Would you like to see the urban landscape of Tokyo from a bird’s-eye view? Would you like to experience one of Japan’s many impressive artificial landmarks? Don’t miss Tokyo Skytree, located in Sumida-ku (墨田区) in Tokyo.
Skytree is the “tallest free-standing broadcast tower in the world as of 2011” as per their official site. This structure stands at 634 meters (2080 feet) in height and has a magnificent viewing deck waiting for you!
You can get to this landmark on public transportation.
By Skytree Shuttle bus
If you’re a tourist and you’re traveling alone or in a small group, this mode of transportation will suit you. It is one of the round-trip buses between Tokyo Skytree Town and selected stations.
If you’re already familiar with the area or an adventurer who wants to experience Japan’s railway system, take the train. From Tokyo Station (東京駅), take the JR Sobu Rapid Line (総武快速線) to Kinshicho Station (錦糸町駅), then transfer to the Hanzomon Line (半蔵門線) and get off at Oshiage Station (押上駅). It takes around ten minutes to reach the Skytree Tower by foot from the station.
You can download a map and a “train route finder” app if you’re not sure about the trains. You can also visit their website for inquiries.
There are two main attractions with separate admission tickets.
Tembo Deck (天望デッキ): you can buy tickets at the ticket counter on the 4th floor
Tembo Galleria (天望回廊): you can buy tickets at the ticket counter on the Tembo Deck, Floor 350
It really was astonishing looking down through the glass floor at this level! You can enjoy a breathtaking view from this deck and feel like you’re standing on thin air!
The Tembo Deck has a restaurant and two cafes ready to satisfy your cravings while savoring the exquisite landscape. There are plenty of dishes to choose from. The Skytree Cafe offers delicious drinks and snacks, while the Musashi Sky Restaurant offers fine dining at its best.
Even if it is a little cloudy during your visit, you can still have fun and enjoy the scenery from the tallest tower. Wind chimes are on display at the galleria, and the soothing sound is quite calming. The view from the shuttle elevator going up the Tembo Galleria is also well worth seeing.
Tokyo Skytree is a must-see which we hope you have added to your traveler’s bucket list! Here’s a bonus tip – if you’d like the chance to witness the sunset or the city lights, you can also visit the Skytree Tower during night time (until 10:00pm). Given another opportunity, I would definitely go back!
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