Tokyo Sky Tree

Attractions, Sightseeing Oshiage
Tokyo Sky Tree

The tallest freestanding tower in the world opened on May 22 of 2012, rising to a height of 634m over the Sumida-ku skyline. While its main function is as a broadcasting tower, offering considerably improved television reception, the Tokyo Sky Tree is also angling to become one of the capital's go-to tourist destinations. The area around its base is home to Tokyo Sky Tree Town, a complex boasting 310 shops and restaurants, plus designated school and office space. (Yes, a Sky Tree school...)

Families looking for a cheap day out might have to content themselves with Tokyo Tower for the foreseeable future: the total cost for an adult to visit the the Sky Tree's 450m observatory is a wallet-worrying ¥3,000, meaning that a family of four could end up paying as much as ¥10,600.


Venue name: Tokyo Sky Tree
Address: 1-1-13 Oshiage, Sumida-ku

Transport: Oshiage Station (Hanzomon, Asakusa lines)

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From my hotel room in Asakusa, I can see, towering in the distance at 634m, the Tokyo Sky Tree. A mere 5 minute walk from Oshiage station, you can’t get lost finding this giant needle in the haystack of Tokyo!

The queue wasn’t too long, approx. 45-50 mins at 10am. Well worth the wait if the weather is clear, you can see as far as the elusive Mount Fuji.

Far better views than Tokyo Tower, plan ahead for this one though (weather wise).