Tokyo Skytree Viewpoint

Tokyo Skytree TV Tower. (634 meters)

The Tokyo Skytree, translated as “Sky Tree,” is a giant tower 634 meters high, replacing the outdated Tokyo Tower. Construction of the tower began on July 14, 2008 and took just under four years. The tower opened its doors to tourists on May 22, 2012. It is a giant mast that can be found in the Sumida district and can be seen from almost all of Tokyo. For many years before its opening in May 2012, Tokyo Skytree was a popular photography destination.

The cost of building the Skytree tower was about 750 million euros. Such an impressive amount was spent to make the structure stable during the numerous earthquakes in Japan. The TV tower also ranks second in the world when it comes to the tallest buildings in the world.

Skytree (東京 ス カ イ ツ リ ー) is a television tower and landmark in Tokyo. It is the central part of the Tokyo Skytree in the Sumida metropolitan area, near Asakusa. With a height of 634 meters (634 can be read as “Musashi”, the historical name of the Tokyo region), it is the tallest structure in Japan and the second tallest in the world at the time of its completion. At its base is a large shopping complex with the Sumida Aquarium.

View of Tokyo from the tower.

Tokyo Skytree 4

Tokyo Skytree has the best view of Japan’s capital city. The tower is very tall and has two special 360-degree panoramic observation decks.

Tembo Deck

The first observation deck is located at a height of 350 meters, which gives an excellent view. The Tembo Deck, the lower of the two decks, covers three levels with great views from all floors. The top floor has tall, wide windows and has one of the best panoramic views of the city. The middle floor has a gift store and Musashi Sky Restaurant. The bottom floor has a cafe and some glass panels on the floor from where you can see all the way to the base of the tower.

Tokyo Skytree 2

Tembo Gallery.

But the best view of Tokyo is from the second observation deck at 450 meters. The Tembo Gallery, dubbed “the world’s tallest bridge,” consists of an inclined spiral ramp that gains height in a circle around the tower. The steel and glass tube construction allows visitors to look down and dozens of kilometers into the distance, from the dizzying height of the tower.

In addition, there is an overhanging balcony that extends five meters around the tower and is made entirely of glass. This allows you to look straight down from 450 meters! So this is not a place for people who suffer from heights. This floor is officially located at 451.2 meters and is the highest point of the observation deck.

Tokyo Skytree 3

The view is unparalleled in Tokyo both during the day and in the evening. We can advise you to start your Tokyo tours from the Skytree Tower. The high altitude will give you an idea of how the city works and can help you navigate the giant metropolis.

Harajuku District in Tokyo

Visit Skytree early in the morning or late in the evening. Only a limited number of people are allowed on the viewing platforms, so be prepared for a small line. A visit to the highest platform costs about €30 per person and €15 for a child under 18.

Tokyo Skytree. Safety

About 1,500 earthquakes occur every year in Japan. Many of these earthquakes are too small in magnitude, but some have caused significant damage.

That’s why the Tokyo Skytree tower is attached to a frame that functions as a kind of hammock; it moves with it, dampening the ground’s vibrations. This makes Tokyo Skytree stable enough to withstand the strongest earthquakes.

TV and radio channels in Tokyo Skytree.

The most modern TV tower broadcasts radio and television to all of Tokyo. Major TV channels such as NHK General TV, NHK Educational TV, Nippon Television, TV Asahi, Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, TV Tokyo, and Fuji Television are housed here.

In addition, Skytree broadcasts NHK Radio 1 Tokyo, NHK Radio 2 Tokyo and NHK FM. In the past, almost all of these channels were broadcast through the orange Tokyo Tower. The taller and more modern Skytree has a much wider range and can also broadcast the higher frequencies needed for digital television.

Opening hours and entrance fees

The entrance to Tokyo Skytree is on the 4th floor of Tokyo Skytree Town, It is also a 20-minute walk across the Sumida River from Asakusa.

A visit to Tokyo Skytree begins on the 4th floor, where tickets are sold for the first viewing platform (but not the second). A quick and smooth elevator ride will take visitors to the top floor of the first observation deck, where tickets to the second observation deck can be purchased. Visitors then gain access to the second deck and descend back down to the lower floors of the first observatory, where they take the elevator to the tower exit on the 5th floor.

“The Sky Tree” is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (you can enter until 9 p.m.) all days of the year, including holidays. There are two types of tickets available.

Same Day Ticket.

Same day tickets can be purchased at the 4th floor box office. On busy days (usually when the wait time exceeds one hour), visitors will be assigned a 30-minute interval during which they can enter. On very busy days, same-day tickets may be sold out (maximum 10,000 per day).

