Tokyo Skytree Tower is the world’s tallest tower. Standing at 634 meters high, the tower not only provides television and radio broadcast coverage, but also offers a restaurant and observation deck where visitors can catch a picturesque 360 degree view of Tokyo, and can even get a glimpse of Mount Fuji in the distance if the weather permits. As one of Japan’s top destinations for locals and tourist alike, be prepared to wait in a long line for tickets, but once at the top, you’ll now that it was all worth it.
I had a chance to visit the tower during my 4-day vacation traveling across Tokyo in August of 2014. I had just left the Senso-ji Temple area, and with the tower looming in the distance, began my trek towards it.
I distinctly remember being blown away by its massive heigh and I kept comparing its size to the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower in Shanghai, China, of which I was accustomed to seeing.
After snapping a few photos from a distance I finally arrived at the lively base of Skytree Tower, which was clustered with throngs of locals and tourists. There also was an event taking place recognizing a few middle aged Japanese women and plenty of booths setup with items for sell.
The line to purchase tickets was akin to trying to catch a ride on a popular amusement park ride at Disneyland; that is, it went on and on for about an hour’s time. Thankfully I had an MP3 player to keep me company!
At the top, the views of a densely packed Tokyo landscape were absolutely remarkable.
Apartments, small buildings, skyscrapers, rivers, and canals were riddled across the area as far as my eyes could see, along with a few patches of greenery and large open spaces.
And though jammed together, the cityscape looked very clean, neatly arranged and organized from up above.
In addition, located within the observation deck was a small glass floor area that allowed guests to peer down all the way to the ground. It was quite exhilarating.
My adventure at the Tokyo Skytree Tower in Tokyo, Japan was a fun experience and I highly recommend it for anyone visiting the “land of the rising sun.”
P.S. Make sure to visit Tokyo Skytree in the late afternoon and stay there to watch the sunset over Tokyo and the city light up for miles on out. It’s truly amazing!
To find out more about pricing, hours, and directions to Tokyo Skytree Tower, check the official website here.