Opened in 2012, Tokyo Skytree is one of Japan's newest landmarks. There are lots of fun things to do at the iconic tower other than just going up and enjoying the view, albeit the panorama from the observation deck is impressive!
Let's take a closer look at the Tokyo Skytree tower and its many unique things to experience and discover!
- Table of Contents
- 1. Getting to Tokyo Skytree: Access
- 2. Prices & How to Buy Tokyo Skytree Tickets
- 3. Tokyo Skytree Hours
- 4. About Tokyo Skytree: Uniting Radio Tower, Shopping Center, and Observation Deck
- 4a. How Did The Tower Get Its Name?
- 4b. Who Designed It?
- 4c. What Do the Changing Colors and Nightly Light-Up Mean?
- 4d. Why is it so Tall?
- 5. What Can You See from the Tokyo Skytree Observation Deck?
- 5a. The Tembo Galleria at 450 Meters
- 5b. The View from Tembo Gallery
- 5c. To the Highest Point: SORAKARA POINT
- 5d. Looking Down: the Glass Floor at 340F!
- 6. Tokyo Skytree Restaurants: Enjoy a Meal at Sky Restaurant 634
- 7. Recommended Souvenirs
- 8. Tokyo Skytree: The “Modern” to Asakusa’s “Traditional”
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1. Getting to Tokyo Skytree: Access
Getting to Tokyo Skytree is straightforward. It is located at Tokyo Skytree Station on the Tobu Isesaki Line, and Oshiage Station on the Asakusa Subway Line, Hanzomon Subway Line, and Keisei Oshiage Line. Alternatively, it is about a 20-minute walk across the Sumida River from Asakusa.
The Tokyo Skytree tower entrance is on the 4th floor of the Tokyo Skytree Town shopping mall. Tokyo Skytree tickets and ticket pickup is at the 4th floor west entrance.
2. Prices & How to Buy Tokyo Skytree Tickets
Tokyo Skytree’s Observation Deck is one of its main highlights, so let’s take a look at how to buy tickets for it. International tourists are well-catered for! Tickets for the observation deck are sold on the 4th floor, and as a tourist, you get to enjoy the Fast Pass system. The Fast Skytree Ticket price is a bit higher than the regular ticket but is highly recommended on crowded days.
The elevator will then take you up to floor 350, where the observation deck is. As soon as you step out of it, the magnificent panorama of Tokyo Skytree spreads in front of your eyes!
Interesting fact: every elevator going to the observation deck is designed after a different theme. The ride is surprisingly short but use it to take in all the intricate, interesting details of the elevator!
*People with disabilities pay half.
*Free admission for 3 years and younger.
*The combi tickets are only sold at the Fast Pass counter.
- 18 years and over: 3,100 yen
12-17 years old: 2,350 yen
6-11 years old: 1,450 yen
- 18 years and over: 3,400 yen
12-17 years old: 2,550 yen
6-11 years old: 1,550 yen
- 18 years and over: 2,100 yen
12-17 years old: 1,550 yen
6-11 years old: 950 yen
- 18 years and over: 2,300 yen
12-17 years old: 1,650 yen
6-11 years old: 1,000 yen
- 18 years and over: 1,000 yen
12-17 years old: 800 yen
6-11 years old: 500 yen
- 18 years and over: 1,100 yen
12-17 years old: 900 yen
6-11 years old: 550 yen
Finally, the Fast Skytree Ticket is an option for international visitors who present their passports for verification. With this pass, you can skip the regular ticket lines and get faster, smoother access to the observation decks. Fast ticket prices are flat-rate and do not change on the day. (Note that tickets cannot be purchased on another person’s behalf.)
Purchase/pickup location: TOKYO SKYTREE 4th floor west entrance
- Combo ticket (Floor 350+450)
- 12 years and older: 4,200 yen
6-11 years old: 2,100 yen
- Single ticket (Floor 350+450)
- 12 years and older: 3,200 yen
6-11 years old: 1,600 yen
3. Tokyo Skytree Hours
Tembo Deck and Tembo Corridor
8:00AM - 9:45PM
10:00AM - 9:00PM
Restaurant floor: 11:00AM - 11:00PM
4. About Tokyo Skytree: Uniting Radio Tower, Shopping Center, and Observation Deck
Most people associate the Tokyo Skytree tower with its magnificent observation decks, but first and foremost, it is Tokyo's radio tower. It has the vital function of providing the Kanto area with stable radio waves, along with numerous TV and radio stations in Tokyo using the tower.
Because of Tokyo Skytree's height, the tower also has a cloud and lightning observation function, collecting valuable research data.
4a. How Did The Tower Get Its Name?
