Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower was the first place I went to see soon after I touched down in Tokyo many years ago. I was hoping to get there before it got too dark.  It was the around this time of the year or around starting of summer. The day light should  last a bit longer but on that day it got dark a bit sooner.  I thought would miss the opportunity to see the tower during the day time but I guess the near dark scene itself was worth seeing.

I have not put much thought about the tower at the time but remembering it from seeing it from old movies or TV series that had big monsters (Godzilla, etc.) came to destroy the city. I just read about it later that its purpose is for communications (television and radio broadcasts) and observations.

There are elevators to carry tourists up to the observatory decks. The elevator was decorated with colorful lighting fixture inside. I really like it when I stepped in. It gives feeling of cheerful and fun.

There are two main observatory decks. You can have good views over Tokyo from the decks. Tokyo was a busy place but one of the street below did not look too bad at the time.

Among modern tall buildings there are interesting Japanese style buildings into the mix. I wished I could ask some one about those buildings.

Part of the observatory deck floor stretches out a bit and was made with glass. They are looking windows. You can step over and see the ground right below your feet. It gave strange feeling that you stood on air and could fall at any moment (at least it is for me 🙂 ).  I noticed that the ground below do seem to have a playground (a little train track there).  You can also see a small antenna attached.

There is a shrine on the observatory deck. It is “Great Shinto Shrine of the Tower”. From what I read briefly that it is the place students come to pray for their success in entrance exam.

On the way back down,  the returning elevator places you on the floor that have small exhibition, souvenir and snack shops. The exhibition showed small models of old houses. I am not sure what the exhibition was about but only guess it probably shows the houses around the area a long time back (about the tower was built?).

The details of the model houses and the items that made up the place are incredible. I always love  seeing the small models since I was young. This exhibition is just  a great eye candy for me.

I could spend a lot of  time exploring this small world;  following this street,  that street looking at the shops, houses and be absorbed by their realistic details.  I hope you get a feel of them too.

This is one last snap – the queue lines to elevators to the observatory deck.  I hope you enjoy the tour of Tokyo Tower. Have a great Summer.

 

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68 thoughts on “Tokyo Tower

  1. wakasahs15th July 1, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    I enjoyed Tokyo Tower Tour. Thank you. Many things I did not know were reported in detail. Tokyo Sky Tree is popular now.

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    • YellowCable July 1, 2017 / 9:41 pm

      Thank you Wakasahs15th san. I am glad you enjoyed the tour and a bit more. I do hope that I get all the fact correct.

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  2. Ralph July 1, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    Wow ! Great photos YC ! Loved the tour of the tower.. Thank you my friend 🙂

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  3. nutsfortreasure July 1, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Great photos and the trip you took us on was awesome I too love those modern takes wow do they have a lot of people who live there.

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  4. The Passion Dew July 2, 2017 / 4:06 am

    The first thoughts, I think – Eiffel Tower Paris, but not!. This is Tokyo tower, fantastic views and photos YC, nice to know. Enjoyed your summer tour.

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  5. Ron Walker July 2, 2017 / 7:30 am

    I enjoyed the view in those pictures. The glow of the lights against the clouds at the top, was an awesome shot.

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    • YellowCable July 2, 2017 / 12:05 pm

      Thank you Ron!! I am glad you enjoyed the pictures.

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  6. darwinontherocks July 5, 2017 / 6:59 am

    The architecture is quite stunning! The bright red is quite sticking and love the pictures of the Shinto shrine!

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  7. AmyRose🌹 July 5, 2017 / 10:55 am

    Wow!!! Incredible photos and story, YellowCable! I could never live in such a congested area that consists of Tokyo. When I saw all those buildings I groaned out loud. The architecture however is amazing! I like you loved loved loved that light in the elevator and your views ….. incredible! I really enjoyed this post. Thank you! 🌈

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  8. anotherday2paradise July 7, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    I haven’t been to Tokyo, so was really fascinated to see your photo gallery, YC. Love the night photos of the tower. Great images. 🙂

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    • YellowCable July 7, 2017 / 7:03 pm

      I am glad that you like the tour. Thank you very much and please have a great weekend!

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  9. grachie18 July 11, 2017 / 4:55 am

    Hi! I just recently got back from Tokyo, too and it really is an amazing city! Your photos and writing are extremely insightful too!

    Harajuku, or one of the most crowded shopping areas in Tokyo, felt like (to me) “a strawberry milkshake that smoothly blends history and youth, culture and identity, and pink hearts and gothic skulls together. It melts on your tongue, leaving a bittersweet residue, and rides down your throat, stirring tropical sensations throughout your veins”

    I’ve never been to the Tokyo Tower though, but after reading your post, I am more than excited to return to Tokyo and check out the famous tower.

