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TOKYO SKYTREE is iconic all year-round, but sakura (cherry blossom) season brings out a unique beauty, making TOKYO SKYTREE an amazing Tokyo sakura spot!

Spring Sakura and TOKYO SKYTREE



For many people, sakura season is the very best time to see Tokyo, as a spring breeze rolls through the city, carrying with it waves of pink cherry blossom petals. And as spring brings great weather and beautiful sakura blooms to the city, it's the perfect time to check out Tokyo's most popular attractions, like TOKYO SKYTREE! This gorgeous tower stands 634 meters (over 2080 ft) over Tokyo, which is why it's a must-see sightseeing stop on any Japan travel itinerary. A day spent exploring eastern Tokyo, admiring the local sakura, and visiting TOKYO SKYTREE might just end up being the best part of your trip.
 

TOKYO SKYTREE
1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Access: Tokyo Skytree Station (Tobu Skytree Line) / Oshiage Station (Hanzomon Line)
Observation Deck Hours: 8:00 – 22:00 (Final Admission 21:00)
Admission Fee Chart / Advance Tickets
Official Website (en)

Start the Day in Asakusa



Not only is the Asakusa area of Tokyo one of the most popular places for travelers to stay, it's also a lovely, atmospheric part of the city, which is why it's a good place to start the day. To make this outing extra fun, you can even rent a kimono from one of the many shops around Asakusa, and wander Tokyo in style! Whether you're wearing kimono, or just decide to stick to your everyday duds, you're going to be blown away by the views of TOKYO SKYTREE from across the Sumida River.



The View from Afar

Make your way over to the banks of the Sumida River, and you'll be rewarded by rows of blooming cherry trees, elegantly framing the towering shape of TOKYO SKYTREE. From this distance you can really appreciate the height of the structure, and the sunlight glittering off the sides almost rivals the pink of the sakura.

Once you've really taken in the view, you'll definitely want see what it's like from the other direction, looking down on Tokyo from hundreds of meters in the sky. It's time to go to Tokyo TOKYO SKYTREE! For a chance to experience a little bit of traditional Japanese culture on the way, the most exciting way to get to TOKYO SKYTREE is by rickshaw! Did you know that the word rickshaw actually comes from the Japanese name for these vehicles, "jinrikisha" (人力車)? They've been a popular mode of transportation since the 1800s, so a ride in one is a pretty traditional Japanese experience! (Although TOKYO SKYTREE, constructed in 2008~2012, certainly isn't a landmark that 19th century Tokyoites would have recognized!)

All the Ways to Enjoy TOKYO SKYTREE



From the Ground on Sorami-zaka

Whether you arrive at TOKYO SKYTREE traveling by rickshaw, or just at one of the nearby train stations (Tokyo Skytree Station or Oshiage Station), when your feet hit the ground, your first view will be from below. For those looking to take a snapshot with the whole tower reaching into the sky behind them, the Sorami-Zaka area at the base of TOKYO SKYTREE gives you just that opportunity. 

Plus, now's your chance to see, up close, that the structure isn't painted with any old white paint. The color, named "Skytree White", is actually an exclusive blend, chosen with traditional Japanese indigo dyes (aizome, 藍染) in mind.



TOKYO SKYTREE Tickets

It's finally time to zoom hundreds of meters into the air in the speedy TOKYO SKYTREE elevators! But first you'll need a ticket. You can certainly start lining up whenever you arrive and buy a day-of ticket on-site, but lines can get long on busy days, and there are much better options! If you don't want to waste any time lining up in the lobby, you can buy TOKYO SKYTREE tickets before you even get to Japan. The tickets are available at a number of travel agents and planning websites (like this one here). So, although you can certainly check the prices for day-of tickets right here, you'll have more time to relax and enjoy the view if you show up with a ticket in-hand.

Wondering about the different ticket options? To explain a little, TOKYO SKYTREE has two observation deck floors, the Tembo Deck (floor 350) and the Tembo Galleria (floor 450). It's possible to purchase a ticket for just the Tembo Deck (and the view from floor 350 is already amazing), but the 450th floor Tembo Galleria offers the most spectacular aerial views of Tokyo around, so it's worth going all the way to the top. If you want to buy the additional ticket for the Tembo Gallery once you're already heading up, you can purchase it on the Tembo Deck floor as well!



Climbing to the Top

During the spring, you can even enjoy sakura during your journey climbing the height of TOKYO SKYTREE, thanks to a cherry blossom motif subtly decorating the elevators! As soon as you exit the elevator doors, though, you won't be pondering the wall decorations anymore. With the breathtaking metropolis of Tokyo spread out below you, your eyes will be glued to the many windows!

All visitors going to the observation deck floors of TOKYO SKYTREE stop at the Tembo Deck first thing. If you have a ticket (or choose to buy one there) for the Tembo Galleria, the very highest viewing floor, you take a separate elevator up the additional 100 meters. While you can spend as long as you like on either of the observation decks, the tickets for both floors are only valid for one trip up in the elevator each, so don't go back down to the Tembo Deck until you're finished with floor 450, and don't go down to ground level until you're all done!



