There are two famous towers in Tokyo. One is Tokyo Tower completed in 1958 which looks like Eiffel Tower in Paris. It is 333 meter-high. (Eiffel Tower is 324 meter-high.)
The other tower is Tokyo Sky Tree which was completed in 2012 and it is 634 meter where I visited recently. If you climb up to the top, you can see the panorama view of the whole Tokyo. But if you go there on weekends, the waiting time is longer than 60 minutes so be sure to get the tickets beforehand. You can check the ticket information online.
But both Tokyo Tower and Sky Tree are landmarks of Tokyo and I personally think that it is better to see those towers from the distance. If you go to the observation deck, you cannot see the tower itself… So if you don’t want to line up the queue to buy tickets of Tokyo Sky Tree, don’t worry, just skip the tower. You will be able to have fun walking through the shopping mall “Soramachi” so it is still worth visiting Tokyo Sky Tree without climbing up to the tower.
There are many souvenir shops from sweets and snacks to stationery, clothes to even food samples.
These are food samples of toasts. They sell food samples in the shop and they also have key chains of food samples.
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And here are food samples of sushi.
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There is Pokemon Center, too, so kids would love it.
For More Information on Tokyo Sky Tree and Soramachi
Address: 1-2 Oshiage 1-chome, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 8:30pm
Admission: There are several types of tickets between 3,000 – 4,000 yen for adults (The tickets for children between 4 to 11 years old are half the price.) Please check the website.
Bike Parkings: There are bike parkings in Tokyo Sky Tree. Free of charge up to two hours and after that, 50 yen for one additional hour.