Tokyo Diary, Part 8 – Skytree

I enjoy looking down on people and things.

Hence, I enjoy visiting towers, mountains, or other sightseeing spots. This is something I’ve done a ton in Seoul, so I definitely had to visit a viewpoint in Tokyo.
There are a bunch of different towers to choose from. The Tokyo Tower also seems to be very popular, but I chose the Skytree for reasons I can’t really recall. It is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower. The height of 634 meters makes it the tallest television tower and the second tallest structure in the world. It was completed in 2012 and contains an observation deck that gives you a great 360° view of Tokyo.


The observation deck is located 350m above sea level and gives you a tremendous view of Tokyo. The city stretches as far as the eye can see. There’s a second observation platform that is 100m above, but I believe it costs extra.


There’s also a part with a glass window in the floor that allows you to look all the way down. It’s slightly terrifying, unless you are this kid.


If you also enjoy looking down, I’d recommend this place. But it’s not exactly cheap and there are a bunch of different options, so maybe some other tower might be more to your liking. You can do some other sightseeing nearby, as the Skytree is located right in the city.

Overall, I still prefer the Seoul Tower experience with the ability to hike up the mountain. But don’t let that hold you back from giving the Skytree a shot.


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