A brief introduction to the world of One Piece
Most of you reading this are probably already familiar with One Piece. That being said, perhaps you were drawn to the Tokyo Tower aspect of this article and are wondering what all the fuss is about.
At its core, One Piece is a classic high-seas adventure story centered on the aforementioned Luffy and his eclectic crew. This off-kilter collection of pirates includes a master swordsman, a cyborg, a living skeleton, an anthropomorphized reindeer, and many more cantankerous characters. The lore in this groundbreaking series is too deep to cover here, but all it takes is a quick Google search to get up to speed.
Perhaps more fascinating is the number of accolades that One Piece keeps in its treasure chest. Having sold over 455 million copies worldwide, One Piece is the best-selling manga series in history. The manga also holds the Guinness World Record for “the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.”
TL;DR: One Piece is a big deal in Japan and all over the globe.
Making your way to Tokyo Tower is simple enough. One of Tokyo’s most iconic landmarks, all it takes is a glance at Google Maps or a brief chat with your hotel’s concierge and you’re on your way. For those into fitness, you can even jog there.
Once you arrive, however, you’ll have several ticket options from which to choose:
- Live & Park Pass: admission to the exhibit and access to a live show
- Park Pass: a basic admission ticket that excludes the live performance
- Park Pass and Main Deck Set Ticket: basic admission plus access to the main, 150-meter-high observation deck of Tokyo Tower
In summary, if you are into live performances, the Live & Park Pass is your best bet. If you’re a One Piece fan who has never been to Tokyo Tower, consider the Park Pass and Main Deck Set Ticket. Bundling the experiences will save you 200 yen.
For more pricing details and advanced purchasing options (which will save you even more money), check out the official Tokyo One Piece Tower website.
A pirate’s life
Tokyo One Piece Tower can be divided into four experiences. The adventure starts on the first floor with a One-Piece-themed café, restaurant, and gift shop. These are all accessible without purchasing an admission ticket.
The fun truly begins at the 3rd floor ticket counter, where the vanilla interior of Tokyo tower melts away to decor fit for a swashbuckler. Before you can run (or sail) wild on the high seas, you’ll be ushered into a 360-degree theater for a brief introductory movie. Be sure to pick up a “guide map” in the language of your choice (English, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean) while waiting in line.
Once inside the theater, the immersive 360-degree screen is large enough to simulate a sense of motion as you sail to Tongari Island. Please note, however, that the audio is in Japanese only.
Once the movie is over, you can roam the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors of the micro theme park freely. Most importantly you can take photos to your heart’s content (with a few clearly marked exceptions). As I’ve mentioned before, this is a rarity for places like this in Japan and therefore adds great value to the experience.
After admiring life-sized statues of the Straw Hat Crew on the 3rd floor, head to the 4th floor for a variety of carnival-style games and attractions based on your favorite One Piece characters.
The 5th floor, a curated art gallery, is a treasure trove for aspiring manga artists as well as those interested in learning more about the history and enduring popularity of One Piece. Additionally, this is where you can catch the live stage show and pose for photos with live incarnations of the Straw Hat Crew.
A worthy voyage
As a fan of art and creativity, I had a blast diving into the wild world of One Piece. The boisterous, colorful characters on display at this exhibit actually inspired me to take a closer look at the series, which speaks volumes to the care and passion on display at Tokyo One Piece Tower.
For those of you who are already fans, this is a must-visit attraction—especially considering the photo ops. The price of entry may be high for some, however that’s par for the course when it comes to pop-culture themed attractions in Tokyo.
So, set your sails for Tokyo Bay (or better yet, catch a flight to Haneda Airport) and make One Piece Tokyo Tower part of your next sightseeing adventure.