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“The sky is the limit, or not...”
Review of Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree
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Sumo Practice Guided Morning Tour and Tokyo SkyTree Ticket
Ranked #2 of 192 things to do in Sumida
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Karlskrona, Sweden
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“The sky is the limit, or not...”
Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

450 metres above the ground the view is fantastic. And, after four days of traveling back and forth in the city, you suddenly understand how much more there is to see. The elevator runs like a rocket (fortunately, the sky is not the limit) to the first platform at 350 metres. The next elevator brings you to the 450 metres platform, with some amazing floor sections made of glass. An excellent opportunity to check out who is the bravest in the family.

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“Expensive and time consuming; but the view is mind-blowing”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Sky Tree is the newest attraction in Tokyo. The thing is huge. 634m in heigt. There are no sky scrapers around so it looks even higher.

There is a sight seeing platform at 350m. It cost 2000yen. If you want to visit Tokyo from 450m height you have to pay another 1000en.

But the view is awesome. If you are there you realize how big Tokyo is. At night it is a ocean of tiny lights. You definately have to bring a zoom objective or a spygalss with you to dive into this ocean.

Getting a ticket: That is the biggest problem. When you arrive around noon, you have to queue approx 1 hour for "waiting ticket". When arrived at 1pm the gave me a ticket for 3:30pm. So I had to wait and the queue again. The waiting ticket allows you to buy a ticket within a 30min time limit. I you miss it, you need a new waiting ticket. At all: Gettting into the tower is very time-consuming. I hope it will get easier, if the hype is cools down.

Getting there: The subway station is called Oshiage. There is one Tokyo Metro line and one Toei Subway Line leading to that station. It is 1,5km away from the famouse Asakusa shrine.

Visited January 2013
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“Worth a view!”
Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

The Tokyo Sky Tree offers you a panoramic view of the whole city area of Tokyo. Two main floors are accessible with an extra cost for the second one (you pay it once arrive in the first floor).
Few tips: go there at night 1 hour before it closes (i spent 30 sec in the line..) - i wouldn't recommend specially the second floor as it doesn't really offer more than the first one (no restaurant, no additionnal explanations, ...) + it's harder to take "good" picture at night from there since you cannot put directly the lens of your dslr camera on the front glass cause the gap between the handrail and the window is too large (tripod are forbidden as in all kind of those places).
The view is really awesome when sky's clear
Sky tree is very easily accessble from Asakusa.

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“Things to do in Tokyo for weekend”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

1/ Tokyo Skytree - get the Subway 'A Line' to A20 at about 13:00, then get a ticket which will allow you to start queuing for a ticket to go up at about 16:00 (a ticket to get a ticket!). This is ok though as the Tokyo Subway system is awesome, really easy for foreigner to use, cheap, fast, and very extensive city coverage, so, once you have the Skytree ticket to allow you to come back for a ticket, get back on the Subway & go to Ueno Park & Zoo at Subway G16 (10 minutes Subway away) to see the park & go into the Zoo (about US$5) which has Giant Panda's. When you head back to the Skytree for 16:00, be prepared to queue for maybe an hour with the other hundreds of people, but stick it out & get to the top of the Skytree, where you'll see (along the crowds of other people in there) the best view of Tokyo there is, including Mount Fuji if it's a clear day.
2/ Ueno Park & Zoo - see above.
3/ Yoyogi Park - F15 on the Subway. Before you go, buy a small bag of Sunflower Seeds from any seveneleven and go into the small gardens within the park (for maybe US$3) and feed the small birds which will land on your hand. See the Costumed people here too ('Cos-Play') in the Summer.
4/ Tokyo Shinjuku Gyoen Park - F13 on the Subway. An absolutely stunning Park that'll make you amazed that you're in a huge city like Tokyo when you're stood in almost deserted silence in what seems the wild countryside woodland & grassed field areas.
5/ Nights out in Kabukichu & Roppogni - not so bad places if you choose normal bars with no cover charge. The Nigerian touts are relentless & will annoy you after not too long but if you want a bar with working girls it'll cost you at least 2000 Yen to even get in and then the prices you pay after that may depend on if you've brokered a good deal with these Nigerian guys before you go in, but be careful. Roppogni is the better of the two places. Motown 1 bar in Roppogni was small but 'bouncing' with happy loud dancing people & 80's/90's/00's classic music.
6/ Ginza Shopping Street - G9 on the Subway. Get there before 20:00 as that's when the shops close, but if you can time it to be after dark (but before 20:00) then you'll be very impressed with the bright lights. A very clean and impressive street. Also try New York basement bar here, the Beercan Chicken is superb.

AVOID: Park Hyatt Hotel, it's a good view from the bar windows but to even order a drink it costs an initial US$20. Also it's not near a Subway, which is rare in Tokyo with so many Subways & Stations. Overrated just like the film the Bill Murray film that it trades its name on.

BE WARNED: If you fly from or to Narita Airport allow 2 hours to/from Tokyo (not including check in time). Also - do not fear the Subway, so easy, so clean, so safe, so quiet, so cheap - DO NOT get a taxi from either Narita (26,000 yen) OR Haneda (8000 Yen) Airports into Tokyo, very expensive!

Visited January 2013
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“The first deck is enough - don't go to the second (higher) one”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Despite what the previous reviews say about having to queue up long, mine was a relatively short breeze to the ticket counter (I went there in November). The queue after purchasing the ticket wasn't that long either - it was just a security clearance check followed by a wait at the lobby for a very big lift to come down and fetch you up.

The view of the city from the first deck was splendid and I could zoom in to see cars and people even though my camera wasn't that sharp or powerful. The tower itself was very new (since it just opened recently) and the service provided was really good, something that you'd more often than not expect from the Japanese people. Once in a while two window cleaners would descend from OUTSIDE the building (in an enclosed platform hung by tension cables of course) - it must take a lot of real guts to perform such a job - and they were still ever so pleasant to pose cheerfully for us to take pictures! In fact what made this structure stand out wasn't only its own unique features but the attitude of its staff as well.

One tip to save your cash - buy tickets to the first observation deck only (Tembo deck). The second one (Galleria deck) which is located higher above costs an extra thousand yen and I didn't manage to see any difference in the view of the city. There are other features marketed on the brochure to entice you to go (like a room filled with lights) - they are heavily exaggerated and aren't anything special once you see them.

Visited November 2012
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