What is Tokyo Skytree?The Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting tower in Sumida which broadcasts 9 television channels and 5 radio stations. It was also designed to house two observation decks for visitors to enjoy! It’s been the tallest structure in Japan since 2010, and, at 2080 feet (634 meters), is the second tallest building in the world following the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The observation decks are called the Tembo Deck, 350 meters high, and the Tembo Galleria, which is 450 meters high. Both offer incredible views of the city, and on a clear day, you can even see as far as Mount Fuji.
What’s the difference between the Tembo Deck and the Tembo Galleria?The Tembo Deck is 100 meters lower than the Tembo Galleria and is also much busier since the tickets are cheaper. The deck has 3 floors: the top floor has large windows and offers the best views of the city, the middle floor has a souvenir shop and a restaurant that serves French-Japanese cuisine, and the lower floor has a café where you can enjoy the view with a cup of coffee and a snack.
Is the Tembo Galleria worth the extra cost?It depends. It’s fun to be able to say you’ve been as high up as it’s possible to go in Tokyo, and you might get to see more of the Kanto region from the higher deck, especially on a clear day. Plus, as it’s a more expensive ticket, the Galleria tends to be less crowded, so you’ll have more space to take photos. However, if you’re interested in the view of Tokyo, you won’t find yourself able to see anything extra from higher up. There aren’t any extremely tall buildings close to the Skytree, so the view from the Tembo Deck isn’t obstructed in any way. Having said that, if you book online you can find some great deals that include the Tembo Galleria, and might even work out cheaper than tickets to the lower deck bought on the day.
How long will a trip to the Tokyo Skytree take?It depends on how much you enjoy looking at views! From the elevator ride onwards, most people spend between one and two hours enjoying the view from either one or both observation decks. However, if you’re planning on eating lunch at the top then you might want to schedule in around three hours instead.
What things can you do or see near the Tokyo Skytree?There are lots of things to do in the building at the foot of the Tokyo Skytree! Tokyo Skytree Town includes dozens of restaurants and shops, plus the Sumida Aquarium and the Konica Minolta Planetarium where you can lie back and look at the stars at any time of the day. There’s also the Postal Museum, where you can learn about the history of Japan’s post office. Tokyo Skytree is also reasonably close to Sensō-ji, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple, so you might want to visit both sights on the same day.