The Best Views from the Observation Decks

Once you reach the top of the elevator ride and step out onto the Tembo Deck, close your eyes for a moment – can you tell? It's so subtle you might not be able to feel it, but TOKYO SKYTREE's height means that the upper sections are constantly shifting in the wind! Open your eyes, and it's time to explore all the views available.



Mt. Fuji is a symbol of Japan, and TOKYO SKYTREE offers the best view of the majestic mountain in Tokyo. Just look at it looming large in the background! The signs all over the observation decks point out some of the most interesting landmarks below.

Location: both Floor 350 & 450



For anyone with a little bit of courage, the glass floor is worth a visit! The unfettered view of the street 350 meters below might just get your heart pumping, and you can get a photo taken from above as you stand on the glass.

Location: Tembo Deck (floor 340)



Pick up a postcard at the nearby gift shop, and you can get it sent right from the top of TOKYO SKYTREE, via this unique post box! It'll arrive at its destination complete with a special stamp showing where it was sent from.

Location: Tembo Deck (floor 345)



Do you see the resemblance? This beautiful folding screen depicting the Tokyo area was painted during Japan's Edo period, and they now have it on display so you can compare today's reality to the way people once viewed the city.

Location: Tembo Deck (floor 350)



If you visit during the day, you'll be able to catch this awesome view of TOKYO SKYTREE’s shadow falling over the city landscape. Here you see it pointing west, towards the rest of Tokyo!

Location: both Floor 350 & 450



Will the high point of the tower be the high point of your day? The "Sorakara Point" (named after the cute TOKYO SKYTREE mascot) is TOKYO SKYTREE's highest viewing point. Looking out on Tokyo from here, it appears less like a huge metropolis and more like a children's toy set! You won't find a view like this anywhere else.

Location: Tembo Galleria (floor 450)

Relax for the Evening



Sky Restaurant 634

Not quite ready to head back down to earth?



*Image for illustrative purposes only.

For a little bit of extra time with your head in the clouds, you can always make advance reservations at Sky Restaurant 634, where diners eat at 345 meters above ground. Every table has a panoramic view of the city below, making for one magical meal.

Sky Restaurant 634
Hours: 11:00 – 23:00 (Last order 20:30)
Official Website



Below TOKYO SKYTREE

Once you finally head to the elevator on floor 340 and descend down the tower, there are plenty of ways to finish off your day at TOKYO SKYTREE in style. The surrounding shopping facilities contain quite a few restaurants, including some Japanese specialties, and during sakura season you can buy cherry blossom products of all kinds! Bring a little bit of Tokyo's springtime beauty home with you, if you want, with sakura sweets, cherry blossom accessories, or a practical pink tote bag.

TOKYO Solamachi℠ Shopping Facilities
Shop Hours: 10:00 – 21:00
Restaurant Floor Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
Official Website (en)



©TOKYO-SKYTREE

Before you leave, pick up any last souvenirs at the first floor gift shop!



TOKYO SKYTREE’s Nighttime Lighting

Whether you admire it from up close, or gaze from afar on your way home, definitely do not miss the chance to see TOKYO SKYTREE light up once the sun goes down! There are three standard colors and patterns that light up the night, called Iki, Miyabi, and Nobori, but on certain occasions, you might just be lucky enough to catch a special lighting pattern instead (like the one shown here). (The lights are all eco-friendly LEDs, too!)

Whether TOKYO SKYTREE is glowing blue, purple, orange, or any other color on the spectrum, the image of the building framed by springtime cherry blossoms is one you'll never forget.

Good Night, TOKYO SKYTREE!

Starting the day with kimono in Asakusa, taking in the view of cherry blossoms in the foreground and TOKYO SKYTREE in the distance, climbing the tall tower and checking out the amazing views, before finishing the excursion with a bite to eat and a bit of a light show – you won't find a better day in Tokyo!

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      Shizuoka Prefecture is sandwiched between eastern and western Japan, giving the prefecture easy access to both Tokyo and Osaka. Not only is it known for beautiful natural attractions, with everything from Mount Fuji to Suruga Bay, Lake Hamanako, and Sumata Pass―Shizuoka's Izu Peninsula is known as a go-to spot for hot springs lovers, with famous onsen like Atami, Ito, Shimoda, Shuzenji, and Dogashima. Shizuoka attracts all kinds of travelers thanks to historic connections with the Tokugawa clan, the Oigawa Railway, fresh eel cuisine, Hamamatsu gyoza, and famously high-quality green tea.

    • Kansai (関西) is a region that includes Mie, Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, and Shiga Prefectures. Kansai contained Japan's ancient capital for hundreds of years, and it's making a comeback as one of the most popular parts of Japan. Kyoto's temples and shrines, Osaka Castle, and the deer of Nara are all considered must-sees. Plus, the people of Kansai are especially friendly, making it a fun place to hang out.