Skytree Ticket.

Skytree Fast Tickets are a special type of ticket available only to foreign tourists (and Japanese accompanying foreign tourists). They are more expensive than regular tickets, but allow holders to skip the line and climb the tower without waiting. Tickets are sold at a separate ticket booth on the 4th floor. A passport is required at the time of purchase.

On Your Own Journey to Japan

Walking the Tokyo Sky Tree

While the New Year’s vacations are still underway, I would like to recall and share with you some great moments from 2015. What were the highlights of the past year? Of course, the brightest and most intense one was the trip to Japan in June 2015.

And although it was a working visit, in any free time I, of course, tried to see the sights of Japan, learn something new, enjoy Japanese cuisine. So during our stay in Tokyo I couldn’t help but visit a new attraction of the capital – “Tokyo Sky Tree” or Tokuo Sky Tgee . In Japanese it is written as 東京スカイツリー.

Why am I writing a new one? Because they opened the Tokuo Sky Tree TV Tower in Tokyo not too long ago, in May 2012. So it was only 3 years old at the time of my visit. I left Japan at the end of July 2011, so I could not visit the Tokuo Sky Tree, I only watched its construction. That’s why I really wanted to visit it during a business trip in 2015.

So the Tokuo Sky Tree is the tallest TV tower in the world at the moment. And the second tallest structure in the world. The Tokyo Sky Tree is located in the Sumida district of Tokyo.

The height of the TV tower together with the antenna is 634 meters. This is almost twice as high as the long-known and popular Tokyo TV Tower (its height is easily remembered – 333 meters). It is noteworthy that the height of the new TV Tower was chosen so that the numbers: 6 (in old Japanese “mu”), 3 (“sa”), 4 (“si”) were consonant with “Musashi”. This was the name of the historical area where present-day Tokyo is located. Which once again confirms the passion of the Japanese for numerology :)

Construction of the tower began in July 2008 and was completed on February 29, 2012. While the new TV tower was under construction, it was called the “New Tokyo Tower. But from April to May 2008 a competition was held on the Internet and the new name “Tokyo Sky Tree” was chosen.

The official opening of the Tokyo Sky Tree was May 22, 2012. At that time I saw on TV and in the news a huge stir and long lines of people who wanted to visit the tower. My students, who were still in Tokyo at the time, told me that they had to reserve tickets months in advance. It seems that many Japanese people, tourists, and visitors to Tokyo wanted to climb the highest television tower in the world so badly that they were not afraid of the long waiting time and long lines :).

Asakusa district in Tokyo

One of my students booked a ticket to the Tokuo Sky Tree in advance and visited it just a few days after its opening. In the summer of 2012 he was on a trip to Moscow and we met him, so to speak, to talk about life. And he very well brought me a souvenir from Tokyo – it turned out to be a key chain in the form of Tokuo Sky Tree, which I now gladly walk around with, remembering my attentive student. It’s so interesting that I got the souvenir of Tokyo Sky Tree 3 years earlier than I have been there myself :)

The Tokyo Sky Tree is used for digital television and radio broadcasting, mobile telephone communications and navigation systems. Note that the architects came up with the idea and built not just a TV tower, around it the whole city, which is called Tokyo Sky Tree Town.

In the “sky town” opened a huge shopping mall Tokyo Solamachi with hundreds of boutiques, market, restaurants, an aquarium, planetarium, theater, planted cherry trees and red pines. Moreover, this town has two stations on its territory, one of which is called Tokyo Sky Tghee.

Some might say it’s a huge Tokyo Sky Tree Town, especially the shopping mall near the Tokyo Sky Tree TV Tower-it’s clever marketing, and I think that’s certainly present, too. But on the other hand, having a variety of entertainment concentrated in one place is convenient. For example, it’s possible that someone won’t go to the oceanarium or planetarium purposefully, especially if you understand that you won’t have to walk and wander inside for so long, it’s not always reasonable to drive about an hour from the other end of the city for the fish.

And it is quite another matter when several interesting places and entertainment are in one place: from a trip only to one museum for a couple of hours, visiting a famous attraction turns into a good way to spend a whole day in a rich and interesting way. And, by the way, it’s a good idea of a place and time for a date :)

We unfortunately couldn’t do that in June 2015, as I came to Tokyo Sky Tree Town in the evening just wanting to see Tokyo at night, but another time, with a whole day to spare, I think it would be quite possible to “hang out” in the “sky town” for a whole day.

