Photo/IllutrationAn artist’s rendition of the interior of Tokyo Tower’s Top Deck, which will be decorated with new geometric mirrors on wall surfaces. (Provided by Tokyo Tower)

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Celebrating six decades of operation, Tokyo Tower will shuffle the deck this coming spring, renaming its two observatories and offering a special tour.

The 333-meter tower, which opened in December 1958, will be turned into a venue of hands-on attractions, which offer, among other things, a guided tour that gives visitors a rundown of Tokyo’s landscape and history before they enter the top observation deck.

The tower’s Special Observatory, at a height of 250 meters, will be renamed the Top Deck, whereas the appellation of its Main Observatory, at a height of 150 meters, will be changed to the Main Deck.

Tokyo-based Nippon Television City Corp., which operates Tokyo Tower, released the renovation plan on Jan. 11 during a news conference.

“This will be one of the new stages of sightseeing,” said Nippon Television City President Shin Maeda. “We hope visitors will be leaving here with as much excitement as possible.”

The Top Deck, which has been closed for renovations, mostly of the interior, will be reopened in a new look on March 3.

As a special offering, visitors can register for a tour to gain entry into the refurbished Top Deck. Tour participants, who must make advance reservations online, will be given access, among other things, to an audio guide system available in 13 languages and to displays of Tokyo Tower’s history and photos.

Visitors will be admitted at 15-minute intervals. Only 100 to 160 participants are expected to be allowed on each tour so they can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in a not-so-crowded setting.

Reservations for a Top Deck tour can be made, starting at noon on Jan. 23, on a dedicated website ( Admission is 2,800 yen ($25) for adults and 1,800 yen for elementary school and junior high school students. Call Tokyo Tower at 03-3433-5111 for inquiries.