1. When officials in Tokyo learned that the new Guangzhou Tower in China would be 610 meters tall they added 24 meters to the top of Tokyo Sky Tree to preserve its claim as the world’s tallest tower.
2. It makes the Eiffel Tower look like small change.
3. glass-flooring makes you feell like you’re sky-walking
Tokyo Sky Tree, towering some 634 meters above the Japanese capital is the tallest tower in the world.
The tower cost an estimated $650-million to build.
Sky Tree Tower Observation Decks
The Sky Tree has two pod-shaped observation decks, the first of which (The Tokyo Skytree Tembo Deck) is stationed 350 meters up.
The 360-degree panoramic views from this height are reported to extend some 70 kilometers into the distance.
Another elevator then takes you 100 meters further up to the Tembo Galleria, making the Eiffel Tower look like small change.
The last five meters of this journey are made on foot via a five-meter spiral staircase, leaving guests with the sensation of having sky-walked.
The braver guests may even look through a pane of glass-flooring all the way down to ground level!
Observation decks are open from 0800-2000 daily.
The incredibly well-signposted Tokyo Sky Tree has its own train station named, simply, Tokyo Sky Tree.
Regulars to Tokyo may know it under its former name of Narihirabashi, an area packed with cheap eateries which has captured Tokyo’s downtown soul for centuries.
The Sky Tree is also a mere five-minute walk from Oshiage subway station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon and Toei Asakusa Lines.
Those intent on a touristic feast should disembark at Asakusa Station, home of the iconic Sensoji Temple and adjacent souvenir paradise, and walk the ten minutes from there.
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Tokyo Sky Tree Sola-Machi
Not only about mere observation, the ultra-earthquake-proof Sky Tree has a host of other activities for the entire family to enjoy.
The lower floors of the complex are known as Tokyo Sola Machi, Sky-City, containing numerous top brand names such as Zara, Uniqlo and Cecil McBee.
The Solamachi Shotengai Shopping District contains 35 stores featuring lanterns fashioned from Edo cut glass.
Solamachi Dining, meanwhile, is an intriguing family restaurant positioned 150 meters above ground level which serves up local delicacies from across Japan. In fact, thirty restaurants and coffee shops line the sixth and seventh floors alone.
Tokyo Skytree Town, on the fourth floor, has been billed as the new souvenir paradise of the area while the complex also plays host to a state-of-the-art modern-day aquarium and planetarium.
Early reports from customers suggest that Sola-Machi is proving just as popular as the observation decks!