Checking out Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー)

Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) is a television broadcasting tower and is one of the landmark of Tokyo. Located in the centre of Tokyo, Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) is situated not far from Asakusa. With the height of 634 meters, Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) is the tallest building in Japan and the second tallest structure in the world at time of completion. Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) has a large shopping complex and aquarium located at its base.

There is 2 observation decks in Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) which offers spectacular views out over Tokyo. The enclosed decks located at the height of 350 and 450 meters respectively, making them the highest observation decks in Japan.

The lower of the deck is known as Tembo Deck @ 350 meters high with a spans of three levels of great views that offers 360 degree panoramic views of the city of Tokyo. Restaurants and souvenir shops are available here.

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Tembo Gallery, located at 450 meter high is dubbed as “the world’s highest skywalk” which consists of a sloping spiral ramp which gains height as it circles the tower.

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At the top of the spiral ramp is a more conventional observation deck floor with lounging areas and tall windows from which to look out over Tokyo. This floor is officially located at 451.2 meters and constitutes the highest point of the observation decks.

How to get there :

The entrance of Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) is located on Level 4 of Tokyo Skytree Town, which spans the area between Tokyo Skytree Station and Oshiage Station.

Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) can also be reached by direct buses from Tokyo Station (30 minutes, 520 yen one way, 2 buses/hour), Ueno Station (30 minutes, 220 yen, 4 buses/hour), Tokyo Disney Resort (45-55 minutes, 720 yen, 1 bus/hour) and Haneda Airport (50-70 minutes, 920 yen, 1 bus/hour).

More information in preparation of visiting Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) : 

First observatory: 2060 yen (regular), 2820 yen (fast ticket)
Second observatory: additional 1030 yen
An additional 510 yen service fee is charged for time specific advance reservations.

Below are the various ways for individual travelers to visit the tower:

By same-day ticket
Same-day tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter on the 4th floor. On busy days (typically when the waiting time would exceed one hour), visitors will be assigned a 30 minute time slot during which they can enter. On very busy days, same-day tickets may sell out (there is a maximum of 10,000 per day).

By Skytree Fast Ticket
Skytree Fast Tickets are a special type of ticket available only to foreign tourists (and Japanese people accompanying foreign tourists). They are more expensive than regular tickets, but allow holders to skip the line and ascend the tower without waiting time. The tickets are sold at a separate ticket counter on the 4th floor. A passport is required at the time of purchase.

By prior reservation
Reservations can be made on the internet from two months before visiting date on a first-come, first-served basis. However, the online registration system is in Japanese only and limited to holders of credit cards issued in Japan, making it useless for most foreign tourists.

By travel plan
Some Japanese travel agencies are offering travel plans that include admission to the Skytree. Furthermore, a few hotels associated with the Skytree are selling accommodation plans in combination with an admission ticket, including the Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo, Courtyard Marriott Tokyo Ginza Hotel, Dai-Ichi Hotel Ryogoku, Asakusa View Hotel, Hotel East 21 Tokyo and Narita Tobu Hotel Airport.

With a restaurant reservation
Reservations for the Musashi Sky Restaurant on the lower observation deck secure diners admission tickets to the tower. Reservations can be made online (Japanese only, from 31 days in advance, starting at midnight) or by phone (03-3623-0634, between 10:00 and 18:00 on weekdays only, from one month in advance).

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