Tokyo Skytree

We recently took a trip to Tokyo for our summer vacation, and one of our first stops was Tokyo Skytree. At an impressive 634 meters (2,080 feet) tall, it was definitely a good starting point for the rest of our week in the city.

A Little Bit About Tokyo Skytree:

  • While the Burj Khalifa (828 m) in Dubai is listed to be the tallest building in the world, Tokyo Skytree was recognized in 2011 as the tallest free-standing tower in the world.
  • The tower was originally supposed to be 610 meters tall.
  • The color of the tower itself is known as “Skytree White,” an original color that represents harmony with the tower’s surroundings.
  • The design concept for the tower is: “The creation of city scenery transcending time: A fusion of traditional Japanese beauty and neo-futuristic design.”
  • At night, there are two main lighting designs that are featured: Iki and Miyabi.
  • Iki is the essence of “Kokoroiki,” which is the spirit of Edo commoners. This is represented by pale blue light that follows the motif of the waters of the Sumida River.
  • Miyabi, represents the more aesthetic aspect of the tower, and features purple and gold foil-like lights.

FAQ Information found here

Our Visit to Skytree:

Like most things in Japan, we had to wait in a long line to buy our tickets. You can reserve/purchase tickets to the Skytree Tembo Deck online, but you must have a Japanese credit card to take advantage of this option.

Fortunately for us, we didn’t have any issues buying our tickets – they only sell a maximum of 10,000 tickets per day and on busier days, tickets sell out fairly early. We waited in line for about an hour, and were able to go up to the Tembo Deck right away.

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

On the Skytree Tembo Deck, there is the option to buy tickets to go up to the Tembo Galleria, which is the very top level  (450 m). The tickets are $10, and definitely worth it for the views.

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

Because we went later in the day, we were also able to see the sunset over the city, which made up for how hazy the views were.

Your Visit to Skytree:

Pay Attention to the Weather: Because everything is indoors, you can visit Skytree year-round, and still appreciate the spectacular views from either the Tembo Deck, or the Tembo Galleria. However, we would recommend visiting during a clear day so that you can see the straight shot of Mt. Fuji.

Timing is Key: We recommend going earlier in the day, as tickets usually sell out fairly quickly on busier days. But if you’re willing to risk it, seeing the sunset at the top of the tower was a pretty amazing experience.

Take the Plunge : A lot of people we talked to that had visited Tokyo before us had only marveled at the tower from the outside due to the pricing of the tickets. While some might argue that all tower views are the same, how many of your friends can say that they’ve been to the top of the World’s tallest tower? Probably none.

Pay the Extra $10: Now that you’ve taken the plunge and bought your tickets to the Tembo Deck, get your tickets to go up to the next level! It might be tempting to skimp out on the Tembo Galleria, but in my humble opinion, it was worth going all the way to the top. The main deck was pretty crowded, but there was more room to explore and enjoy the view at the Galleria level.

It’s more than just a tower: Tokyo Solamachi, the complex below the tower, is a tourist’s dream (or maybe a tourist’s worst nightmare?). There are hundreds of shops and restaurants, including a Pokemon Center, a Disney Store, Hello Kitty Japan, and a Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory that just sounds amazing (and a little weird). Tokyo Skytree also has its own unique restaurant called the Sky Restaurant 634, which is Tokyo’s tallest restaurant (345 meters above ground). We traveled to Tokyo on a smaller budget, but you can read a review of the restaurant here.

Planning Information:

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The last admission for the  Tembo Deck is 8:30 p.m. for those with online reservations. For same-day tickets and fixed-date tickets, admission is up to 9:00 p.m. The last admission for the Tembo Galleria is 9:20 p.m.

Tembo Deck Pricing (Same-day Ticket):

18 yrs. + 12 – 17 yrs. 6 – 11 yrs. 4 – 5 yrs.
¥ 2,060 ¥ 1,540 ¥ 930 ¥ 620

Tembo Galleria Pricing (Same-day Ticket):  

18 yrs. + 12 – 17 yrs. 6 – 11 yrs. 4 – 5 yrs.
¥ 1,030 ¥ 820 ¥ 510 ¥ 310

Tembo Deck Pricing for Persons with Disabilities: 

18 yrs. + 12 – 17 yrs. 6 – 11 yrs. 4 – 5 yrs.
¥ 1,030 ¥ 770 ¥ 460 ¥ 310

Tembo Galleria Pricing for Persons with Disabilities: 

18 yrs. + 12 – 17 yrs. 6 – 11 yrs. 4 – 5 yrs.
¥ 510 ¥ 410 ¥ 260 ¥ 150

Fast Skytree Ticket Pricing: 

12 yrs. + 4 – 11 yrs.
¥ 3,000 ¥ 1,500
Combo Ticket: ¥4,000 Combo Ticket: ¥2,000

Getting There: 
1. Oshiage Station:
  • From Tokyo Station, take the JR Sobu Rapid Line and transfer at Kinshicho for the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, about 16 minutes.
  • From Shinagawa Station, take the Keikyu Line or Toei Asakusa Line, about a 25-minute through service
  • From Haneda Airport, take the Keikyu Line or Toei Asakusa Line, about a 42-minute through service
  • From Narita Airport, take the Keisei Narita Airport Line or Narita Sky Access Keisei Line, about a 49-minute through service.
2. Tokyo Skytree Station:
  • From Asakusa Station, 1 station, a 2 minute-ride on the Tobu Skytree Line, or a 15-minute walk
  • From Ueno Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line), transfer to the Tobu Skytree Line at Asakusa Station, about 14 minutes.
3. Asakusa Station:
  • 5 minutes from Ueno Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line), about a 15-minute walk to Tokyo Skytree
4. Kinshicho Station (JR Sobu Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line):
  • 9 minutes from Tokyo Station (JR Sobu Rapid Line), a 30-minute walk to Tokyo Skytree