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Published May 12th 2016
I hadn't been sold on Tokyo Skytree initially. Maybe I am just a bit too pretentious about mainstream tourist attractions, but as an ignorant visitor to Japan, I couldn't imagine it being much different from the Eureka Tower and the Rialto in Australia. Could I be any more wrong? I hadn't banked on how huge Tokyo itself was, something which was, retrospectively, a bit silly. The city itself blew me away but Tokyo Skytree was a whole other level of incredible.

Tokyo Skytree is a television broadcasting tower that became the tallest tower in Japan in 2010 with a height of 634 metres or 2,080 feet. I took my sweet time getting there because, like most places in Tokyo, it is surrounded by dozens of the quirkiest and most exhaustive stores ever. The mall at the bottom of Tokyo Skytree is called Solamachi, and as well as the shops it includes many restaurants, a postal museum, a planetarium, and even an aquarium.

I went around sunset on a weeknight, and it was reasonably busy. The wait on the first floor to buy a ticket was maybe five to ten minutes - moving surprisingly quickly for the number of people that were there. I found out afterwards you can always pre-purchase tickets, which I would probably recommend if you were going at a busier period. The tickets themselves were 2,060 for an adult to the 350th floor and an extra 1,030 to visit the 450th floor.

Going up in the elevator felt surreal - but actually getting out and having a look was even more so. If you are struggling to comprehend the incredible vastness of Tokyo, this will do it. The Skytree features windows around the entire perimeter of the tower, and seeing the way the city extends out in all directions is just incredible.

The 450th floor features an observatory platform if you want to make the view even more impressive. On the 350th floor, there is also a glass floor - which was a bit too much for me, especially when my four-year-old was excitedly rolling over it! Fortunately, I was able to distract him with some of the other points of interest offered on the 350th floor - including a light show, and an ice-cream sundae from one of the cafes. There is also a restaurant and a shop selling everything from postcards to letter-writing sets to sake; all in all, a whole lot of entertainment to be had!

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Why? See the vastness of Tokyo
Where: 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo 131-0045, Japan
Cost: 2,060/adult
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