Tokyo Skytree

The tallest structure in Japan! It was completed in 2012 and I finally got to check it out in 2014. I read somewhere that Tokyo Skytree is currently the tallest tower in the world, at a height of 2,080 ft. This is Tokyo Tower‘s evolution, it’s like Magikarp (Tokyo Tower) evolving into Gyarados (Tokyo Skytree).

The tower is the primary television and radio broadcast site for the Kantō region; the older Tokyo Tower no longer gives complete digital terrestrial television broadcasting coverage because it is surrounded by high-rise buildings. Skytree was completed on 29 February 2012, with the tower opening to the public on 22 May 2012.[6] The tower is the centrepiece of a large commercial development funded by Tobu Railway and a group of six terrestrial broadcasters headed by NHK. Trains stop at the adjacent Tokyo Skytree Station and nearby Oshiage Station. The complex is 7 km (4.3 mi) north-east of Tokyo Station.Wikipedia

When visiting Tokyo Skytree, I suggest going as soon as they open because the lines can get pretty long later in the day. The wait is usually 5-10 minutes in the morning and about 70 minutes to 3 hours later in the afternoon. A lot of people are always catching an opportunity to watch the sunset at the top, and enjoy the night sky with the city lights on the observation deck. There are two observation decks, the lower deck has the best view for taking photos of the city, and the top deck is just high. Too high to take photos, but not a bad view of the sky.

There are lots of shops and restaurants to browse from after your trip from the observation deck. Make sure you go to the 2nd floor because it is filled with food and sweets! I bought a few things like, matcha cake, mochi balls, bake cheesecake, melon pan, and a peach pie. That was lunch…

If you feel like blowing some cash for a fancy dinner and an incredible city view at night, there is a restaurant called, Sky Restaurant 634, where you can reserve your seat and guarantees you an elevator pass without waiting in line and the view during your dinner.

A piece from 2014 Japan Trip Day 1 and 2014 Japan Trip Day 4.