The Fast Skytree Ticket and How To Use It
The Tokyo Skytree is the tallest tower in all of Japan. It's a must see while you're in Tokyo, but how do you get there? What ticket options are available to you? What about the Fast Skytree Ticket, where you can skip the long lines? Read on to find out more!
Tokyo Skytree opened in May 2012 and claims the title of Japan’s tallest television broadcasting tower with a height of 634 meters. Along with Tokyo Tower, which had previously held that title for its height of 333 meters until it was overtaken by its newer counterpart, Tokyo Skytree is both a symbol of Tokyo and a popular sightseeing destination.
The tower is close to Asakusa and is easily accessible from Tokyo Skytree Station on the Tobu Skytree Line, which is the closest train station, although Oshiage Station is also convenient if you are using the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, the Keikyu Line/Toei Asakusa Line, or the Keisei Narita Sky Access line. Tokyo Skytree is only about a 5-10 minute walk from either of these two stations.
The reason why we are recommending Tokyo Skytree as a sightseeing spot now is that there is a special “Fast Skytree Ticket” that is only available to foreign travelers to Japan. This ticket, for foreigners who have limited time to sightsee, allows them to enter the usually crowded Tokyo Skytree’s observation deck (known as Tembo Deck) in a shorter time, and enjoy a wonderful view from the top of the tower.
These tickets are sold at a special counter known as the Fast Skytree Ticket Counter, located in the west lobby of the 4th floor entrance area. As listed below on the price chart, the price is slightly more expensive than the regular ticket, but is certainly worth it considering the long lines you’d likely have to wait in otherwise. Of course you can always purchase the standard ticket as well, so it might be wise to first check how crowded the lines are when deciding whether or not to purchase.
Fast Skytree Ticket
18 years and older 2,820 JPY, 12-17 years 2,260 JPY, 6-11 years 1,580 JPY, 4-5 years 1,240 JPY
Regular Day Ticket
18 years and older 2,060 JPY, 12-17 years 1,540 JPY, 6-11 years 930 JPY, 4-5 years 620 JPY
Ticket sales are from 8:00am through 9:00pm. It will be necessary to show your passport or some other type of ID when you purchase. Foreigners that are living in Japan as well as Japanese that accompany them are also able to purchase the ticket. However, if you wish to visit the Tembo Galleria observation corridor (details below) it will be necessary to purchase a separate ticket.
If you purchase the Fast Skytree Ticket, you’ll be able to move smoothly up to the Tembo Deck via the Tembo shuttle. The Tembo Deck is divided into 3 floors - 340, 345, and 350 - and each number represents the height (in meters) from the ground.
Not only can you get a full 360 degree panoramic view of Tokyo’s scenery, there are glass panels on Floor 340 that allow you to look straight down through the floor and get a dynamic view below (those who are afraid of heights may want to avoid this area!).
For most the height of the observation deck will be enough, but you can also purchase a ticket at the ticket counter (1,030 JPY for those 18 or older) on Floor 350 to proceed to the even higher Tembo Galleria corridor which is 450 meters above the ground.
Just as the name “kairo” (corridor) suggests, there is a continuous sloping corridor from Floor 445 to Floor 450 that really does provide an even more expansive view of Tokyo’s streets below. You’ll feel as if you are nearly walking in the middle of the sky.
We encourage you to get some photos of the incredible views as souvenirs of your time in Tokyo!
■Location: 1-1-2, Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 131-0045, Japan
■Operating hours: Observation deck 8:00am through 10:00 pm (last entry at 9:00 pm)
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.