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Tokyo Skytree stands at 634 meters high in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. It is almost twice as high as Tokyo Tower whi …

Tokyo Skytree stands at 634 meters high in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. It is almost twice as high as Tokyo Tower which stands at 333 meters. Tokyo Skytree is the highest structure in Japan and the second highest structure in the world after the Burj Khalifa. It is now the highest tower in the world. It is primarily a television and radio broadcast site for the Kanto region.

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The broadcasting tower has two main observation decks. The first observatory is at 350 meters with a capacity of up to 2000 people and the other one is at 450 meters with a capacity of 900 people and it features a spiral, glass-covered skywalk in which you ascend the last 5 meters to ‘sorakara point’ or the highest point. Sorakara-chan is the name of the Tokyo Skytree’s mascot. ‘Sora’ means sky, and ‘kara’ means from so the direct translation is ‘from the sky’.

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The stunning illumination of the tower at night is worth watching from anywhere in Tokyo. They illuminate the tower in two different ways; one is called ‘Iki’ and the other is ‘Miyabi’. Iki is the combination of indigo blue and white which represents the down-to-earth spirit of Edo commoners. Miyabi is the combination of royal purple and gold which represents the tower’s aesthetic sense that expresses elegance and dignity. Every year on January 1, numerous people (mostly locals) come to see and witness the first sun. It means the first rising sun of the year.

 

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It is strongly recommended to visit Tokyo Skytree when it’s not cloudy because you might not be able to see the far-reaching views from up above. On a bright sunny day, you will be able to see Mt. Fuji and the entire metropolitan clearly. The 360 panoramic view from the top is breathtaking especially to everyone who loves high places. It feels like you are on the top of the world and everything just seems so small. There’s a glass floor in which you can see the base of the tower from the top, don’t miss it!

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On the lower observatory deck, you can find the Skytree café, skytree shop and the sky restaurant. There are also shopping centers, restaurants, aquarium, planetarium, postal museum and offices at the tower’s base. The location is just a walking distance from the well-known Asakusa though it can be seen from several parts of Tokyo.

Station

Tokyo Skytree Station, Oshiage Station

Price

2,060 yen (regular price) ; 2,820 yen (fast ticket) ; additional 1,030 yen if you want to go to the upper observatory deck

Open

8:00~22:00