Tokyo Tower

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Tokyo Tower, seen from a busy street in Tokyo

Tokyo Tower (東京タワー,   Tōkyō Tawā) is a transmission tower in Tokyo that was completed in 1958. Ever since then, the tower has been one of the city's major landmarks. It is seen in many movies from the Godzilla and Gamera series, and also appears in many other films produced by a variety of companies. It usually bears the brunt of kaiju battles, and is usually reduced to a pile of rubble and bent steel at the conclusion of the battles.

Tokyo Tower is located in the Shiba-koen district of Minato, Tokyo, and is 333 meters tall. Like the Eiffel Tower, it has ample amounts of radio apparatus and antennae which help supply television and radio signals to the city below. Until 2011, it was the tallest structure in Japan, with the title now going to Tokyo Skytree, which is 634 meters tall. Tokyo Tower is still important, given its status as a transmitter and tourist attraction, but the Skytree was built to assist in its role, as tall buildings constructed near the tower interfere with the range of its antennas.


Showa era


Mothra emerges from her cocoon on Tokyo Tower in Mothra

After the larva form of Mothra emerges, having rampaged through the city of Tokyo, she topples most of the tower, then cocoons herself against the base. Later, she emerges from the egg as an imago and flies off to New Kirk City to retrieve her twin fairies.

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

Tokyo Tower collapsing in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

During King Ghidorah's rampage in Tokyo, Tokyo Tower can be seen destroyed after King Ghidorah flew through it, causing the tower to break in half and collapse into the houses below.

Gamera the Giant Monster

Gamera approaches Tokyo Tower while destroying Tokyo in Gamera the Giant Monster

As Gamera rampaged through Tokyo, he eventually came upon Tokyo Tower and destroyed it before moving on.

King Kong Escapes

King Kong pursues Mechani-Kong up Tokyo Tower to rescue Susan Watson in King Kong Escapes

King Kong and Mechani-Kong clamber up the outside of the tower to duke it out above the two observation decks, on the main radio antenna. Thanks to the timely intervention of Madame Piranha, who cuts off the control wires to a machine which allowed Dr. Who to control Mechani-Kong, the robotic ape malfunctions and falls off the tower, with its hand ripping off the tower's main antenna in the process.

Godzilla vs. Gigan

Gigan hits Tokyo Tower with his tail in Godzilla vs. Gigan

After the M Space Hunter Nebula Aliens deployed Gigan to Tokyo, he began attacking the city. He struck Tokyo Tower with his tail a few times, eventually causing half the tower to break off.

Heisei era

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

Tokyo Tower caught in the blast wave of the theoretical explosion of Burning Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

In a sequence depicting a potential end-of-the-world scenario triggered by Burning Godzilla's meltdown, Tokyo Tower was caught in the blast wave of Godzilla's meltdown shortly after he exploded, and was vaporised in an instant, along with the Wako Main Building and the National Diet Building, with the rest of the city following suit not long after, thus commencing a global cataclysm that would bring about an end to life on Earth.

Gamera the Guardian of the Universe

Tokyo Tower being destroyed in Gamera the Guardian of the Universe

After Super Gyaos attacked Tokyo, the JSDF attempted to attack the giant monster while it was sleeping. Hit by a volley of surface to air missiles, Super Gyaos took to the air, and flew behind Tokyo Tower when another set of missiles were fired, resulting in the missiles destroying much of the tower above its main deck. That evening, Super Gyaos built a nest on top of the tower. When Gamera arrived, Super Gyaos roared at Gamera, and the giant turtle tried to blast Gyaos with a fireball, but Gyaos escaped, and the fireball sent pieces of broken eggs and metal raining down onto the tower’s intact lower half.

Gamera 2: Attack of Legion

Tokyo Tower is briefly shown among the areas of Tokyo being rebuilt a year after the Gyaos's assault on Japan. As reconstruction work on it had yet to commence, it remained in the partially-destroyed state it was in after the missiles were fired at it a year earlier.

As the Gods Will

A white cube hovers near the Tokyo Tower in As the Gods Will

A large white cube, which is believed to holding some of Tokyo's high school students as prisoners, hovers above Tokyo Tower with the police and public watching it from below.

Millennium era

Godzilla: Tokyo SOS

Tokyo Tower exploding in Godzilla: Tokyo SOS

During Godzilla's fight with Mothra, the tower was hit by Godzilla's atomic breath when he attempted to attack Mothra, causing it to collapse.

Godzilla Final Wars

When Godzilla blasts the meteor containing Monster X, a massive explosion results. When the dust cloud clears, it is revealed that Tokyo Tower, albeit still standing, is badly damaged, with much of its upper section tilting to one side. Ironically, it has suffered the least damage, with most of central Tokyo now nothing more than a sea of crumbling, burning ruins.

A Giant Warrior Descends on Tokyo

After descending into Tokyo in the form of a cloud of orange spores and then taking his true form, the Giant Warrior eventually made his way to the area around Tokyo Tower. After standing still for several moments, the Giant Warrior began firing his weaponry at buildings, including Tokyo Tower, which was brought down with two shots. The destruction of the city initiated the Seven Days of Fire that would eventually result in humanity's near-extinction.

Monster Seafood Wars

Tokyo Tower appears in an establishing shot of the city.

Reiwa era

Godzilla the Ride: Giant Monsters Ultimate Battle

King Ghidorah blasts off the top of Tokyo Tower with his Gravity Beams, which nearly falls on an armored vehicle gliding through the air on parachutes.

