Tokyo Sky Tree, which opened in the spring of 2012, is a 634-meter-high tower with two observation decks.
It’s the Guinness World Records tallest radio tower in the world and the tallest structure in Japan, at twice the height of its predecessor the Tokyo Tower.
The first observation deck is called the Tembo deck floor and has three tiers 350m, 345m, and 340m above ground. It offers a 360-degree panoramic view and has a popular glass floor section.
For an additional fee, visitors can also enter the second deck, the Tenbou Galleria observation deck. It’s 445 meters above the ground and can give you an amazing view of the Tokyo region from above the clouds.
There are also cafes and restaurants on the observation deck where you can enjoy a meal while admiring the spectacular view.
Other facilities include the Sumida Aquarium, which is known for its unique exhibits, and the planetarium “Tenku”.
How To Purchase Tokyo SkyTree Tickets
A ticket is required to climb the Tokyo Sky Tree observation deck.
There are two decks: The Tenbo Deck and The Tmbo Galarria. The more expensive ticket includes all areas while the cheaper option only covers the Tembo Deck.
There are two types of tickets available: same-day tickets and tickets sold over the Internet.
Same day Tickets
Same-day tickets to the TEMBO DECK can be purchased at the Ticket Counter on the 4th floor.
The price is 2060 yen for adults, 1540 yen for junior and senior high school students, 930 yen for elementary school students, and 620 yen for children 4-5 years old.
Tembo Deck + Tembo Galleria
How To Pre-Purchase Tokyo Skytree Tickets Online
You can save money and skip the queues by purchasing your tickets online. This means that you don’t have to line up at the ticket counter and can scan a QR code to receive your entrance tickets.
You can buy tickets online at the Official Tokyo Skytree website or with a third party such as Klook.
Things To Know About Visiting The TokyoSkytree
Here are a few interesting things about visiting the Tokyo SkyTree
- You can see mount fuji on a sunny day
- There are many other shops and restaurants in the same building
- The last admission is at 8 pm
- The elevator takes just 50 seconds
- The tower’s color has been named Skytree white and is the lightest shade of traditional indigo-dyed products.
History of the Tokyo Sky Tree
Since its completion in 1958, Tokyo Tower supported Tokoites as a radio and television broadcasting tower
The iconic tower had long been loved as a symbol of Japan’s period of rapid economic growth, however, with the construction of skyscrapers in the surrounding area, problems arose that made it difficult for radio waves to reach the tower.
In 2000, the construction of a 600-meter class radio tower to replace the Tokyo Tower was planned.
The new tower was expected to serve not only as a radio tower but also as a catalyst for tourism to revitalize the local community.
The 634-meter-high radio tower opened in 2012 in Oshiage, Sumida-Ku, Tokyo and It has been certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s free-standing tallest tower.
- The Name SkyTree was selected over other suggested names including DreamTower Rising Tower, DreamTower, and Edo Tower
- The height of the actual tower is 634 meters with 6-3-4 able to be read in Japanese as Musashi which was the old historic name for Tokyo long ago
What to see and do at Tokyo SkyTree
Cherry blossom season is a great time to enjoy the collaboration of the Skytree and cherry blossoms.
The nearest station is Tokyo Skytree Station Oshiage Station, but sightseeing can also be done from Asakusa in about 20 minutes on foot as a set.
The view from the observatory during the day is breathtaking, but at night you can also enjoy a panoramic view of the Tokyo nightscape, making it a great place for a date!
In addition to the observatory, this is a spot where you can spend the whole day at the aquarium, shopping, and restaurants.
The Glass Floor
One of the most popular spots on Floor 340 is the glass floor.
Measuring 2m x 3m, you might struggle to walk over it if you are afraid of heights, but it’s beyond thrilling and quite terrifying to be able to see the landscape 340m below your feet!
Should I go to the Tembo Galleria?
The TEMBO Kairo is an observation deck characterized by a slope that wraps around the outer wall.
You can experience the highest aerial walk in Japan.
Many visitors to the Skytree wonder, “Should I go to the Tembo Galleria even if I have to pay an additional fee?”
The answer from us is “Yes! The TEMBO Galarria is a completely different experience from the Tembo Deck and since you’re there you may as well see it all.
The curved glass window of the TEMBO Kairo
This Tembo Galleria is characterized by its curved glass windows and the wide field of view that allows you to look down to your feet.
Walking along the TEMBO Kairo from Floor 445, you will arrive at the top floor, Floor 450, which has a maximum height of 451.2 meters.
The highest point at 451.2m is called Sorakara Point. An amazing space with light and glass that is is a must-see.
So we recommend getting the combined pass and visiting the two decks.
Taking some Great Photo on The Tembo Galleria
- The TEMBO Kairo is full of great photo spots, so if you like photography, this is the place for you!
- The structure of the TEMBO Kairo is such that light shines in from overhead, which makes it easy to take bright and beautiful photos.
- TEMBO Kairo (corridor of the sky) is full of good spots for taking pictures.
- On the TEMBO DECK, taking pictures with the glass windows in the background inevitably resulted in backlighting and darkness, but there was no need to worry about that here.
At “SKYTREE CAFE” on Floor 340, you can enjoy meals and drinks available only at Skytree.