    Check it out here~
    https://gracephaze.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/original-habitat/#more-273

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    • YellowCable July 11, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      That is a very good analogy for Harajuku. I tried to remember the place what it was like then. I could only recall the place was busy (I guess many places in Tokyo are busy). But I can see how old culture are blending with the younger generation of today there. They blend smoothy as for sure a “strawberry milkeshake …”. Thank you.

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  10. grachie18 July 11, 2017 / 4:57 am

    I recently just go back from Tokyo, too, but sadly, did not have a chance to visit the Tokyo Tower. After looking at your amazing pictures and descriptions, I would definitely give Tokyo Tower a try next time I go back there!

    But after visiting Harajuku, or one of the most crowded shopping areas in Tokyo, I thought it was like “a strawberry milkshake that smoothly blends history and youth, culture and identity, and pink hearts and gothic skulls together. It melts on your tongue, leaving a bittersweet residue, and rides down your throat, stirring tropical sensations throughout your veins”

    Check it out here~
    https://gracephaze.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/original-habitat/#more-273

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    • YellowCable July 11, 2017 / 8:39 pm

      🙂 I am happy that you like the new look of the blog. I just lost the count of how old this blog is now (at my age I do not want to count or remember my age any more 🙂 ). I thought it would a good idea to change the look once in a while. Thank you!

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  11. knittingwithheart July 18, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    Oh wOw, YC… all great photos, but totally ❤ your glowing
    capture of the Tokyo Tower/sky! What a strange feeling it
    must've been to look down through the floor of the elevator…
    Wishing you safe and happy travels! 🙂 💜 Jackie@KWH

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  12. Leyla July 18, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    awesome pictures, friend

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  13. denisebushphoto July 19, 2017 / 10:05 am

    Great post! The tower is beautiful and I love the color combination of blue and gold. The miniatures are charming and they stopped my scrolling to take a closer look … I wasn’t sure if it was a real scene or not at first.

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  14. Otto von Münchow July 19, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Tokyo is fascinating, no? And you capture the Tokyo Tower as the landmark it is. Particularly those taken in the twilight hour are amazing.

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  15. Dalo 2013 August 9, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    This is a fantastic post ~ a blend of the modern with the historical, and even a bit of nostalgia for me too (memories of seeing Tokyo Tower and Godzilla when I was a kid 🙂 I think you really caught the magic of the place with the night sky, made the scene a bit more surreal. Your post makes me want to go visit Tokyo once again ~ wishing you a great summer!

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    • YellowCable August 10, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      That is fantastic to know you watched Godzilla when you were young too 🙂 Thank you!

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  16. prior.. August 12, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    be back with more of a reply – but had to leave this…

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    • YellowCable August 12, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      That is cool.. the song and the movie. I am trying to remember whether I have seen those scenes or not. Thank you!

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      • prior.. September 7, 2017 / 5:29 pm

        Hi YC – what a great post to leave us with for the summer. lad you had some eye candy
        and omg – every student needs access to a place where they can go to “pray for their success in entrance exam” – hah!
        I wonder about the buildings – and my favorite photo – hands down – is the fifth one down – the lines in the street – the lights and I wonder about the buildings too –

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        • YellowCable September 7, 2017 / 8:51 pm

          I like that view too. Looking at the cars or people doing their things far down below is like looking at a small model of city with small people doing their things. It is fascinating.

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  17. inesephoto August 27, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    Wonderful photographs and colors. I love the models 🙂 So very cute.

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  18. Sonyo Estavillo September 7, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    I would ❤ to travel more, your blog posts always remind me of the world I am missing out on. I have never been to Tokyo but I would ❤ ❤ ❤ to go!

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    • YellowCable September 8, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      Thank you. Even I have visited Tokyo only once and short, I still do not mind to visit the place again if chance permits.

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  19. inesephoto September 8, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    Just to share with you: I saw a street singer from Japan in Kilkenny, and then I saw him again in Waterford. He was dressed in a dark-brown gown and a placard said that he is travelling the world. His voice is divine, and he also plays the guitar. I thought of you when I saw him 🙂

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    • YellowCable September 8, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Thank you for sharing about this street singer. The world is small sometimes. You never know who you might meet or meet again 🙂

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  20. Jane Lurie September 14, 2017 / 11:48 am

    Fantastic photos of the Tower and miniatures, YC. I hope to visit Japan sometime soon.

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  21. Mahesh Nair October 16, 2017 / 11:57 pm

    Breathtaking pictures. Love the tower. I think the lighting you managed to get was brilliant – so impressed with the tower details (second pic). The glass floor reminds me of our time in CN Tower, Toronto 🙂 Fun post 🙂

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