During Tokyo’s reconstruction after World War II, the city built several replicas of famous buildings from other countries. One example is the Tokyo Tower, a red and white tower inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris. This tower is perhaps Tokyo’s most beloved retro icon and at over 333 metres tall, the views are even more impressive than those of its Paris rival.
The Tokyo Tower has appeared as a backdrop in numerous movies, from ‘Godzilla’ to ‘King Kong’. Since the inauguration of the Tokyo Skytree in 2012, a structure which is almost twice the height, the Tokyo Tower is no longer the city’s tallest building. But it is still an important tourist attraction: 3 million visitors a year flock here to visit cafés, restaurants, souvenir shops and the aquarium with 50,000 fish. However the highlight of the tower is still its breathtaking view.
“The paint job every 5 years uses 28,000 litres of red and white paint”