Attraction Tokyo Skytree 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage Sumida, Tokyo 131-0045 Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why TOKYO SKYTREE is special ?
The Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) is a new television broadcasting tower and landmark of Tokyo. It is the centerpiece of the Tokyo Skytree Town in the Sumida City Ward, not far away from Asakusa. With a height of 634 meters (634 can be read as "Musashi", a historic name of the Tokyo Region), it is the tallest building in Japan and the second tallest structure in the world at the time of its completion. A large shopping complex with aquarium is located at its base.
What to explore at TOKYO SKYTREE?
The highlight of the Tokyo Skytree is its two observation decks which offer spectacular views out over Tokyo. The two enclosed decks are located at heights of 350 and 450 meters respectively, making them the highest observation decks in Japan and some of the highest in the world.
Tembo Deck, the lower of the two decks is 350 meters high and spans three levels with great views from all of its floors. The top floor features tall, broad windows that offer some of the best 360 degree panoramic views of the city. The middle floor has a souvenir shop and the Musashi Sky Restaurant, which serves French-Japanese fusion cuisine, while the lowest floor features a cafe and some glass panels on the ground from where you can look all the way down to the base of the tower.
A second set of elevators connects the Tembo Deck to the 450 meter high Tembo Gallery. Dubbed "the world's highest skywalk", the Tembo Gallery consists of a sloping spiral ramp that gains height as it circles the tower. The construction of the steel and glass tube allows visitors to look down from the dizzying height of the tower and out over the Kanto Region to spectacular distances.
At the top of the spiral ramp is a more conventional observation deck floor with lounging areas and tall windows from which to look out over Tokyo. This floor is officially located at 451.2 meters and constitutes the highest point of the observation decks.
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How to get to TOKYO SKYTREE?
The entrance to the Tokyo Skytree is on the 4th floor of Tokyo Skytree Town, which spans the area between Tokyo Skytree Station (formerly known as Narihirabashi Station) on the Tobu Isesaki Line, and Oshiage Station on the Asakusa Subway Line, Hanzomon Subway Line and Keisei Oshiage Line. Alternatively, it is a 20 minute walk across the Sumida River from Asakusa.
Tokyo Skytree can also be reached by direct buses from Tokyo Station (30 minutes, 520 yen one way, 3 buses/hour), Ueno Station (30 minutes, 220 yen, 5 buses/hour), Tokyo Disney Resort (45-55 minutes, 720 yen, 1 bus/hour) and Haneda Airport (50-70 minutes, 920 yen, 1 bus/hour).
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- Lots of fun and fantastic views
- Great way to see the rest of Tokyo
- Fair price for a spectacular view
- “Bird's eye view of city
- Awesome nightview
Tokyo Skytree 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage Sumida, Tokyo 131-0045
Tips for you
Pros: The lines went quick and getting up to the first landing is very fast; great views of the rest of the city from there. Cons: It's a bit more expensive $35 US (as of Feb. '15) for two adults; no senior discounts were available for my retiree father (another great spot to view Tokyo from up high is the Tokyo metropolitan government building in Shinjuku; it is free to go up to the observation deck) The Skytree is quite a site-it was only constructed a few years ago (2012) and everything is as you would expect in a new tourist trap. They have tons of shops downstairs before you can even get to the level to purchase tickets. You can pay additional money to get to the higher level. There is also a full restaurant and cafe in the first, lower level area to dine at. You can reach the Skytree by taking the Asakusa (Toei) or the Hanzomon (Metro) line to the Oshiage stop. It brings you out right under the Skytree.