Tokyo Skytree opened in 2012, and at 634 metres high, is one of Tokyo’s tallest landmarks. It is a broadcasting tower for television, and stands at the center of the Tokyo Skytree Town, which is in the city ward of Sumida. It is currently Japan’s tallest building, and the second tallest man-made structure in the world (behind Dubai’s Burj Khalifa).
The tower itself has two observation decks towards the top, and an aquarium and shopping complex at the base. Both observation decks (at 350 and 450 meters above the ground) are fully enclosed and offer magnificent views of Tokyo.
Tickets for admission to the Tembo Deck, which is the lower of the two observation decks, are available on the fourth floor of the tower. The Tembo Deck has three levels, and visitors take an elevator to its uppermost floor. Here, you will find floor-to-ceiling glass windows, enabling panoramic views.
Should you choose to, you can buy another ticket here and continue upwards to the Skytree’s second observation deck, located 450 meters above the ground and known as the Tembo Gallery. This deck has a sloping ramp constructed from steel and glass that spirals around the tower, enabling a 360-degree view of the Kanto region. It leads to the Skytree’s highest observation point, where there is a comfortable lounge area.
After viewing Tokyo from one or both Skytree observation decks, visitors can access the lower two floors of the Tembo Deck, where there is a souvenir store and the Musashi Sky Restaurant, serving Japanese-French fusion cuisine. The lowest floor of the Tembo Deck also has a cafe, along with some areas of glass flooring (not for the faint of heart!) An elevator takes visitors back down the tower to Tokyo Skytree Town.
Getting to Tokyo Skytree
Tokyo Skytree Town is a 20 minute walk from Asakusa, and covers the area that’s between Tokyo Skytree (previously Narihirabashi) Station and Oshiage Station. You can also reach Tokyo Skytree Town with a direct bus from the following stops:
Haneda Airport (50-70 minute trip/tickets 900 yen/1 bus per hour)
Tokyo Disney Resort (45-55 minute trip/tickets 500 yen/1 bus per hour)
Tokyo Station (30 minute trip/tickets 500 yen/3 buses per hour)
Ueno Station (30 minute trip/tickets 200 yen/4 buses per hour)
Opening Hours/Admission Fees
Open 7 days a week, from 8:00 to 22:00.
Admission to lower observation deck: 2000 yen.
Admission to both decks: 3000 yen.
There is a surcharge of 500 yen if you have a time-specific request with your reservation.
The following options are available:
Same day ticket
Same day tickets may be purchased from the fourth floor of the Tokyo Skytree tower. During off-peak times, you will be permitted to go straight up to the observation deck. However, at busy times, you will be allocated a 30-minute slot, during which you may access the deck. There is a limit of 10,000 tickets sold per day, and at peak times tickets can sell out.
You can make a reservation for the Tokyo Skytree online, up to two months before the date of your intended visit. Tickets are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note, however, that the registration website is only available in Japanese, and advance payment is limited to Japanese credit cards.
Selected travel agencies offer packages that include admission to Tokyo Skytree. Some hotels will also include Skytree tickets when you book accommodation with them.
Reservations for Musashi Sky restaurant, located on the lower observation deck, include free admission to the tower. These can be made up to a month in advance by calling 03-3623-0624, between 10:00 and 18:00 on weekdays.
The nearby Asakusa district has plenty of low budget accommodation options. It even has relatively inexpensive ryokan for those wanting to experience a traditional Japanese inn. Prices are lower here because the district is a couple of subway stops from the JR Yamanote line. However, it is still relatively close to everything visitors need.