Michael Taylor was flown to Tokyo, Japan, by United Airlines. This is the eighth in a series of travelogues based on his trip to the Japanese capital.
The tallest structure in Japan, Tokyo Sky Tree is also the world's tallest tower, displacing Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China, by more than 30 metres.
Tokyo Sky Tree lies at the heart of a large commercial development, which is destined to change the face of a district that is now dotted with private homes and other low rise buildings. It opened on 22 May 2012.
Soaring 634 meters over the Japanese capital, Tokyo Sky Tree has been dubbed the most significant addition to Tokyo's skyline in at least 100 years. A broadcasting tower for television and radio, Tokyo Sky Tree has observation decks at 125 and 375 metres as well as numerous restaurants, a large shopping mall, and other attractions.
Tokyo Sky Tree is situated across the Sumida River from Asakusa, one of Tokyo's most important historic neighborhoods. Ultra modern Kasai Rinai Park, which is set and on a man-made island, is also located nearby. Its key attraction is the Diamond and Flower Ferris Wheel, which also offers stunning views of the city.
Oedo River Sky Tree Cruise Package
I visited Tokyo Tower while staying at the Conrad Tokyo, which is located on the other side of town. The hotel is offering a Oedo River Sky Tree Cruise package to celebrate the official opening of Tokyo Sky Tree.
Running through 30 December 2012, the package includes one night's accommodation in a room with a view of the tower and tickets for a cruise along the Sumida River to the historic Asakusa district, which is a 20 or 30 minute walk from Tokyo Sky Tree.
The boat trip up the Sumida River from Hama Rikyu Park to Asakusa was one of the highlights of my six day stay in the Japanese capital. I explored the mall, but I didn't ascend the Tokyo Sky Tree. The lines were too long – and the ticket price almost as high as the tower!
To Be Continued