At 634 meters tall, the world’s tallest tower has been completed near Asakusa, one of Tokyo’s famous spots. The question on everyone’s mind is, what is it like inside? And in search of a quick answer, we got permission to take a peek in the tower before its official opening date. 50 seconds of pure thrilling excitement inside Japan’s fastest elevator took us up all the way to the 350 meter Tokyo Sky Tree Observation Deck in the wink of an eye. Getting off the elevator, we were hit right away with the absolutely incredible view of Tokyo spreading out before our very eyes. Turning around 360 degrees in the Observation deck, you can see every nook and cranny of the fabulous city of Tokyo just as if you could reach out and touch it. And apparently Mount Fuji is also visible on a clear day. This spacious Observation Deck can hold up to two thousand people, and is outfitted with facilities like a restaurant and café area for visitors who want to spend time taking in the sights in a casual setting. The glass floor segment that lets you really experience the thrill of being 350 meters in the air is sure to be a popular feature of the Observation Deck. Not for those with a fear of heights!
From here you can go up another hundred meters to the 450 meter tall Tokyo Sky Tree Observation Corridor. This Observation Corridor packs a big surprise! It’s like you have suddenly been transported to a sky realm. Are you familiar with the fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk? Jack’s beanstalk grows and grows until it reaches higher than the clouds, and when Jack climbs up it, he comes to a world that exists above the clouds. Standing in the Observation Corridor, you will feel as if you have become Jack and have come to a magical world above the clouds. True to its name, the Observation Corridor features a wide open view that lets you fully experience the sky-world as you stroll along its gentle corkscrew-shaped upward slope. This area has a view of the Pacific Ocean spreading out from the Boso Peninsula, approximately 75 kilometers out. This is definitely a thrilling sight you should come see for yourself.
The design of the 634 meter high Tokyo Sky Tree Tower is a blending of modern design and tradition Japanese form that skillfully employs the most advanced in technological developments. A main representative of this is the three leg structure of Tokyo Sky Tree in contrast to the four leg approach taken by the Eifel Tower of Paris and Tokyo Tower. A three leg base takes up less space and is solid structurally as well. Imagine a camera tripod. And as the triangular structure travels upward, it transforms into a circular tower shape. This structure features a unique Japanese curve design called “sori and mukuri” (inward and outward curves), a characteristic seen in traditional Japanese architecture like temple and shrine architecture. The curve is reminiscent of a Japanese samurai sword curve, and it gives the tower a beautiful design with a strong structure and shape
Living up to its name, Tokyo Sky Tree is like a giant tree growing up into the sky right in the middle of the city of Tokyo. It is a symbol of dreams and hope. And underneath this gigantic tree is a commercial district that has been dubbed “Tokyo Solamachi” (Tokyo Sky Town) as well as a complex that houses a planetarium that will take you on an exciting trip amongst the stars and a sea-life aquarium. We guarantee an exciting experience of a new world brimming with the wonders of nature outside anything you are used to in your daily life.
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (scheduled)
2-min by the Tobu Sky Tree Line from Asakusa Station to Tokyo Sky Tree Station, or about 15-min walk from Asakusa Station.
Take the JR Sobu Line Rapid from Tokyo Station to Kinshicho Station. Transfer to the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line at Kinshicho Station and get off at Oshiage (Sky Tree-mae) Station and about 16-min walk from the station.
Take the Keisei Narita Airport Line (Narita SKY ACCESS Line) from Narita Airport to Oshiage (Sky Tree-mae) Station which takes 59- min by direct train.
Getting into the tower
Right now Tokyo Sky Tree is incredibly popular in Japan. Tickets to enter are not easy to find. Because of this, entrance is only allowed by reservation until July 10, 2012.
Entering before July 10, 2012
The best way is to reserve a package tour offered by a Japanese travel agency with a Tokyo Sky Tree option included or use a stay-over plan that comes with Tokyo Sky Tree entrance.
Entering after July 10, 2012
Purchase a same-day entrance ticket directly at the Tokyo Sky Tree 4th Floor Ticket Counter, located on the premises.