    • Kyoto flourished as the capital of Japan between the years 794 and 1100, becoming a center for poilitics and culture, and to this day it's a great place for close encounters with Japanese history. The cobbled streets of Gion, the atmospheric road to Kiyomizudera Temple, Kinkakuji's golden walls and countless historic attractions, even Arashiyama's Togetsukyo Bridge―Kyoto is a place of many attractions. With new charms to experience throughout the seasons, travelers can't stop themselves from returning again and again.

    • Nara Prefecture's important history reaches back to 710, a time now called the Nara era, when it was once capital of Japan. Called "Heijo-kyo" during its time as a capital, it's said that nara was once the end of the silk road, leading it to flourish as a uniquely international region and produce important cultural properties of all kinds. To make the most of each season, travelers head to Nara Park, where the Nara deer who wander freely, or climb Mount Yoshino, a famous cherry blossom spot.

    • Osaka is known for friendly (and funny) people, but its history is nothing to laugh at, playing a major part in Toyotomi Hideyoshi's 16th century unification of Japan. Thanks to long years of economic activity, it's one of Japan's biggest cities, and Osaka's popular food culture earned it the nickname "The Kitchen of the Nation." To this day Osaka is the model of western Japan, and alongside historic structures like Osaka Castle, it also has major shopping malls like Umeda's Grand Front Osaka and Tennoji's Abeno Harukas. Osaka is a place to eat, eat, eat, with local specialties like takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and kushi-katsu, and for extra fun, it's home to Universal Studios Japan.

    • CHUGOKU

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      The Chugoku Region (中国地方) consists of five prefectures: Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, and Yamaguchi. In Chugoku you’ll find the sand dunes of Tottori, and Hiroshima’s atomic bomb site, plus centers of ancient history like Grand Shrine of Izumo.

    • HIROSHIMA

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      Hiroshima Prefecture has everything, from world heritage sites to beautiful nature and delicious local cuisine, and it's either an hour and a half from Tokyo by plane, or four hours by train. Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island and the Atomic Bomb Dome, two Hiroshima UNESCO sites, are famous around the world, but in Japan it's also famous for food. Seafood from the Seto Inland Sea, especially oysters, Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, and Setouchi lemons are all popular, and the natural scenery alone is worth seeing.

    • SHIKOKU

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      On the other side of the Seto Inland Sea opposite Japan’s main island, Shikoku (四国) is a region made up of four prefectures: Ehime, Kagawa, Kochi, and Tokushima. The area is famous for its udon (in Kagawa), and the beautiful Dogo Onsen hot springs (in Ehime).

    • Kagawa Prefecture is on the northern part of the island of Shikoku, facing Japan's main island and the Seto Inland Sea. It's known for being the smallest prefecture in Japan, by area, but at the same time Kagawa is called the "Udon Prefecture" thanks to its famous sanuki udon. Aside from Kotohiragu Shrine and Ritsurin Garden, the prefecture's small islands are popular, and Kagawa is full of unique destinations, like Angel Road. They say that if you lay eyes on Zenigata Sunae, a huge Kagawa sand painting, you'll never have money troubles ever again.

    • Located in the most southwestern part of Japan, Kyushu (九州) is an island of 7 prefectures: Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima. The island's unique culture has been influenced by Chinese and Dutch trade, along with missionaries coming in through Nagasaki's port. Modern-day travelers love the lush natural scenery and fresh food, plus the natural hot springs found all throughout the area (thanks to volcanic activity)!

    • FUKUOKA

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      Fukuoka Prefecture has the highest population on the southern island of Kyushu, with two major cities: Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. Thanks to growing transportation networks, Fukuoka is more accessible than ever, and so are the many local attractions. On top of historical spots like Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, travelers shouldn't miss Fukuoka's food scene, with motsu nabe (offal hotpot), mentaiko (spicy cod roe), and famous Hakata ramen―best eaten from a food stall in the Nakasu area of Hakata. Plus, it's full of all sorts of destinations for travelers, like trendy shopping centers, and the beautiful nature of Itoshima and Yanagawa.

    • KAGOSHIMA

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      Kagoshima Prefecture played a major role in Japan's modernization as a backdrop for famous historical figures like samurais Saigo Takamori and Okubo Toshimichi, who pushed Japan out of the Edo era and into the Meiji. Because of that, Sengan-en Garden is just one of many historical destinations, and when it comes to attractions Kagoshima has plenty: the active volcano of Sakurajima, popular hot springs Ibusuki Onsen and Kirishima Onsen, World Heritage Site Yakushima Island, even what Japan calls the "island closest to heaven," Amami Oshima. Kagoshima might be found on the very southernmost tip of the southern island of Kyushu, but there's plenty to see.

    • OKINAWA

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      The island chain of Okinawa (沖縄) makes up the southernmost tip of Japan, which is why it's also the most tropical area in the country. Thanks to a history of independence and totally distinct political and cultural events, Okinawa has a unique culture, and remnants of the Ryukyu Kingdom are still visible all over the islands. Food, language, traditional dress, it's all a little different! It's also said to be the birthplace of karate.

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