One of the things we had to do in Tokyo was visit an observation deck for a view of Japan’s metropolis. There is no better place for a view than Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest tower. We chose today to visit Tokyo Skytree since there was no rain in the forecast. It was a little cloudier than expected so we couldn’t see Nikko or Mount Fuji, but the view was nothing to complain about. There are two observation points, the first is Tembo Deck. It only takes 50 seconds to reach Tembo Deck as the elevator travels 22.4 miles/hour. This area includes a cafe (where I did need a drink to not feel the ground move, even though it wasn’t). It also features a glass floor which took some courage to walk out on (but I managed). Tembo Deck houses a restaurant and a gift shop. It has a capacity of 2,000 people and your ticket is not timed so you can hang out for as long as you desire. The second observation deck is Tembo Galleria, where the elevator door is glass and you can see what you are getting yourself into before the doors open. This smaller observation deck has a spiral walkway up to the tallest point, 451.2 meters. The tower is 634 meters high but above us are all television and radio broadcasters. The only option from this point is going back to ground level so visitors spend most of their time at the first observation point.
Tickets to Skytree have add on options for different places located at the base of the tower. We chose to visit the Sumida aquarium, which is officially my favorite aquarium in the world. It is so artfully designed. There is a glass platform you can walk out on to watch the glowing jellyfish below, there are sealions and penguins (all indoors) yet no fishy odors, and it isn’t busy. I seriously love this place.