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Tokyo Skytree

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

1-chōme-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0045, Japan

Opening Hours

10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

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"Visit Tokyo Skytree later in the evening to avoid the crowds and enjoy a breathtaking sunset over Tokyo's skyline. For an added local experience, grab a sweet treat from the nearby Solamachi shopping center to enjoy during your visit."

What is Tokyo Skytree?

The Tokyo Skytree is not merely a TV broadcasting tower; it's a colossal architectural marvel that pierces the skyline of Tokyo, Japan. It stands proudly over the city as a symbol of innovation and modernity. Rising to a staggering height of 634 meters, it holds the title of the tallest tower in the world, and the second tallest structure after the Burj Khalifa. With two observation decks offering panoramic views and a vertiginous look down through a glass floor, the Skytree has become a magnet for both sightseers and adrenaline seekers alike.

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Designed with a neo-futuristic style, the Skytree is not just a feast for the eyes from outside but a treasure trove of entertainment and culture housed within. Here, you can marvel at the tower's exterior, which at night, is illuminated with LED lights that cycle through the "Iki" sky blue and "Miyabi" purple themes, representing Edo period elegance. A visit to the Skytree is to encounter the heart of Tokyo’s technological prowess and its deep-rooted cultural heritage.

History of Tokyo Skytree

The story of the Tokyo Skytree began in 2008 when construction kicked off to provide a new broadcasting tower for the Kanto region, replacing the aging Tokyo Tower. The Tokyo Skytree was specifically designed to transmit digital broadcasting signals, as the older Tokyo Tower could no longer provide complete digital terrestrial television broadcasting coverage due to its height being overshadowed by surrounding high-rise buildings. With its completion in February 2012, the Tokyo Skytree not only solved these technical difficulties but also became a new beacon for broadcasting in Japan.

The choice of its precise height, 634 meters, is significant and memorable; in Japanese, the numbers 6-3-4 can be read as "Mu-Sa-Shi," which is an homage to the historic Musashi Province that used to encompass Tokyo and several surrounding regions. Its design was inspired by the traditional Japanese concept of 'sori and mukuri,' curves that have been used since ancient times in Japanese architecture, giving the Skytree a distinct curvature that makes it resistant to earthquakes.

Why is Tokyo Skytree Important?

Tokyo Skytree's importance lies not only in its role in telecommunications but also as a cultural icon. It helped reinvigorate the surrounding area of Sumida, which faced an economic downturn before the tower's construction. By drawing millions of visitors each year, it has had a positive impact on local businesses and tourism. Additionally, it's become a symbol of Japan's recovery from natural disasters, particularly with its earthquake-resistant features that showcase the country's technological advancement and resiliency.

Moreover, the Tokyo Skytree is important for its contributions to the city's aesthetics. Its lighting design, which leverages the latest LED technology, is not only energy-efficient but also changes with the seasons and special events, adding to the vibrancy of the city’s nightscape. The tower seamlessly integrates into Tokyo's continuous drive for modernization, while its nod to historical provinces and architectural traditions ensures that it remains deeply linked to the country's past.

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Things to Do & See at Tokyo Skytree

Visitors to the Tokyo Skytree can embark on a journey to the Tembo Deck, located at 350 meters, which provides a stunning 360-degree view of Tokyo. If you dare, step onto the glass floor panels and gaze straight down to the base of the tower. But the adventure doesn't stop there; you can ascend even further to the Tembo Galleria at 450 meters, to experience the “Sorakara Point,” the highest skywalk in Japan, offering even more breathtaking vistas.

Around the base of the Tower is Tokyo Solamachi, a shopping and entertainment complex with over 300 shops and restaurants that offer a variety of Japanese and international cuisine, as well as unique local souvenirs. There's also an aquarium and a planetarium for those who wish to make the most of their visit with educational and family-friendly activities. For cultural enthusiasts, at the foot of the Skytree is the Sumida Aquarium and the Postal Museum Japan, which delve into aquatic life and the fascinating history of the postal service in Japan.

When the cherry blossoms bloom, you can enjoy sakura season at Sumida Park, located nearby, with the Skytree in the background. It's an ideal spot for hanami, the traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers. Did you know that the Tokyo Skytree hosts various seasonal events throughout the year? From its annual Christmas market to its Tanabata Festival decorations, there's always something special that coincides with your visit, crafting an unforgettable memory tied to the wonders of Tokyo and the allure of its Skytree.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Tokyo Skytree?

The Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting and observation tower in Tokyo, Japan. It is the tallest structure in Japan and the second tallest in the world at the time of its completion. The tower offers panoramic views of the city from its observation decks.

How tall is the Tokyo Skytree?

The Tokyo Skytree is approximately 634 meters tall, making it one of the tallest towers in the world.

What can you do at the Tokyo Skytree?

Visitors can ascend to the observation decks for breathtaking views, dine in the tower's restaurants, shop in the adjacent shopping mall, and enjoy the various facilities within the Tokyo Skytree complex.

Is there a best time to visit the Tokyo Skytree?

The best time to visit the Tokyo Skytree is on a clear day for the best visibility. Early morning or late afternoon times are often recommended to avoid crowds. Additionally, nighttime visits offer a view of Tokyo's city lights.

Are there any special events at Tokyo Skytree?

Tokyo Skytree hosts various seasonal events and light-up displays throughout the year, enhancing the experience of visitors with unique themes and decorations.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

1-chōme-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0045, Japan

Opening Hours

10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Varies

Find it on google maps