Tokyo (東京) Skytree is the tallest structure in all of Japan (日本) and ranked 2nd worldwide at 634 meters. It was finished not too long ago in 2012. The tower serves as television broadcasting as well as an observation deck of course.
The latter is what it’s famous for and attracts thousands of visitors each day. Besides the tower itself there is also a whole complex at the base of it which includes a spacious shopping center, a planetarium, an aquarium and multiple restaurants.
Tokyo Skytree's observation decks
Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) has two observation decks, one at 350 meters called the Tembo Deck and one at 450 meters which is called Tembo Gallery.
The one at 350 meters consists of three levels and has quite a lot to offer. A café decorates the lowest floor along with glass panels on the ground. These allow you to look down the massive height.
On the second floor you will find a classy restaurant serving French-Japanese cuisine which is called Sky Restaurant 634 (Musashi; Japanese reading of 634). To eat at this establishment, you need an advance reservation and a ticket to the Tembo Deck.
It’s not a destination for budget travelers (in which case I recommend coming to cheaper observation decks like Tokyo Tower for example) but I have heard good things about it. This is their website (English, reservations can be made online).
In addition to the restaurant, you can find a souvenir shop on the same level. The third level is solely for observing, offering a pleasant 360 degrees glass front, allowing great views to be enjoyed.
If you want to go even higher up to the 450 meter deck, you will have to purchase an additional ticket on the 350 meter one.
On the Tembo Gallery, the corridor is constructed spiraling upwards while giving a breathtaking view out of the many windows. The highest point of this deck is at 451.2 meters.
Once you arrive at Tokyo Skytree, you will find yourself on the 4th floor where tickets are sold. As mentioned before, you can only purchase the ticket for the 350 meter deck here.
Opening Hours & Admission Fee
- Opened every day from 8:00 to 22:00 (last entry at 21:00)
- There are no closing days throughout the year
- The prices are as follows:
- Tembo Deck (350 meters): 2,060 Yen (16€/$18; exchange rate as of December 2018)
- Tembo Gallery (450 meters): an additional 1,030 Yen (8€/$9)
- Foreign tourists (and Japanese people accompanying them) have the option to pay a surcharge to skip the waiting line and get in immediately (waiting time can be really long on busy days). The new total prices for this option are 3,000 Yen (23€/$26) for just the first deck and 4,000 Yen (31€/$35) for both.
- Keep in mind that there is a daily limit of 10,000 same-day tickets. On very busy days they can easily sell out.
How to get to Tokyo Skytree
Tokyo Skytree is located in the Sumida city ward which is very close to Asakusa (浅草).
If you’re already planning to visit Asakusa, I recommend walking to the Skytree. It’s a pleasant 20 minutes-walk alongside Sumida River.
From Tokyo Station:
Take the Marunouchi Line (red) to Otemachi Station and transfer to the Hanzomon Line (purple) and finally get off at Oshiage Station which is right next to Tokyo Skytree. It’s about 5 minutes of walking to reach the tower’s entrance. This way costs 200 Yen (1,55€/$1.79) and takes 25 minutes in total.
Alternatively, you can take a bus that leads directly to the Skytree. It takes slightly longer and costs 520 Yen (4,03€/$4.63). Two of these buses leave every hour.
Tokyo Skytree is without a doubt a spectacular sight and provides arguably the best view in all of Tokyo.
It does come with a price tag which is why it’s not number one for me. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative I recommend Tokyo Tower (under 1,000 Yen (7,75€/$8.93)) or the Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku (free).
Tokyo Skytree is nonetheless an amazing experience and definitely worth your money if you want to see Tokyo from as high as possible.
Waiting time can be quite harsh especially on weekends, so consider spending the surcharge for the fast ticket in order to save time (and nerves).
Be sure to combine a visit to the Skytree with nearby Asakusa! It’s one of the few areas in Tokyo where you can still feel a lot of tradition and an old-town vibe.
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