Tokyo Skytree, One of the City’s Biggest Landmarks Tokyo Skytree, One of the City’s Biggest Landmarks

Tokyo Skytree, One of the City’s Biggest Landmarks


2018.04.09

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Tokyo Skytree, One of the City’s Biggest Landmarks
  • Towering over the historic neighborhood of Asakusa you’ll find Tokyo Skytree, one of the city’s biggest landmarks, reaching an impressive 634 meters into the clouds. Technically a television broadcasting tower, this uniquely structured building has become on of Tokyo’s most popular tourist destinations. As you scale the Skytree and make it to the observation deck you’re gifted with unforgettable city views day and night. Here’s a little guide to everything you need to know about this iconic Tokyo figure.

    Tokyo Skytree, One of the City’s Biggest Landmarks

    Tokyo Skytree, One of the City’s Biggest Landmarks

    Officially becoming the tallest structure in Japan in 2010, Tokyo Skytree is the primary television and radio broadcast site for the entire Kanto area. Designed by famous local architect Tadao Ando, the tower’s design is a combination of neo-futuristic ideologies and inspirations. Ando meshed the traditional beauty of the neighboring Asakusa, with its futuristic potential. You can see this combination of young and old in the tower’s exterior, which is meant to resemble a five-story pagoda.


    Inside it’s a more futuristic affair, with shopping complex with aquarium is located at the bottom and a spiral, glass-covered skywalk, which ascends to the observatory. The tower is home to two observation decks, sitting at the 350 and 450 meter points, making them officially the highest observation decks in Japan, and some of the highest in the entire world.

    Tokyo Skytree, One of the City’s Biggest Landmarks

    Tokyo Skytree, One of the City’s Biggest Landmarks

    To visit to these decks, head to the fourth floor to pick up a ticket to access the first observation deck. An elevator will take you to the viewing platform, which is also known as the Tembo Deck. Here you’ll find floor to ceiling glass windows, offering panoramic views of the city as well as Musashi Sky Restaurant, which serves French Japanese cuisine, and a souvenir shop.

    Tokyo Skytree, One of the City’s Biggest Landmarks

    Tokyo Skytree, One of the City’s Biggest Landmarks

    From this lower floor you can get ticket to access the Skytree’s next viewing platform, the Tembo Gallery. Also known as "the world's highest skywalk", the spiraling ramp that wraps its way around the tower offers unparalleled views of Tokyo and the wider Kanto area. Do note that in order to access this platform you have to purchase tickets from the Tembo Deck, a fast track route straight here from the bottom of the tower isn’t possible.

    Tokyo Skytree, One of the City’s Biggest Landmarks

    Tokyo Skytree, One of the City’s Biggest Landmarks

    If you are visiting the Asakusa area, a trip to Tokyo Skytree is an easy and worthwhile addition to your days itinerary. Due to its immense popularity, locals can expect long waits when visiting on the weekend or during national holidays, but for international visitors Fast Skytree Tickets are available for 3,000 yen, which can cut the waiting time down from forty-five to as little as five minutes. Tokyo Skytree is around a 20-minute walk from Asakusa’s central sites.

    Tokyo Skytree, One of the City’s Biggest Landmarks

    Tokyo Skytree, One of the City’s Biggest Landmarks

    You can access the tower via the fourth floor of Tokyo Skytree Town, which sits next to Tokyo Skytree Station, the station is serviced by the Tobu Isesaki Line. You can also get to the area via the Oshiage Station which is serviced by the Asakusa Subway Line, Hanzomon Subway Line, and Keisei Oshiage Line. You can also get there by bus from Tokyo and Ueno Stations, trips take around 30 minutes and cost 220 yen each way.

    Tokyo Skytree (R)
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    Tokyo Sumida-ku Oshiage 1-1-2
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    0570550634
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    [Observatory] 9:00-21:00 (La…
    Sky Restaurant 634
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    東京都墨田区押上1-1-2 東京スカイツリー天望デッキ内
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    0336230634
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