A new tower transcending time and space TOKYO SKYTREE®

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A new tower transcending time and space TOKYO SKYTREE®

Tokyo’s latest tourist attraction, TOKYO SKYTREE,at 634 meters high is the world’s tallest free-standing broadcasting tower.

The structure takes pride not only in its height but also in the myriad of designs and technologies packed within it that derive from Japan’s old capital of Edo to the present-day Tokyo.

Fusing the latest technologies with traditional Japanese wisdom

TOKYO SKYTREE is a crystallization of modern advanced technologies and ancient Japanese wisdom. The tower’s distinct exterior form, for instance, incorporates the techniques of sori (concave) and mukuri (convex) deriving from temple architecture in the Nara and Heian periods. Such features unique to Tokyo can also be found in many details of the interior.

SUPER CRAFT TREE, located on the 4th floor alongside the departure gate, is a 22-meter wide wall art exhibit by interior designer Yukio Hashimoto that expresses the various concepts of Edo’s shitamachi culture and craftsmanship built into the tower such as sori, from the gentle concave arch of the katana sword, and shimbashira, or the central pillar of pagodas. Other examples of modern arrangement of Edo culture are the ticket counter, also on the 4th floor, which uses the traditional craft of Kiriko cut glass in its lighting fixtures, and the TEMBO SHUTTLE elevator that zooms 350 meters above ground in as little as 50 seconds, which is fitted with art panels depicting motifs of cherry blossoms, the Sumida-gawa River, festivals, and Miyakodori (Black-headed Gulls).

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Climbing to the highest point of 451.2 meters with your own legs

TOKYO SKYTREE’s greatest attraction, TEMBO GALLERIA, is situated at the highest point in the world for an observatory of a broadcasting tower. The walkway starting 445 meters above ground level gradually spirals up to the highest point, 451.2 meters, giving visitors a sense of accomplishment at climbing to the apex with their own legs. Solakara Point, a space at the peak of 451.2 meters above ground, uses LED lighting in the floor and the enclosure of the glass wall to offer the experience of floating amid the vast sky.

TEMBO DECK, located 350 meters above ground, showcases an 1809 byobu folding screen by ukiyo-e painter Keisai Kuwagata. Visitors can not only enjoy the view but also compare today’s landscape with that from the Edo period, and feel the changes in the streets of Tokyo below.

TOKYO SKYTREE pursues contemporary designs and facilities while also embracing Tokyo’s, and the former Edo’s, established wisdom. Its time-transcending technologies and artistry promise visitors a discovery of the new and yet old Tokyo.

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TOKYO SKYTREE®

Location 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Access Short walk from Tobu SKYTREE Line TOKYO SKYTREE Station, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line (and other lines) Oshiage (SKYTREE) Station
Hours 8:00–22:00

Regular holidays

None

Website

http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

TOKYO SKYTREE® observatories individual admission tickets

For admission on and after July 11, 2012 (* Admission up to July 10 is by reservation only and no longer available)

Advance purchase: TOKYO SKYTREE Web Ticket

PC: http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/reservation/( External link )

Same-day ticket

Available at TOKYO SKYTREE 4th floor Ticket Counter (from July 11)

Ticket charges

TOKYO SKYTREE TEMBO DECK (350 m)

  • Advance purchase: Adults (ages 18 and over) 2,500 yen / Juniors (ages 12–17) 2,000 yen / Children (ages 6–11) 1,400 yen / Preschoolers (ages 4–5) 1,100 yen
  • Same-day ticket: Adults (ages 18 and over) 2,000 yen / Juniors (ages 12–17) 1,500 yen / Children (ages 6–11) 900 yen / Preschoolers (ages 4–5) 600 yen

TOKYO SKYTREE TEMBO GALLERIA (450 m)

  • Same-day ticket only: Adults (ages 18 and over) 1,000 yen / Juniors (ages 12–17) 800 yen / Children (ages 6–11) 500 yen / Preschoolers (ages 4–5) 300 yen

* Admission is free for children aged 3 and under. Children charges apply to elementary school students aged 12. Junior charges apply to high school students aged 18.

 

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