TELL is partnering with one of Tokyo’s most iconic structures again to offer an exciting challenge on September 9th that ranks with endurance events at some of the world’s most famous buildings and towers (e.g. Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower, Sears Tower).  Last Year’s TELL Tokyo Tower Climb raised over ¥2,000,000 and saw close to 300 people take the challenge to help raise awareness for World Suicide Prevention Day.

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day and over this weekend, people all around the globe will be walking, marching or running to “take a step” to remove stigmas around mental health.

Come out – by yourself, or form a team – to make a difference by raising money to help us take the TELL Lifeline 24/7.
Every step changes lives.

  • Date & Time: September 9, 2018 07:30-11:00.
  • To mark World Suicide Prevention Day.
  • 500 participants.
  • One-by-one time trial format to ensure safety.
  • Charity focus – profits to benefit TELL, one of Japan’s leading mental health non-profits.

Registration cost

Adult ¥4,000
Child ¥2,500  4 – 13 Years Old
Corporate Cup Team ¥15,000  Maximum 4 people
School Cup Team ¥12,000  Maximum 4 people
Each entry includes: Event Towel, Completion certificate.

Register now >>

Event facts

  • 600 steps
  • 2 minutes 6 seconds – Current climbing record
  • 18 minutes – Average walking time to Observatory

On The Day


Times may change due to demand on Climber Class, final times will be published in info-pack 3 days before the race.

07:00 Registration opens, pick up race packs and sign waiver
07:30 Elite Class Climbers wave start
08:00 Fast Class Climbers wave start
08:30 Regular Climbers wave start
09:00 Family Climbers wave start
10:00 Prize giving at registration area

All to take place on the roof of Tokyo Foot Town Building, directions will be posted from the main entrance outside of Tokyo Tower.

A few important points to note are as follows:

  • Upon registering you will be asked your 5km run time, this will determine the class you are placed in. If you do not know you will be placed in the Regular Climbers class.
  • Please ensure you arrive at least 30min prior to your scheduled wave time to allow time for race pack collection at the registration tent and assembly into the pre-race area.
  • Event towels collect from Registration tent with your race pack.
  • On the day donations will be accepted from the registration tent.
  • There is a bag drop for your belongings.
  • No change room facilities are available.
  • Toilets will be available.

The stairwells – what to expect

Whilst participants will be released in staggered starts there may be some congestion at times.  Here are some basic guidelines to follow during your climb:

  • Keep to the inside rails, overtake on the outside/ wide side.
  • Water stations will be at the top and bottom
  • Dispose of water cups in the bins provided.
  • Make your way back down to ground level as soon as you are able, to avoid massive congestion at the Main Observatory.
  • Start slowly and build up over the journey.

Completing your climb

We appreciate you’ll be tired after your climb and need some recover time at the Main Observatory level however, please be aware of congestion and be prepared to descend on staircase 2, it takes about 5 minutes to descend. Don’t forget to get a photo! We have massage and activities on the roof of Foot Town by the Registration area for your enjoyment.

Getting your time

Climbers will be able to find out their race time by heading over to the Timing Tent on the roof of Foot Town at the base of Tokyo Tower. Climb certificates will be issued here.

Event Photos

Official event photos will be taken (in the stairwell and at the finish line) and posted on Facebook in the days following.

Dress up to win

We’ve got prizes for best dressed so dress up for a chance to win!


Family and friends can wait for participants on the roof of Foot Town Building, we will have a chill out area set up.  Doors will open at 6:30am.


Winners Trophies will be presented to the 1st placed Man, Woman and Child, as well as runners up medals for 2nd and 3rd places.