Tokyo Tower's "STAIRS600", is as the name states, 600 stairs that lead all the way up to the observation deck. It is a famous landmark known by most, but did you know you could climb it?
Climbing the 600 stairs can be done in roughly 15 minutes, but that's not the point of it. Slow down, take a breath, and enjoy the view. You're not going to get a view of the city like this from anywhere else.
A view like no other
Engulfed by nature
It's a no brainer that going on a day like this is what we all hope for. As you make your approach, you'll come to the realization that the locations for taking pictures of the whole tower are limited. You could google the locations, but I'd recommend that you stroll around and find the right angle.
Once you enter the first floor of the tower (called "Foot Town"), you will need to purchase a ticket for the Main Deck (150m) or the Top Deck Tour (150m & 250m) in order to gain access to the stairs. The stairs course won't cost you an extra dime.
The climbing stairs go from the top of Foot Town all the way up to the Main Deck. Click here to view admission prices/conditions and click here to view more info about climbing conditions & open times.
An elevator will take you to the entrance of the stairs course. All you need to do now is put one foot in front of the other.
Time to climb
With great heights comes great safety
Due to safety regulations, you will be surrounded by a chain link fence as you make your way up. This doesn't take away from the joy of the climb however.
Find new and creative ways to take pictures of your climb. A foreground of the effects of the industrial revolution layered on a clear and natural blue sky can make for some great pictures.
Those who complete the staircase course will receive an exclusive present: Noppon Official Stair Climber Certificate. A nice little souvenir indeed.
Not in the mood for climbing stairs? The descending staircase is open to the public everyday (free of charge) so if you just want to breathe in that high-altitude air, you're still in luck. The descending staircase is open 09:30 - 21:30.
So close I can taste it
The Main Deck
A view of the city
After making your way up to the main deck, it's now time to relax — perhaps grab a coffee or some ice-cream at the café — and marvel at the view.
Don't look down on me
There are sections in the floor where it's see-through, so if you're unafraid of heights, take a stand and look down.
An illuminated Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower illumination
As the sun sets, Tokyo Tower will come alive becoming a beacon of light in the literal sense. Depending on the season, the tower will light-up in a number of ways.
Click here for more information about the light-up times and patterns (light show may affect stair access times).
Stairs course access times:
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 11 am - 4 pm (Final reception time)
→From the 28th of December 2019 until the 5th of January 2020,
the Staircase Course will be open daily
Standard observatory fee is necessary (stairs course itself is free)
・Because the staircase is outside, it is closed during bad weather (rainy days, strong winds, etc).
・It is not possible to take the elevator in the middle of climbing the stairs. (Taking the stairs or the elevator from the Main Deck to the bottom are the choices of descent).
Every adventure begins with a first step. Why not make it 600?