Standing tall amidst the modern expanse of Tokyo is the Tokyo Tower. With a staggering height of 333 meters (1,092 feet), this white and red tower that resembles the Eiffel Tower is 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 an observatory deck with a panoramic view, the One Piece Tower, seasonal winter illuminations, and a music venue. Once you’re done exploring Tokyo Tower, its time to try the culinary offerings of Tokyo Tower restaurants that are in and around the landmark.
1. Tower’s Diner
Tower’s Diner is a restaurant in Tokyo Tower with a menu that features healthy options, burgers, steaks, and a long list of beverages including a variety of beer and sake, whisky and cocktails, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. Their food menu includes dishes such as the 333g hamburg and the 333g rib roast, which are nods to Tokyo Tower’s height of 333 meters. Lunch sets start from ¥980, while dinner entrees are around ¥1,500 to ¥3333. Conveniently, they also have Wi-Fi and phone charging stations available.
2. Sanji’s Oresama Restaurant and Cafe Mugiwara (One Piece Tower)
Manga lovers need not go far to experience the Straw Hat Pirate’s life, just head to the One Piece Tower, an indoor theme park within Tokyo Tower. Enjoy some One Piece-inspired dishes at Sanji’s Oresama Restaurant, which is decked out (pardon the pun) to look like the Thousand Sunny’s deck. Enjoy a buffet between the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. you can order a la carte. Or, for a change of scenery, you can immerse yourself further in the world of One Piece at Cafe Mugiwara, a little library cafe with a menu inspired by the anime. To keep things interesting, each month they have a special birthday menu for a new character. To read more about Cafe Mugiwara and other character cafes, check out our list of 5 Must-Visit Character Cafes in Tokyo.
3. Tantanmen Kinkatsu (Golden Scorpion)
Kinkatsu, literally “Golden Scorpion,” is the go-to restaurant in Tokyo Tower to score some delicious spicy tantanmen (the Japanese version on Sichuan Dan Dan noodles). Made with spicy Japanese rayu (chili oil) and toasty sesame seeds, your taste buds will literally tingle with every bite. When you order tantanmen here, you can choose how hot you want the dish, but in true Japanese fashion, level 3 (the highest) is still quite mild. Aside from the original tantanmen, you can also enjoy tantan tsukemen (dipping-style noodles, where the soup and noodles are served separately) or get the soupless tantanmen which comes with thicker noodles and creamy sauce.
4. Tofuya Ukai
People who claim that tofu is bland will eat their words at Tofuya Ukai, a restaurant at the base of Tokyo Tower where the bean curd product, which is made entirely in-house, is the star of the menu. Tofuya is famous all over Japan for giving a new face to tofu, making their tofu from scratch with the finest soybeans and the purest mineral water. Their two specialty dishes are tosui-tofu (a soup made with dashi stock and soymilk) and age-dengaku (sliced and fried tofu that is grilled over wood charcoal). Lunch courses are offered on weekdays for ¥5,940 and on weekends for ¥7,560, and grand kaiseki courses are also offered at prices from ¥10,800 to ¥16,200. The restaurant is stunning, reminiscent of the town of Edo from 200 years ago, and features Japanese gardens and a koi pond. The mix of kaiseki dishes that reflect the current season’s offerings will surely delight even the most particular palate.
5. Marion Crepes
Do you prefer savory or sweet? At Marion Crepes at Tokyo Tower’s main entrance, you can go either way! 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 can easily grab a crepe to their liking since the store is conspicuously located near the Tower’s main gate, a perfect bite to start your Tokyo Tower adventure.
Negi tonkotsu ramen and shoyu ramen are the top sellers at Umeiya Tokyo Tower. Conveniently located at the Tokyo Tower food court, the chefs here take their ramen seriously but without breaking your bank. With ramen noodles cooked to al dente perfection and the hot and comforting broth, you can quickly get your ramen fix at Umeiya, where payments are done at a vending machine, and be off to your next destination!
7. Club 333
Eager to chill after a day of wandering around Tokyo? Enjoy some good music or a comedy show over some cocktails at Club 333, located at Tokyo Tower’s Main Observatory (first floor). Club 333 features live performances for visitors to Tokyo Tower; check out their DJs on Friday nights or catch one of the Saturday performances at 3:00, 5:00, or 7:00 p.m. The entry fee is ¥900. With a cafe right by the stage, you can get some grub to fuel your evening as you listen to the performer, with stunning views of the glittering Tokyo skyline.
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Tokyo Tower is not just a colossal structure that serves as a broadcast antenna to major networks, it is also an iconic Tokyo landmark where learning, fun, and food collide. Check out the fantastic view, go souvenir shopping, see cool exhibitions, indulge your One Piece obsession, experience live shows, all at Tokyo Tower.
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.