The name of Tokyo Skytree came from the image of a massive tree that points towards the skies. It was decided by the public in 2008, alongside other prominent suggestions, including Rising Tower, DreamTower, and Edo Tower. One reason for the name of Skytree prevailing is the warm and hopeful image that it evokes.
4b. Who Designed It?
Tokyo Skytree was designed by sculptor Mr. Kiichi Sumikawa. The tower was created with a very Japanese-like shape in mind, as it is inspired by the curve of a Japanese sword and the rise of the pillars typically found at shrines and temples.
4c. What Do the Changing Colors and Nightly Light-Up Mean?
Generally speaking, the Tokyo Skytree tower's blue lights represent the chic and trendsetting spirit of Edo, the royal purple hints at Edo's elegance and grace. At the same time, the orange colors evoke the image of a special flag called "nobori."
These are the three primary color patterns, but during special periods such as Christmas and cherry blossom season, Tokyo Skytree also tends to shine in entirely different colors.
4d. Why is it so Tall?
With a whopping height of 634 meters, Tokyo Skytree was recognized as the world's tallest tower by Guinness World Records on November 11, 2011. It took over the function of Tokyo's central radio tower, a position formerly held by Tokyo Tower since 1958.
However, much has changed in the last 50 years, and numerous buildings started to outshine Tokyo Tower in terms of height, harming its performance. Thus, a new radio tower needed to be built.
5. What Can You See from the Tokyo Skytree Observation Deck?
Tembo Deck has a height of 350 meters, and the Tembo Galleria is at 450 meters. Depending on the weather, you can see as far as 75 kilometers from the Tembo Galleria and view the magnificent Mt. Fuji.
Also, we recommend gazing at the view of the Tokyo streets while dyed in red during the evening, as well as the shimmering night view.
5a. The Tembo Galleria at 450 Meters
Tokyo Skytree's Tembo Galleria is a glass corridor and offers a view that is even more magnificent than the one on floor 350. It's one of Tokyo's most popular sightseeing spots and really lets you take in the mega-metropolis of Tokyo to the fullest. Shaped like a sloped spiral, the Tembo Galleria will make you feel like you're walking on air!
5b. The View from Tembo Gallery
As the Tembo Galleria is 100 meters higher than the Observation Deck, you can see even further into the distance. It's an excellent photo spot that makes for great memories, so take your time and enjoy the stroll.
Please note that to go to Tembo Skydeck, you'll ride an elevator to Floor 445, where another elevator will take you up to Floor 450. To go back, you'll be taken to Floor 345, where you can return to Floor 350.
1,030 yen (18 and older) / 820 yen (12 – 17) / 520 yen (6 – 11) / 310 yen (4 – 5)
*The tickets can be bought on floor 350.
5c. To the Highest Point: SORAKARA POINT
The highest accessible part of Tokyo Skytree tower is called Sorakara Point at 451.2 meters. It acts as a kind of stage that creates an enigmatic, wonderful atmosphere just with glass and light.
5d. Looking Down: the Glass Floor at 340F!
To return to the ground, you’ll have to go to floor 345 where you’ll be taken down again. But before that, make sure to take another elevator to go to floor 340 – a real thrill awaits here! Look all the way to the ground through the glass floor to realize just how high up in the air you are!
6. Tokyo Skytree Restaurants: Enjoy a Meal at Sky Restaurant 634
If the height doesn’t make you queasy, why not enjoy a meal high up in the air? Sky Restaurant 634 can be found on Tembo Gallery’s floor 345. Savor creative cuisine that merges Edo's traditional tastes with contemporary French cuisine in an artistic attempt to capture the spirit of Edo!
7. Recommended Souvenirs
Head to the Tokyo Skytree Official Shop on floor 1 or 345 to buy a nice memento of your trip. A lot of original goods make for amazing presents and souvenirs, some quirky and some traditional. We especially recommend “monaka,” a traditional Japanese sweet made up of thin wafers filled with sweet red bean paste. They offer a wonderfully authentic taste of Japan without being too overwhelming.
The Tokyo Skytree Long Roll has been one of the landmark’s most popular souvenirs ever since its opening. The total length of the package is 63.4cm, one-thousandth of the actual Skytree tower! The soft, flavorful cake comes with plastic fork and knife shaped like the tree as well. It’s a fun, tasty souvenir that’ll bring a smile to everyone’s face.
8. Tokyo Skytree: The “Modern” to Asakusa’s “Traditional”
Tokyo Skytree is located in Oshiage, a neighborhood adjacent to the wonderfully traditional Asakusa and its Senso-ji Temple. Just one station or a scenic walk away, it is a great sightseeing spot especially after exploring Asakusa. Japan is known for its unique fusion between modern and old and nowhere is this so famously represented as at Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree tower.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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