Tokyo Must Do – 1st Stop on Tokyo One Day


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