Access : Oshiage(Skytree) Station(Keisei Oshiage Line, Asakusa Subway Line, Hanzomon Subway Line), Tokyo Skytree Station (Tobu Isesaki Line), 1minutes to Tokyo Skytree by walk.
Hours : 10:00 to 20:00 (entry until 19:00)
Admission : First observatory: 2100 yen (weekdays), 2300 yen (weekends and holidays)
Both observatories: 3100 yen (weekdays), 3400 yen (weekends and holidays)
The Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) is a television broadcasting tower and landmark of Tokyo. It is the centerpiece of the Tokyo Skytree town in the Sumida City Ward, not far away from Asakusa. With a height of 634 meters (634 can be read as “Musashi”, a historic name of the Tokyo Region), it is the tallest structure in Japan and the second tallest in the world at the time of its completion. A large shopping complex with an aquarium is located at its base.
The highlight of the Tokyo Skytree is its two observation decks which offer spectacular views out over Tokyo. The two enclosed decks are located at heights of 350 and 450 meters respectively, making them the highest observation decks in Japan and some of the highest in the world.
Tembo Deck, the lower of the two decks is 350 meters high and spans three levels with great views from all of its floors. The top floor features tall, broad windows that offer some of the best 360 degree panoramic views of the city. The middle floor has a souvenir shop and the Musashi Sky Restaurant, which serves French-Japanese fusion cuisine, while the lowest floor features a cafe and some glass panels on the ground from where you can look all the way down to the base of the tower.
A second set of elevators connects the Tembo Deck to the 450 meter high Tembo Galleria. Dubbed “the world’s highest skywalk”, the Tembo Galleria consists of a sloping spiral ramp that gains height as it circles the tower. The construction of the steel and glass tube allows visitors to look down from the dizzying height of the tower and out over the Kanto Region to spectacular distances.
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.
The entrance to the Tokyo Skytree is on the 4th floor of Tokyo Skytree town, which spans the area between Tokyo Skytree Station (formerly known as Narihirabashi Station) on the Tobu Isesaki Line, and Oshiage Station on the Asakusa Subway Line, Hanzomon Subway Line and Keisei Oshiage Line. Alternatively, it is a 20 minute walk across the Sumida River from Asakusa.
Horikiri AYA House
Address : 4-13-5, Horikiri, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
Access : Horikirishobuen Station (Keisei Main Line), 2 minutes from the station to Horikiri AYA House by walk.
It takes 15 minutes from Horikiri AYA House to Tokyo Skytree by train.
Yotsugi AYA House
Address : 1-4-8, Yotsugi, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
Access : Yotsugi Station (Keisei Oshiage Line), 2 minutes from the station to Yotsugi AYA House by walk.
It takes 5 minutes from Yotsugi AYA House to Tokyo Skytree by train.