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Published on 03.31.2016
Offering spectacular views of Tokyo and Japan’s most adored mountain, Mount Fuji, from the tallest point in the whole of the country, Tokyo Skytree is a must-see for visitors to the country. A very popular site for locals, as well as, for tourists, the tallest stand-alone communication tower in the world opened in May 2012. Standing at 634 metres tall, Tokyo Skytree offers two observatory decks to awe the beauty of modern landscape.
Owing to its popularity, Tokyo Skytree is bustling with visitors and long queues. To deal with the large number of visitors, tickets are issues with half-hour time frames which inform visitors when they can queue to buy tickets. After buying the tickets, visitors then queue again to get on the lift. Tickets for the first observatory are bought on the fourth floor, while the tickets for the second observatory can only be purchased at an extra fee once you arrive at the firs observatory.
However, if time is short and you are a foreigner, then there is a special lane available just for you. This is as from a different ticket counter foreigners or locals accompanying foreigners can purchase fast-track tickets. Although these tickets are pricier than the normal ones, fast-track ticket holders can swiftly walk past the queues and head straight to the lifts (to take advantage of this special service, don’t forget to bring along your passport).
While on the lift, as the rises, the announcer will inform passengers how high they are in the sky. The first stop will be on floor 350, which is named so after how high the floor is from the ground (350 metres). This is where the first observatory is located and consists of three floors. The bottom two floors consist of souvenir shops, restaurants and cafes, while the top floor is the place for viewing the remarkable sights of Tokyo’s skyline and beyond. From this floor, visitors can purchase another ticket to visit the second observatory, on floor 450 (which is stands for 450 metres). This journey will take place via a glass lift, which as it rises higher presents futuristic spaceship-like scenes as the surrounding buildings, cars and people become even more miniature.
Although Tokyo Skytree at first glance seems very futuristic, almost as if one is walking inside a spaceship, one its most cherished aspects is the incorporation of traditional Japanese architectural designs into the building. The best time for observation is after sunset when every apartment, office and street is lit up against the darkness of the sky forming something like a very bright starry sky on the face of the earth.
Opening hours: 08:00-22:00 (last entry before 21:00)
Prices: First Observatory ¥2060, Second Observatory an extra ¥1030
FastTrack Prices: Fast Skytree Single Ticket ¥3000, Fast Skytree Combo Ticket ¥4000 (Note: For foreigners or those accompanying foreigners only. Passport required)
Address: 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Source: Japan in HD (Youtube)