It is the oldest TV tower in Japan, and was completed in 1954. It is located in the centre of Hisaya Ōdori Park. The tower is 180 metres high, and has two main observation decks at the heights of 90 metres (the indoor Sky Deck) and 100 metres (the outdoor Sky Balcony). The tower also includes a restaurant and gallery at 30 metres. Nagoya TV Tower closely resembles the Eiffel Tower. Recently, the tower became known under the nickname of "Thunder Tower" due to the nighttime illumination.
The famous movie monster, Godzilla pulled the tower down in Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), and twenty-eight years later, it was destroyed again in the 1992 remake, Godzilla vs. Mothra. This time around, it is demolished by the monster Battra, when the creature attacks Nagoya.