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Built as a broadcast tower and opened to the public in 2012, Tokyo Skytree has quickly become a must-see attraction. The world's second-tallest structure behind the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai serves as a digital terrestrial broadcasting centre for Tokyo and the surrounding region. The public can ride up to the two observation decks and enjoy 360-degree views of Tokyo against the stunning back drop of Mount Fuji in the distance.
Worried about being up the tower in an earthquake zone? Its designers dismiss any concerns as interestingly, although the Skytree might be the height of modernity, it has a similar structure to a traditional pagoda. It makes use of a shinbashira, or central column. that acts as a stationary pendulum to counterbalance seismic waves. There are virtually no records of a pagoda toppling in Japan, some of which date back to the 17th century.
When you ride the high-speed elevator to Tembo Deck, the first observation deck at 350 metres, in addition to the stellar views, you can see a reproduction of a folding screen painting from Japan's feudal period. This represents what Edo, the old name for Tokyo, used to look like.
From here, you can pay an additional fee and ascend through a glass tube to Skytree Tembo Galleria. Perhaps not one for sufferers of vertigo – though you're unlikely to have made it this far if you do! Here you will find a walkway that spirals upwards around the tower to reach the ultimate observation height of 450 metres.
When you arrive back on solid ground, there are plenty of things to do. There’s a large shopping complex with more than 300 stores, restaurants and an aquarium and planetarium.
You can buy tickets for the lower observation deck in advance for a specific time and date via a Japanese website, but only if you have a Japanese credit card. Alternatively, same-day tickets can be purchased on the fourth floor of Skytree Town. If you want tickets for the Galleria level, these can only be bought on the Tembo deck. Tokyo Skytree has its own subway station and is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. This is the best way to get here, as cars are not encouraged.
There's no place anywhere on the planet quite like Tokyo Sky Tree. To help you make the most of your time here, we've put together a list of the top activities:
Check out our Tokyo things to do page to discover even more activities in the area.
Located in Sumida, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tokyo Solamachi and Tokyo Sky Tree. Kaminarimon and Asakusa Shrine are also within 1 mile (2 km). Oshiage Station and Tokyo Skytree Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Asakusa, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Ueno Park, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Dome. Tokyo Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower are also within 6 mi (10 km). Asakusa Station is 7 minutes by foot and Tawaramachi Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Sumida, this holiday home is steps away from Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Solamachi. Sensō-ji Temple and Kaminarimon are also within 1 mile (2 km). Tokyo Skytree Station is only a 2-minute walk and Oshiage Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Sumida, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Tokyo Sky Tree, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Sensō-ji Temple and Ueno Park. Tokyo Bay and Tokyo Dome are also within 6 mi (10 km). Kinshicho Station is 7 minutes by foot and Tokyo Kinshicho Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Sumida, this hotel is steps away from Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Solamachi. Sensō-ji Temple and Kaminarimon are also within 1 mile (2 km). Oshiage Station and Tokyo Skytree Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Sumida, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Tokyo Solamachi and Tokyo Sky Tree. Sensō-ji Temple and Kaminarimon are also within 2 miles (3 km). Oshiage Station is only a 4-minute walk and Tokyo Skytree Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Taito, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sensō-ji Temple and Ryogoku Kokugikan. Ameyoko Market and Ueno Park are also within 2 mi (3 km). Asakusa Station is only a 5-minute walk and Tawaramachi Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Sumida, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tokyo Sky Tree and Sensō-ji Temple. Ueno Park and Tokyo Imperial Palace are also within 6 mi (10 km). Tokyo Skytree Station is only a 4-minute walk and Honjo-azumabashi Station is 9 minutes.