Standing tall amidst the modern expanse of Tokyo is the Tokyo Tower. With a staggering height of 1,092 ft., this white and red tower that resembles Paris’ Eiffel Tower is touted as the second largest structure in entire Japan. Open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., it is one of the top sightseeing spots in Tokyo and showcases the Aquarium Gallery, an observatory deck, the Guinness World Records Museum as well as the Tokyo Tower Wax Museum. Once done exploring Tokyo Tower, its time to try the culinary goodness offered in several of the renowned restaurants that have made this towering splendor its home.
Savory or sweet? At Marion Crepes, the long lines will surely persuade you to sink your teeth to some of the most delectable crepe offerings in town. Lucky Tokyo Tower explorers could easily grab a crepe to their liking since the store is conspicuously located near the Tower’s main gate. A perfect companion to start your Tower hopping experience.
Manga lovers particularly those fans of Luffy need not go far to experience the “Straw Hat Pirates” life, just head to the Foot Town inside Tokyo Tower to enjoy the One Piece-inspired dishes at the Sanji’s Oresama restaurant and Café Mugiwara. Also located at the Foot Town aside from the One Piece pirate world are various café, ice cream parlors, and fast food chains to serve you quick bites while exploring Tokyo Tower.
Though some may say that tofu is just a lowly dish, at Tofuya Ukai, tofu is definitely the star of the menu. Tofuya is famous all over Japan for its take giving a new face to tofu, made from the finest soybeans combined with the purest mineral water. Savor Tofuya Ukai’s dinner menu; with the right mix of fresh sashimi options and kaiseki dishes that will surely delight even the meticulous palate.
Meanwhile, if your craving for some soba and kakiage rice bowl meals then Sobadokoro Satsuma is the place to be. The restaurant offers hot or cold soba and huge servings of kakiage enough to satisfy your hunger at the reasonable price range. It is a popular lunch joint among locals so it is suggested that you come in earlier than the usual as lines may queue.
Negi Tonkotsu Ramen and Shoyu Ramen are the top bets at Umeiya Tokyo Tower. Conveniently located at the Tokyo Tower food court, the chefs here take their ramen seriously but without breaking your bank.
Eager to just chill after a day of wandering around the tower? Enjoy some good music over some cocktails at Club 333, which usually has live events for locals and tourists alike who wish to just hang out and spend some lazy evening with the company of good friends.
Tokyo Tower is not just a colossal structure that serves as a broadcast antenna to major networks, it is also a landmark where learning, fun, and food meet that must be included in your bucket list of must see and must visit food destinations when in Tokyo.
Aleli is a wanderlust whose main itinerary is to culture soak in the places that she sets foot on, sinking her teeth in the gustatory offerings that the place has to offer and knowing the story behind it. Food for her is a marriage of the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the rich history of every city she explores and uses the pen as her tool to share to the world each unique experience she unravels.