Tokyo Skytree - Japan's Tallest Tower

Tokyo Skytree is the tallest structure in Japan with 634 meters (2,080 feet). It was designed as a landmark to attract tourists. It is also considered the tallest transmission tower in the world. In this article, we will see some details and curiosities about this giant from Tokyo.

features of skytree

Tokyo SkyTree dominates the Tokyo skyline and can be seen from across the city. As well as the Mount Fuji, Skytree can suddenly appear on the horizon on a clear day from remarkable distances.

Tokyo Skytree - the tallest tower in Japan

Its dynamic lighting is often a theme for parties and events. On a clear day, you can see Tokyo from its observation deck, which is 350 meters high. You can see from higher, accessing the gallery that is 450 meters high.

Skytree also has a glass floor area. There is a restaurant and cafe on the 350 meter level. THE Tembo Gallery is the highest place that a tourist can reach the tower, which is exactly 451.2 meters high.

Tokyo Skytree - the tallest tower in Japan

This isn't Tokyo's only observation deck or skyscraper. There are several buildings and towers, some are even free.

Construction and origin of SkyTree

Tokyo SkyTree is located in the Sumida region and was built to replace the Tokyo Tower, which was only 333 meters tall, and could no longer provide enough radio and Digital TV signal for the greater Tokyo region.

Tokyo Skytree - the tallest tower in Japan

The project was led by Tobu Railway and a group of six terrestrial broadcasters, headed by NHK. The opening took place on May 22, 2012. The cost of the work reached 65 billion yen, almost 3 billion reais.

The Tower has strong earthquake-proof features, including 100 tons of shock absorbers. According to Tobu, 1.6 million people visited Skytree in its first week of opening, and tickets sold out within the first 2 months.

Tokyo Skytree - the tallest tower in Japan

Tokyo Solamachi - At the Base of the Tower

A large shopping and entertainment complex known as Tokyo Solamachi is at the base of the tower. It has more than 300 shops and restaurants, a planetarium and an aquarium. The stores include several souvenir shops for international tourists. Tokyo Solamachi also has several squares and green spaces where you can admire the tower.

The Planetarium is called Konica Minolta Planetarium Tenku and is not one of the best in the country, while the Sumida Aquarium it is expensive and also far from the best in town. It seems these places were just made to pick up tourists visiting SkyTree who don't know the best spots.

Tokyo Skytree - the tallest tower in Japan

Not that the attractions of the aquarium or planetarium are weak, but they are expensive because of the location and it doesn't differ from most others. It may disappoint those with high expectations, but it can be a good option to enjoy the neighborhood and relax.

I think the best option for those who want to enjoy the trip to the tallest tower in Japan need to visit in Tokyo Solamachi the postal museum called The Postal Museum. The place is immense and offers a lot of historical information.

Tokyo Skytree - the tallest tower in Japan

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Buy Tickers for Skytree

Want to know how or where to buy SkyTree tickets? How much does it cost to climb the tower? Last time I visited they cost around 4000 yen to do the full tour from the 350 meter high deck and up to the 450 meter high gallery.

You can get it cheaper by buying at GetYourGuide, without having to queue. With this site you can buy tickets directly from your smartphone or computer, using your credit card, without having to wait in line. You can also book a tour with a guide and vehicle that includes the tour of the tower.

Just click on some of the options below to access the site and purchase your ticket or access ticket:

How to get to Tokyo SkyTree

Tokyo Skytree is directly connected to a station that bears its name, and also the station Oshiage. It's a 20-minute walk from Asakusa Station or a 25-minute walk from the Sensoji Temple. See your location on Google Maps.

Me plus my friends at 2016 trip we walked from the Tower to Ueno park, it was a long but satisfying walk. We went to Sensoji temple and enjoyed the beautiful city of Tokyo, we recommend doing the same.

The entrance to access the tower is on the fourth floor of Tokyo SkyTree Town. After descending from the tower, you can enjoy all of Tokyo Solamachi to shop at great stores or try local restaurants.

Tokyo Skytree - the tallest tower in Japan
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(The mall at the base of the Skytree) 

Tokyo SkyTree Videos

To finish the article, let's leave some spectacular videos of the giant SkyTree tower in Tokyo. If you liked the article, don't forget to share or leave your comments. Thank you very much and until next time!

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