Once upon a time, the Tokyo Tower was the main “tall structure you gotta see” when you visit Tokyo. It was built as a broadcasting tower and became the tallest free-standing tower in 1958, surpassing the Eiffel Tower in height. Of course 1958 was a long time ago and many more high-rise buildings have sprung up, challenging the broadcasting effectiveness of Tokyo Tower.
Today the tallest structure in Tokyo is the Tokyo Skytree, completed in 2010. Tokyo Skytree is certainly way more interesting as a product of 21st century architecture and the area around it has become more vibrant. Fortunately Tokyo Tower still has a little bit of old-school charm and is way less crowded. Some restaurants, eateries, theme museums, a garden and shops are in the lower levels. Though it is no longer the tallest or busiest structure, it remains an iconic landmark in Tokyo and Japan and is still impressive up-close. I won’t call this a must-go place, but certainly worth a visit if you are nearby. – WY