Tokyo Skytree Guide
Tokyo Skytree is a 634m high broadcasting/restaurant/observation tower that opened back in May 2012 - it was constructed to replace the Tokyo Tower that lacked the height needed to cover the digital terrestrial television broadcast and is currently world's tallest broadcasting tower.
Today we take a lookie around and inside the Tokyo Skytree to give you an idea of what one can expect to see in the area. The guide starts off at Tokyo Skytree Station on the Tokyo Skytree line and moves on to Solamachi, Tokyo Skytree ticket area, Tembo observation Deck and then the Tembo observation Galleria.
Before you continue reading, if you prefer to watch rather than read then you can watch the episode of Japan Mode where I send Aya-chan to report back on the goodies they have in the area.
How many of you have been to tokyo Skytree?
To get to Tokyo Skytree, take the Tobu Skytree line and get off at either Tokyo Skytree Station (Skytree West Yard) or Oshiage station (Skytree East Yard). Or if you feel like exploring the area, get off at Asakusa station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza line and head towards Tokyo Skytree. Address as follows:
(Tōkyōtosumidaku Oshiage ichi-chōme 1-ban 13-gō)
This is Tokyo Skytree West exit - once you're out of the station you can immediately start exploring the Tokyo Solamachi shopping mall.
Heading towards Tokyo Skytree passing by a load of restaurants.
Go on a weekday to avoid the crowds.
The facility surrounding Skytree is huge but if you ever get lost, just look up and keep walking towards the giant illuminating tower.
When you are ready to take a trip up the tower, you can either get a Reserved Ticket or a numbered ticket to line up for the Day Ticket. The price of the ticket (adults) to go up to the Tokyo Skytree Tembo observation Deck (350th floor) is 2,000 yen (2,500 yen for fixed dates) and you'll need to pay another 1,000 yen to go up to Skytree Tembo observation Galleria (450th floor).
Tembo observation Galleria is open from 8:00~22:00 and the detailed explanation for each floor can be found here.
For folks who reserved the fixed date tickets enter from here.
Numbered ticket counter for those who need the Day Tickets.
It may take a while to get inside but the Tokyo Solamachi shopping area has a load of food/fashion/toy stores for you to explore - approximately 312 stores in total.
Now that we got our ticket, we go exploring around Solamachi before its time to go up the Skytree.
Loads of Skytree related souvenirs and goodies - but Skytree candles? Isnt that bad feng shui? ^^;
Doraemon and Kamen Rider figurines. Was Doraemon only shown around Asia and not the West?
Inside the Skytree and heading towards the ticket counter. Here are objects depicting the Skytree in various styles.
At the ticket counter. The elevator travels 600m/min and can get up to the Tembo observation Deck in less than 50 seconds - take a handkerchief to wipe up if your ears pop.
Once you're at the Tembo Deck,you can start exploring the area and take photos with yer zoom/wide angle lens. You can get great views of Tokyo on a clear night.
And here is the view from Tokyo Skytree.
This video panel shows you how the scenery changes over the day.
A byoubu [屏風] showing how Tokyo looked like in the Edo period.
From here you can then head up to the Tembo Galleria for an additional 1,000 yen - no need to get back down to the ticket counter on the first floor - I think observation towers all share the same business model ^^;
You get nicer views of the city - but obstructed by a load of window frames ;-;
To get half decent views you need to zoom in to remove the window frames so if you do have a zoom lens handy then bring it along.
If you are wearing a skirt then folks at the bottom also with zoom lenses will be able to see your bits n pieces.
Although if you are a trap then it is likely that they will be the one who is surprised.
The Sorakara Point [ソラカラポイント] (451.2m) marks the highest part of the tower that visitors can go.
The elevator is also decorated with these lightings. There are couple of other elevators like this with a different decorations.
Folks who wish to play football should follow this sign.
And that's about it!
More places to visit listed up in the Places to Visit in Japan post and below.