The “Sorakara-chan Parfait is famous here. It looks cute and has a refreshing soda flavor.
If you place it on the glass table at the counter and take a picture, it will look as if the parfait is floating in the sky!
More Things In The Sky Tree
The observatory has a photo service where you can take commemorative photos and an official store where you can buy original goods.
There is also a café where you can take a break while enjoying the view, perfect for taking a break during your trip to Tokyo.
At night, the Sky Tree is decorated with daily lighting displays inspired by “chic,” “elegant,” and “banner” themes.
Splurge at Sky Restaurant 634 – Musashi
On Floor 345 of the TEMBO DECK, there is Sky Restaurant 634 where you can enjoy a meal while admiring the view from the upper floors.
The restaurant has a luxurious yet relaxed atmosphere. The dress code is smart casual, so leave the singlet and flip-flops back at the hotel.
It’s not cheap with Lunch courses starting from 6,000 yen, and dinner from 16,000 yen.
This restaurant is popular with Tokyoites for anniversary dates, birthday celebrations, and marriage proposals.
Tables are right next to the window so you can eat in style while enjoying spectacular views of Tokyo’s skyline.
The menu is a course only. There is a creative course of French cuisine with a Japanese touch, and a teppanyaki course in which the chef prepares the dish in front of you.
At night, the restaurant offers a panoramic view of the nightscape, creating a romantic atmosphere.
Note that Children under 10 years old are not allowed to enter the restaurant at night
3. “World Beer Museum, Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi” is a must for alcohol lovers!
Tokyo Skytree Town
Known as Tokyo SkyTree town this is the large building connected to the tower and Tokyo Skytree station. There are many restaurants, shops, an aquarium, and even a planetarium.
World Beer Museum
Staring at awe-inspiring panoramic views can be thirsty work so luckily the is a huge beer restaurant located on the restaurant floor of Tokyo Sky Tree Town.
In the restaurant, you can taste over 200 kinds of beer from all over the world, including craft beers and beers shipped directly from the region of origin.
The restaurant, one of the largest in the Asakusa, Ueno, and Tokyo areas, is recommended for those who are not impartial to the amber liquid.
Unique beers on tap include Franziskaner Weissbier with a sweet, banana-like fruity aroma and Brooks Zotto Blonde, a Belgian beer with a fruity aroma and a refreshing finish.
There is also an extensive snack menu, so enjoy comparing beers while savoring the food.
Solamachi Shopping Street
The Solamachi Shopping Arcade is located on the first floor of Tokyo Skytree town and stretches 120 meters from Solamachi Hiroba to Oshiage Station Square.
It’s lined with traditional craft stores, liquor stores, chopstick stores, accessory stores, and stores specializing in mochi (rice cakes).
You will feel as if you are walking around town, and it is a great place to look for souvenirs.
Most shops cater to international tourists and it is a great place to buy some gifts for the folks back home.
Above the second floor, there are more restaurants and shopping areas. The area is so large that you can get lost if you are not careful.
The aquarium is located on the 5th and 6th floors of Tokyo Solamachi. It features penguins kept in the largest indoor open pool tank in Japan, jellyfish, and goldfish.
Tenku: A Planetarium Kids and Adults
The Konica Minolta Planetarium “Tenku” is also in Tokyo Skytree Town. It’s on the 7th floor of East Yard in Tokyo Solamachi.
The high-tech planetarium is equipped with the latest 3D sound and light systems and can beautifully reproduce stars shining in the jet-black night sky.
It even features the intricate sounds of wind and waves with amazing realism.
- All seats recline. You can enjoy the starry sky in a relaxed posture.
- The most popular seats are the “Crescent Moon Seats” located in front of the dome.
- A store is located next to the entrance. The shop has many rare items related to space, stars, and the sky.
Name: Konica Minolta Planetarium “Tenku” in Tokyo Skytree Town
Tokyo Skytree Illumination
Tokyo Sky Tree is usually illuminated in three types of lighting.
Iki: Pale blue based on the image of the water of the Sumida River
Elegance: Edo purple theme, expressing sparkle and time like gold leaf
Nobori-nobori (banners): Precious orange, a color that has been considered good luck.
In addition to the above, there are special lighting events such as Valentine’s Day and Christmas, so you won’t want to miss them all year round!
It’s fun to compare the lighting of the Tokyo SkyTree on event days with the lighting of the entire year!
When you stop by, be sure to look up and see what kind of lights are on!
Other Observation Decks In Tokyo
The Tokyo Skytree is not the only show in town. There are a few other skyscrapers and tall buildings that also allow a great view of Tokyo and the expansive metropolis.
Other Observation decks In Tokyo
- Tokyo Tower
- Toky Metropolitan government building in Shinjuku has two observation decks (one in each building)
- Roppongi Hills Observation Decks
Access by train
Tobu Skytree Line: Tokyo Skytree Station is close by so it’s easy to travel to from most areas in the Tokyo area.
Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Subway Line: Short walk from “Oshiage (Skytree-mae)” station.
- Tobu Isesaki line
- Keisei Oshiage line
How to write Tokyo SkyTree in Japanese: 東京 スカイ ツリー
How to say Tokyo Skytree in Japanese: Toe-Kyow-Sky-tsu-lee
*Japan is currently open to international tourists on selected guided tours