Tokyo Skytree

skytree by kelly oWhile in Tokyo don’t miss the tallest attraction, the Skytree. It is certified by the Guinness World Records (TM) as “the tallest tower in the world”.  The height of the Skytree is 634m. Besides being a tourist attraction and the best place to view the city, it’s also a broadcasting tower.

The first stop on your visit is the Tempo Deck, on Floor 350. If you are feeling brave then, for an extra ¥1,000 fee, you can go up to the Tempo Galleria on the 450 floor. On a clear day you will be able to see Mount Fuji, as well as a 360 degree view of the entire city.

skytree by kelly o 3When it first opened in early 2012 there were very long lines. When I visited in July of 2013, on a Wednesday, the wait was not long to purchase tickets. Only 10 mins at 9:30am. I suspect it would be significantly longer on the weekend. You can purchase advance tickets online for a fixed time reservation only if you have a credit card issued by a Japanese bank. I hope this will change in the near future. The online form to purchase the advance tickets is also only in Japanese. If you have a Japanese friend they  can make the reservation for you, however, the person making the reservation will have to be present when you go because you must present the Japanese credit card with which you made the reservation.

photoOur favorite part was the glass floor. You can stand on tempered glass and look all the way down to the ground! They also have a photo service here. You can purchase you photo for ¥1,200.

There are several casual cafes available and also one nicer restaurant, the Sky Restaurant 634 on the 345 floor. It serves, “Tokyo Cuisine” and is open for lunch and dinner 11:00 – 20:30 (last order). The views from the dinner tables at night are suppose to be spectacular. We went during the day. I saw no way to make a reservation for the restaurant in advance on the website so I guess you would just have to wait to be seated. After the Skytree be sure to check out the brand new aquarium that is right next door! It’s actually attached to the base of the Skytree. It is called the Sumida Aquarium.

skytree by kelly o 2Open 365 days a year. Hours are 8:00 – 22:00. Day tickets cost ¥2,000 for adults, ¥900 for 6 -11 years and ¥600 for 4-5 years. Children 3 and younger are admitted for free.  Get there by car or train… see Tokyo Skytree access page. – Kelly O’Donnell, July 2013

Also check out Tokyo Tower.

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