But of course it wasn’t the Tokyo Sky Tree Town that was my main interest, as I think it was for most visitors to the Tokyo Sky Tree. The main attraction of the Tokyo Sky Tree Tower itself are the two observation decks at the height of 350 and 450, each with several floors. From these observation decks everyone gets a bird’s-eye view of the capital of Tokyo. The view from there is truly breathtaking.

Shinjuku in Tokyo

The first place we actually visited was called Tembo Deck. This platform is located at a height of 350 meters and is designed in the form of three separate levels, each of which has panoramic glazing.

The topmost tier of the Tembo Deck is made as a circular deck with access to all the windows, which allows for a full 360 degree panorama. The other levels are occupied by different restaurants, cafes and souvenir stores, so you can’t see the full panorama of Tokyo.

And on the lowest level of Tembo Deck there is something for those who are not afraid of heights and want an adrenaline rush – there are sections of transparent glass floor. Not everyone can walk on them. I’m not afraid of heights in enclosed space, so I wandered on the glass floor, and even shooting video, I can even say with pleasure :)

The view of night Tokyo from Tembo Deck was of course very beautiful. I took a lot of great pictures from the Tokyo Sky Trek that you can see in this blog.

At an altitude of 450 meters there is a second platform Tembo Galleria, which you can get after buying a separate ticket in a separate elevator that runs between the sites. This second vantage point is said to be the highest vantage point in the world.

But as I mentioned above, I had enough of an experience at the first lookout point, so I didn’t go here (at least this time). Maybe next time I will visit Tokyo Sky Tree during the day and go to Tembo Galleria.

The Tokyo Sky Tree Tower is not accessible from the first floor, but only from the 4th floor of Tokyo Sky Tree Town. It is on the 4th floor of the town that the ticket office is located for those who are not in a group. There you can buy a ticket for the Tembo Deck. For the second Tembo Gallery site, you can buy a ticket at the Tembo Deck site.

I wouldn’t say ticket prices are cheap, but you can afford it for the sake of a great view of Tokyo. An adult ticket to the first platform at Tembo Daek costs 2,060 yen (about 1,000 rubles at today’s exchange rate). If you plan to go to the upper platform as well, you have to shell out another 1,030 yen (about 500 rubles). There is a flexible system of discounts for children and the disabled. For example, a ticket to Tambo Deck for children aged 6 to 11 costs 930 yen. By the way, you can reserve tickets in advance on the official website, see here. All other rates are also available there.

Tokyo Sky Tree as well as Tokyo Sky Tree Town are open to visitors from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, seven days a week.

Odaiba Island in Tokyo

The official website of Tokyo Sky Tree:

By the way, on the official website you can find a guide to the tower in 17 different languages, including Russian (thanks to the organizers, it means they want Russian-speaking tourists and guests to come there too, which is certainly pleasing).

You can get to Tokuo Sky Tree by taking the Tobu SkyTree line to Tokyo Sky Tree station and the Asakusa, Hanzomon, Keisei Oshiage subway lines. From Narita Airport, the Keisei line is convenient.

There are also several direct buses to Tokyo Sky Tree from Tokyo Station, from Ueno Station, from Tokyo Disney Land Park, and from Haneda Airport.

And if you are going to visit the Asakusa area and like to walk, then the ideal option is to walk around Tokyo along the Sumidagawa River directly from Asakusa. Don’t worry, you won’t lose your way – there will always be a landmark in front of you that is visible from almost all points of the city – the Tokyo Sky Tree Tower itself.

If you have not been to Japan yet, then I hope that you will definitely visit it and see its capital, Tokyo, and by all means look at the city from a bird’s eye view from the highest TV tower in the world – the Tokyo Sky Tree.

And if you do not have the opportunity to go there, look at my photos of Tokyo Sky Tree and make a wish to visit it in person. I believe that sincere wishes always come true! For example, when I received a souvenir from my student, I also wished to visit the Tokyo Sky Tree in person someday, and my wish, as you see, came true!

Well, I, in my turn, promise to give my full support to those, who are planning to go to study in Japan. And I remind you that I am currently accepting applications for short-term courses from 1 to 3 months, which start in April 2016. I am accepting applications for these courses until the end of February. Don’t miss the chance to combine business with pleasure – to improve your Japanese language skills and see the spring blooming cherry blossoms! By the way, a trip to Japan through the training in a language school is often cheaper than a tour in a travel company.

If you are planning to go to a Japanese university and find a job in Japan, I recommend to think about a long-term program of Japanese language learning. We are now accepting documents for the long-term program “1 year and 9 months”, which begins in July 2016. We accept documents for these courses until mid-March, but it is better to prepare everything by the end of February.

If you have any questions, please email me at If you have difficulty choosing a language school, I will be happy to help you choose the right course and Japanese school.

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