Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Tokyo Sky Tree - Tallest tower in the World

Tokyo Sky Tree

The Tokyo Sky tree is the world’s tallest tower and the second tallest structure in the world. It is 634.0 metres and stands majestically at Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. The tower will play a major role in the radio and television broadcasting for Japan in the coming years. It is open to the public for visit from May 22 2012.  



The Tokyo Sky tree is bulilt using the application of new structural technologies and materials. It is designed to withstand earthquakes of Level2 seismic intensity and also the strong winds from the nearby Tokyo bay.   The Sky tree is surrounded by several shitamachi areas (traditional shopping and entertainment districts), such as Asakusa and Mukojima, which is rich in traces of Edo culture. The tower shows a gently changing shape from triangular shape to circular shape, when viewed from the shitemachi avenues in the neighbourhood to just beneath the tower.
Observatory 
The highlight of the Tokyo Skytree is its two observation decks which offer spectacular views of Tokyo. The Tembo Deck at 350 meter height spans three levels, offering the visitors a 360 degree panoramic view of the city.  The souvenir shops present at the middle deck enables the visitors to take back home a traditional Japanese meibutsu (products associated with a particular region); or an omiyage, candies or other edibles.

The Musashi Sky Restaurant here serves French-Japanese fusion cuisine and the lowest floor features a cafe and some glass panels on the ground from where you can look all the way down to the base of the tower.
The Tembo Deck is conneted to the Tembo Gallery which is 450 meters high, by a second set of elevators . Conferred as  "the world's highest skywalk", the Tembo Gallery consists of a sloping spiral ramp that gains height as it circles the tower. The construction of the steel and glass tube allows visitors to look down from the dizzying height of the tower and out over the Kanto Region to spectacular distances.



Aquarium
The Sumida Aquarium is one of the main attractions of the Tokyo Skytree. It houses about 10,000 sea creatures. The most amazing view here is the 350 thousand liter tank, the largest open indoor tank in Japan, which is home to dozens of penguins and several fur seals. The visitors get to see an affluent cosmos of the aquatic life of Tokyo Bay, the Izu Islands and the Ogasawara islands.The other attractions are the planetarium, the restaurants and the shopping malls.

The colour design and the light design at the Sky Tree signifies the concept of a friendly future city.The tower is originally designed on the basis of a `skywhite` or the `ajiiro` the lightest shade of Japanese traditional indigo blue, which symbolises harmony with the surrounding scenery. There are 2 lighting styles. The "Iki" and "Miyabi  that operate alternately. They express the concept that 'today' is connected to 'tomorrow’ and, beyond tomorrow expand the 'future'.
Tokyo Sky tree Night view

The Tokyo tower employs advanced technologies and never before adopted design approaches. At the same time it inherits and embodies the deeply rooted culture of the locality in which it stands. It appropriately manifests the theme:` creation of land scape beyond space-time`.

Tokyo Sky Tree Floor guide

Floor Guide

Tokyo SkyTree  Tembo Gallery
 Floor 445, Floor 450
Tembo Gallery  450m
Tokyo SkyTree Tembo Deck
Floor 340, Floor 345, Floor 350
Shops,Restaurant and Café
5F Tokyo Sky Tree

Exit Floor,Shops,Information
4F Tokyo Sky Tree

Entrance Floor,Ticket Counter,Information
4F Tokyo Sky Tree

Shops,Group Ticket Counter


Address

Tokyo ,Sumida- Ku, Mukojima 1-33-12
Phone : 03-6658-8012


Admission Details

Same-day ticket
Available for sale from July 11, 2012.
Prior Reservation
Reservations can be made online from July 11 . Only credit cards issued in Japan are accepted for online reservations 
http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/reservation/
http://ticket.tokyo-skytree.jp/
Travel plans by (Tobu Travels: Leisure Walk Plan for SHITA-MACHI* & TOKYO SKYTREE)
https://tobu-discountpass.tobutravel.co.jp/client_en/product_detail_page.php?product_id=86
Reservation at Musashi Sky restaurant
Reservation can be make online (Japanese only, from midnight, 31 days in advanc)  or byphone (03-3623, 10:00 and 18:00 on weekdays only, from one month in advance).
http://www.opentable.jp/rest_profile.aspx?rid=15806

Fees



Category
  
  Adult


Child



4-5 years 
old
6-11 years old
12-17 years old
TOKYO SKYTREE
TEMBO DECK
350m
Day Ticket
(no time assignment)
Sale starts from July11
   ¥2,000
¥600
¥900
¥1,500
Advance Purchase
(day/time assigned, price includes a charge of 500 yen)
   ¥2,500
¥1,100
1,400
¥2,000
TOKYO SKYTREE
TEMBO GALLERIA
450m
Tickets purchased on the day only
  ¥1,000
¥300
¥500
¥800


Access by Train





Stations


Access Details

TOKYO SKYTREE Station
From Asakusa Station, 2 minute-ride on the TOBU SKYTREE Line, or a 15-minute walk. 
From Ueno Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line), transfer to the TOBU SKYTREE Line at Asakusa Station, 14 minutes walk. 

Oshiage Station (SKYTREE)
From Tokyo Station, take the JR Sobu Rapid Line and transfer at Kinshicho for the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, 16 minutes. 
From Shinagawa Station, take the Keikyu Line or Toei Asakusa Line, a 25-minute through service 
From Haneda Airport, take the Keikyu Line or Toei Asakusa Line, 42-minute through service 
From Narita Airport, take the Keisei Narita Airport Line or Narita SKY ACCESS
Keisei Line, a 59-minute through service. 

Asakusa Station
 5 minutes from Ueno Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line), a 15-minute walk .
Kinshicho Station
       9 minutes from Tokyo Station (JR Sobu Rapid Line), a 30-minute walk .



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