Video games



A compilation of kaiju destroying Tokyo Tower


Countries Japan (HiroshimaNagasakiTokyo (ShinagawaGinza) • KobeOsakaNagoyaOkinawa (Cape Manzamo) • HokkaidoKyotoFukuoka) • China (Beijing) • Philippines (Manila) • United States (New York CityAlaskaTexas) • United Kingdom (London) • France (Paris) • Italy (Venice) • Russia (Moscow) • Rolisica (New Kirk City)MuSelginaSeatopia
Geographic points Mount AsoMount FujiAokigaharaPacific Ocean (Odo IslandIwato IslandKamiko IslandFaro IslandMatango IslandInfant IslandSergio IslandLetchi IslandSollgel IslandMonster IslandMondo IslandMonsterlandJapan Trench) • Tokyo BayOsaka Bay
Planets and continents Earth (AsiaAmericaEurope) • MysteroidPlanet RPlanet PairaVenusMarsJupiterPlanet XMoonGorathTerraPlanet Fire GodDark Gaseous Nebula of the OrionM Space Hunter NebulaPlanet PeacelandPlanet GarogaPlanet BulgarBlack Hole Planet 3
Miscellaneous National Diet BuildingSEIKO HOUSE GINZATokyo TowerOsaka CastleSaikai BridgeHaneda AirportAtami CastleNagoya TV TowerNagoya CastleWakato BridgeKurobe DamArc de TriompheGodzilla TowerUnderground CaveAtlantis
Countries Japan (TokyoOsakaHokkaido (Sapporo) • FukuokaNagoyaYokohama (Minato Mirai 21) • KyotoKobeKagoshimaKumamotoOkinawaOmaezakiSendaiAshikaga) • China (Hong Kong) • PhilippinesRussiaSaradia
Geographic points Mount MiharaMount FujiAokigaharaLake AshiPacific Ocean (Tokyo BayLagos IslandSea of OkhotskInfant IslandAdonoa IslandBaas IslandKowloon BayGodzilla IslandMatango IslandBungo ChannelYakushimaNilai-Kanai Temple) • Arctic Ocean
Planets and continents Earth (Asia) • MarsJupiterMonster PlanetPlanet Torendiru
Miscellaneous Mihama Nuclear Power PlantNational Diet BuildingSEIKO HOUSE GINZAFukuoka TowerSapporo TV TowerNagoya CastleNagoya TV TowerYokohama Landmark TowerYokohama Bay BridgeCosmo Clock 21Tokyo TowerKai Tak AirportTokyo Bay Aqua-LineTokyo Metropolitan Government BuildingTokyo Telecom CenterIkata Nuclear Power PlantHaneda AirportAriake ColiseumUnderworldAtlantis
Countries Japan (TokyoOkinawaTokaiManazuruHokkaido (Nemuro) • OsakaYokohamaTateyama) • United States (New York CityArizona) • France (Paris) • Australia (Sydney) • New Guinea (Papua New Guinea) • China (Shanghai)
Geographic points Pacific Ocean (KiganjimaInfant IslandJapan Trench) • Atlantic Ocean (English Channel) • Mount MyokoLake IkedaMount FujiAokigaharaArea G
Planets and continents Earth (AsiaAmericaEuropeOceaniaAntarcticaNew Guinea) • GorathPlanet Fire God
Miscellaneous National Diet BuildingTokyo TowerTokai Nuclear Power PlantYokohama Landmark TowerYokohama Bay BridgeSydney Opera HouseEiffel TowerTokyo Bay
Countries Japan (Tokyo (KamataShinagawaGinza) • KamakuraMechagodzilla CityNigashio) • United Kingdom (London) • United StatesIndia
Geographic points Mount FujiTanzawa PassPacific OceanAtlantic Ocean (English Channel) • Tokyo BaySagami BayBōsō Peninsula
Planets and continents Earth (AsiaEuropeAmerica) • Kepler-452bTau Ceti e
Miscellaneous National Diet BuildingTokyo TowerTokyo StationSEIKO HOUSE GINZAAratrumOratioUnion Compound India
American films
Countries United States (New York CityHawaiiNevadaSan FranciscoBostonSedonaPhoenixHobokenWashington, D.C.PensacolaAlaska) • France (French PolynesiaMontagnac) • JamaicaPhilippinesJapan (JanjiraTokyo) • VietnamMexico (Isla de Mara) • Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) • Germany (Munich) • Russia (Moscow) • United Kingdom (London) • Spain (Gibraltar) • Italy (Rome) • BarbadosNorway (Kvitøya) • Sudan (Jebel Barkal) • Egypt (Cairo) • China (Hong Kong)
Geographic points Pacific Ocean (Bikini AtollSkull IslandTasman Sea) • Arctic OceanYunnan RainforestMount FujiInfant IslandVictoria Peak
Planets and continents Earth (AmericaOceaniaEuropeAsiaAntarctica)
Miscellaneous Empire State BuildingWorld Trade CenterMadison Square GardenBrooklyn BridgeHonolulu International AirportGolden Gate BridgeYucca Mountain Nuclear Waste RepositoryFenway ParkApex CyberneticsColosseumGreat PyramidChrist the Redeemer
Printed media
Countries United States (San FranciscoSan DiegoNew York CityTexasWashington, D.C.SeattleLas VegasAlaska) • Japan (Tokyo) • Brazil (São Paulo) • France (Paris) • Italy (PompeiiRome) • Ghana (Accra) • India (Mumbai) • Turkey (Istanbul) • South Korea (Seoul) • Russia (Moscow) • MexicoVietnamJamaicaPeru
Geographic points Pacific Ocean (Monster IslandMonster IslandsInfant IslandMoansta IslandSatan Atoll)
Planets and continents Earth (AmericaAsiaEuropeAntarctica)
Miscellaneous Golden Gate BridgeGrand CanyonEiffel TowerChrist the RedeemerHellMultiverse


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