A chance to climb one of Tokyo’s more iconic structures while raising awareness around mental health issues, the TELL Tokyo Tower Climb 2023 is an event created to (roughly) coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day and see participants run, walk, or climb up 600 steps.
As an NPO that has championed mental well-being in Japan for 47 years, TELL is proud to step up for this life-affirming cause. Each individual who joins TELL’s Tokyo Tower Climb helps raise awareness toward suicide prevention and funds for TELL’s Lifeline, a critical crisis intervention resource for Japan’s international and English-speaking community
When is it?
The 2023 Tower Climb is back for one day only. Whether you are part of a team, community, or you’re going solo, all will compete on October 14. Start times for the race depend but will be somewhere between 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
- Adults: ¥4,000
- Children (4 to 12): ¥2,500
- Children (3 and under): Free
- Corporate Cup Teams: ¥12,500 per person
- School and Community Teams: ¥4,000 per person
Each entry includes admission to Tokyo Tower, event merch, and a completion certificate. Teams must be a maximum of four people.
Step Up Challenge Event
If you’re not able to or would rather not do the climb, the Step Up Challenge is also an option.
The Step Up Challenge involves walking 21,881 steps in honor of the 21,881 lives lost last year to suicide. Instead of one day to come together to step up, each participant and team can pick a day between World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and World Mental Health Day (October 10).
All proceeds from the event will support TELL and the expansion of their Crisis Chat Service to provide a 24-hour Crisis Support Service in Japan for the international and Japanese community. Since the onset of COVID-19, TELL has been focused every single day on listening, supporting, and responding to community needs across the country.
Participants can register on the TELL website. Adults cost ¥1,500 and children 12 and under are free.Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.