Opened in 1958, Tokyo Tower has been the symbol of Tokyo for decades.
Even after Tokyo Skytree opened, many Tokyo locals say that this red tower is still the icon of Tokyo’s scenery.
I wrote that I couldn’t recommend Tokyo Tower at that moment because much spaces of its floors were under renovation, but this story is in the past now.
The renovation is almost completed, and more importantly, Tokyo One Piece Tower opened on 13 March, 2015! It is obvious that more people will visit Tokyo Tower!!
By the way, Tokyo Tower is at the center of Tokyo City – It means that it is located at the center of the loop railway of JR Yamanote Line around Tokyo City. Then, the stations near Tokyo Tower cannot be very well-known. In short, many people don’t know exactly how to get to Tokyo Tower.
I update all the ways with simple and practical explanations for you. Have a nice, stress-free trip to Tokyo Tower!
My first question is, “Where in Tokyo are you now?/Where in Tokyo are you going to stay?”
Please look up the nearest station(s) from you and check out which trains/subways stop there, unless you stay at The Prince Park Tower Tokyo or Tokyo Prince Hotel just at the foot of Tokyo Tower.
Open JR train route map and subway maps of Tokyo in the new windows
and they will be helpful to understand.
1. If you are near a JR Yamanote Line station – JR Hamamatsucho Station
This is the easiest solution.
Around Tokyo Tower, there is not a JR station (=Japan Railway. They are trains on the ground.) that is very near, but Hamamatsucho Station is the nearest of all the JR stations.
You go out of the North Exit, and you cannot miss the red tower beyond the broad street. It is not difficult at all to get there because your destination is a tower! Just advance toward Tokyo Tower through big and beautiful Zojoji Temple. It’s a 15 minutes walk.
You can take a JR Yamanote Line train easily anywhere in Tokyo City because it is a very major railway.
But if you want a shortcut to Tokyo Tower? If you don’t want to walk and to get tired before the attractions in Tokyo Tower?
Look up another choice from the following.
2. If you are in Asakusa – Daimon Station of Asakusa Subway Line (& Oedo Subway Line)
Asakusa is definitely a must-see in Tokyo, and it is a convenient place to stay, too.
If you are in Asakusa now, get on Asakusa Subway Line to Daimon Station, and go out of Exit A6.
Daimon is a subway station near JR Hamamatsucho Station. It’s a 10 minutes walk to Tokyo Tower.
3. If you are in Ebisu, Roppongi, Ginza, Tsukiji, Akihabara or Ueno – Kamiyacho Station of Hibiya Subway Line
Take a Hibiya Subway Line train to Kamiyacho, go out of Exit 1, go along Sakurada street and turn left to Tokyo Tower.
It’s a 7 minutes walk.
If you are in Shibuya now, Ebisu is the neighboring station of JR Yamanote Line, so this will be the best way to go to Tokyo Tower.
4. If you are in Tokyo Station or Meguro – Onarimon Station of Mita Subway Line
Tokyo Station is connected to Otemachi station of subways. Meguro is a Yamanote Line station and another neighboring station of Ebisu. If you stay at one of the great hotels in Shiroganedai, Meguro is your base station.
(If you are in Meguro or Shiroganedai, there is a Tokyu Bus. And it is almost the only BUS to Tokyo Tower; there are other buses, but it takes time to Tokyo Tower and complicated.)
Take Mita Subway Line to Onarimon, go out of A1 Exit, and it’ll be a 6 minutes walk to Tokyo Tower.
5. If you are in Shinjuku, Roppongi, Tsukiji Shijo, or Ryogoku – Akabane-bashi Station of Oedo Subway Line
Get a Oedo Subway Line train to Akabanebashi Station, go out of Akabanebashi Exit, and it’ll be a 5 minutes walk to Tokyo Tower.
So Akabane-bashi of Oedo Subway Line is the nearest station to Tokyo Tower of all the stations in Tokyo! If you are staying in Shinjuku or Ryogoku, you don’t need to change trains and can get so close to Tokyo Tower!
On the other hand, if you are in Roppongi or Tsukiji, where you can take Hibiya Subway Line as above, Hibiya Line must be better.
Actually, Oedo Subway Line is the newest subway in Tokyo. It means that it runs the deepest. The escalators to/from the platforms are extremely long! I am sure. I am a local who once got tired of Oedo Line’s looooong underground passages.
Hibiya Line will be more comfortable. It’s a travel tip for you.
Well, it’s time to get a copy of Google Maps!
At the end of this post, I list up the stations and railways to Tokyo Tower.
- Hamamatsucho of JR Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku Line
- Daimon of Asakusa Subway Line
- Kamiyacho of Hibiya Subway Line
- Onarimon of Mita Subway Line
- Akabane-bashi of Oedo Subway Line
- Tokyo Tower Official Website – http://www.tokyotower.co.jp/index.html
- Tokyo One Piece Tower Official Website – http://onepiecetower.tokyo/
- About Seaside Top, the observatory in Hamamatsucho – http://tokyo-direct-guide.com/blog/2014/06/a-guide-to-hamamatsucho-all-about-its/
- Tokyo City View, an observatory of Roppongi Hills – http://tokyo-direct-guide.com/blog/2014/08/tokyo-city-view-part-2-observatory-of-roppongi-hills/
- Book a hotel at the foot of Tokyo Tower – The Prince Park Tower Tokyo & Tokyo Prince Hotel