The Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) is a new television broadcasting tower and landmark of Tokyo. It is the centerpiece of the Tokyo Skytree Town in the Sumida City Ward, not far away from Asakusa. With a height of 634 meters (634 can be read as “Musashi”, a historic name of the Tokyo Region), it is the tallest building in Japan and the second tallest structure in the world at the time of its completion. A large shopping complex with aquarium is located at its base.
Entrance ticket is 2000JPY per adult for the first observation tower and an extra 1000JPY if you want to go further up to their second observatory tower. We went on a weekday and the wait was a minimum 50 minutes to the ticket tower. On weekends, the wait is at least 2-3 hours when they would insist a paper ticket informing you what time that you need to go back to wait in line to buy the tickets.
Almost a perfect day to go up.
Why did I say almost a perfect day to go up? Cos we did not get to see Mount Fuji as it was very cloudy. The observatory tower is dotted with interactive touchscreen information. Really fun to play with and get to know more about the surrounding areas.
In most places in Japan, there are no rubbish bins so people either bring their own plastic bags to dispose trash. Sometimes when we go up the mountains, we have to bring our trash home to dispose too. So some places would provide the bags for us to dispose our trash.