There are two stand alone communication towers in Tokyo; one is Tokyo Tower, which is a kind of replica of Eiffel tower and it is the hight of 333m. Another one is Tokyo Skytree and the hight is 634m. Since the Tokyo Skytree appeared in Tokyo, the older counterpart; Tokyo Tower, has sadly been hidden under its shade, although I personally like the shape of Tokyo Tower.
Tokyo Tower has also been trying to attract visitors by providing new services like free live jazz music played in the observatory etc.
You can also go up the stairs of Tokyo Tower to get to the observatory on weekends from 11:00 to 16:00, but you can also use the stairs on other occasions, when they are having special events, so it would be better to check their HP for the details.
You have to purchase the ticket regardless of whether you are using the elevator or the stairs. If you are using the stairs, you need to go to the roof top floor of the main building and you will find the entrance to the stairs.
The stairs are located outside of the tower, so you can enjoy the scenery as you go up the stairs.
It will take only 10 to 15 min. to go up to the observatory. Not bad at all, but it would be nice to have a bottle of water etc with you when you use the stairs.
They also give you the certificate for using the stairs!!!
Tokyo Tower is very entertaining place with lots of shops and restaurants under the tower and they have certainly been trying to creat new values to the tower by offering various entertainments, so i am sure that you would enjoy the tower, although it is no longer the tallest tower in Tokyo.
For more details, please visit their HP.
To visit my shop from the Tokyo Tower, you can take a Tokyo Metro from Akabanebashi station (Ooedo line) to Aoyama 1chome station, which will take approximately 6 min.
From Aoyama 1chome station, you can walk toward Shibuya on the large Aoyama street for about 4 min and my shop is located on the left.
Please click the link bellow for the map.
Alternatively you can visit our HP for the details. http://www.mabysoshite.com/access/access01.html