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The Amazing View From the Tokyo Skytree
The Tokyo Skytree has two observation decks and both of them are the highest in the whole world. The Tembo Deck is 350 meters high above the ground and has three floors that are protected by an enormous 5-meter multistory glass. The Tembo deck enables the guests to have a 360-degree panoramic view of the metropolis.
The Tembo Galleria is 450 meters high above the ground. This observation deck occupies the 445th floor to 450th floor and it is the highest point at 451.2 meters. It also has huge glass windows and a helical slope that gradually rises up to the summit. The summit is called the Sorakara Point and it uses LED lights and glass walls that will make guests feel like they are levitating. This is the only place where you can take photos while floating in the sky! Take note that there's an additional admission fee to get up to the second observation deck.
Not a fan of heights and skyscrapers? You'll at least admire the beautiful artworks scattered across the building. You'll find the Sumidagawa Digital Picture on the first floor. This 45-meter multimedia mural was a work by Teamlab and it's fascinating for both the intricate details and unorthodox animation. Another artwork inside the building is a replica of the folding screen Edo Hitome Zu Byobu. Originally created by Edo period artist Keisai Kuwagata, it might have been a work of his imagination but it bears an uncanny similarity to the view from the Skytree.
Tree Village is a paradise for people who love classic anime shows like Pokemon, Doraemon, and One Piece. It carries all sorts of merchandise like fancy toys, figurines, and even apparel. Rare Japanese-made ornaments will surely be a hit as a souvenir for all your family and friends back home.
With great company, fabulous decors, and excellent service, dining here is a moment that you will want to cherish forever. The Musashi Sky restaurant offers delicious meals and a breath-taking view from 345 meters above the ground. Infusing the French technique and Japanese flavors, the food will be as mesmerizing as the scenery. Mt. Fuji can even be seen on a clear day and the night scenes will be likewise pleasant on the eyes.
This man-made aquarium home to more than 10, 000 aquatic animals including spunky African black foot penguins, radiating jellyfish, and electric eels. Launched in 2012, it is located on the fifth and sixth floors of the shopping mall Tokyo Solamachi which is connected to the fascinating Tokyo Skytree. The Sumida aquarium is not that big, but it presents a spectacular collection of live marine inhabitants. The primary entertainment is the indoor open-pool aquarium where you can witness the special talent of fur seals and penguins. At night, the bar is open to serve a cocktail for you to drink while you roam around the Sumida aquarium.
How to Get Tickets?
For residents and students of Tokyo, the admission fee of the first observatory is set at 2060 yen, but there is an additional 1030-yen fee to obtain access to the upper observatory deck. For foreign tourists, the ticket price is 3000 yen for the Tembo deck and 4000 yen for the Tembo Galleria. Regular tickets can be bought at the ticket counter on the fourth floor and guests typically have 30-minute access to the decks. On very busy days, take note that there are only 10,000 tickets available and that these can get sold out very quickly. Skytree Fast Tickets are available on the site to foreign guests accompanied by a Japanese citizen.
How To Get Around?
Walking and getting to elevators are the only ways to get around the Tokyo Skytree.
What Should I Wear?
There is no prescribed dress code in the two observation decks. Try to avoid wearing high heels, especially if you experience altitude sickness. If you choose to dine in restaurants in the Tokyo Skytree, don't forget to wear casual cocktail attire.
Best Time to Visit
To avoid waiting in long lines, it is advisable to visit right before the sunset on weekdays. Stay until the night falls over the city if you wish to have an excellent view of the city.
How To Get There?
To get to Tokyo Skytree, travel by the Tubo Skytree line and descend at either Oshiage Station (Skytree East Yard) or Tokyo Skytree Station (Skytree East Yard). If you like to wander through the area, get off Asakusa station in the Tokyo Metro Ginza line and walk en route to Tokyo Skytree.
It's one of the tallest building in the world with a hi speed lift to the top. Those with acrophobia (irrational fear of heights) might experience a little bit dizziness, nausea or even vomiting. But views from the top is incredibly amazing and worth all those risks.