The Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) marks a point in Tokyo where tradition and innovation meet. It is the tallest tower in the world which serves as a broadcasting, restaurant and observation tower all in one. Built with cutting-edge Japanese technology, there’s no fears about the safety of this huge structure. The tower also serves as a terrestrial transmission between broadcasters and is expected to assume a role in disaster prevention at times of natural disaster. If you’d like to make the most of a trip to Tokyo Skytree, be sure to check out these three places that are nestled in the Tokyo Skytree complex:
1. Konica Minolta Planetarium “Tenku” (コニカミノルタプラネタリウム”天空”)
Tokyo Skytree’s planetarium, often referred to as “Tenku”, opened its doors to the public on May 22, 2012. Located on the 7th floor of the Tokyo Skytree East Yard, this hypnotizing space is run by Konica Minolta Planetarium Co., Ltd, a manufacturer of planetarium equipment. A trip to the planetarium will give you a show of the starry sky in a setting of the healing scents of aromatherapy oils and impressive audiovisual projections. The state-of-the-art video and sound system create a feeling of realism that make it an out-of-world experience.
As a great date spot, couples can move the armrests to join two seats together for an extra cozy experience. Chairs have a hammock-like comfort perfect for stimulating the experience of floating in outer space. Every year, thousands of visitors attend the planetarium to experience pleasant aromas and soft music which fills the dome, providing a meditative and healing environment.
2. Tembo Galleria (天望回廊)
If you’d like to experience walking in the sky from a sloped inclination, then head to the Tembo Galleria, which can be found on the 445th floor of the Tokyo Skytree. At 450 meters high, this observation deck is considered the second highest in the world. This is a chance for you to experience the amazing feeling of reaching the summit after climbing to the top of the observation deck.
Its highest point is called the “Sorakara Point” (ソラカラポイント), which is surrounded by light and glass. Here, you’ll get to experience a different world in 3D. If you’d like to take photos for souvenir purposes, head to Tembo Galleria 445 photo spot which is the only place you’ll be able to take a photo on your walk in the sky. Although a visit to the planetarium in the day shouldn’t disappoint you, it’s recommended to go at night for the best views of the beautiful city lights.
3. Postal Museum (郵政博物館)
This postal museum in Japan offers exhibitions displaying 330,000 postage stamps. This is regarded to be the largest collection of stamps in Japan. The origin of this museum can be traced back to the Yuubin Hakubutsukan (郵便博物館), founded by the former Ministry of Communications and Transportation (逓信省) in 1902. There are different zones for you to visit if you’d like to learn about the history of Japan’s postal service. These include the Letter Lounge, Event Space, Museum Shop and Museum Post Office.
A theater provides a dynamic overview of the postal services and communications through three projected screens. The museum is also home to Japan’s first postage stamp vending machine, which was produced in 1904, the 37th year of the Meiji (明治) era. Visitors can get the postman experience by delivering mail on a postal motorbike. With activities for both children and adults, this is an enjoyable experience for everyone.
Whether you’re whizzing up to the top of the Tokyo Skytree or enjoying one of its diverse activities from the safety of the ground, a trip to the Tokyo Skytree complex is sure to offer plenty to keep you occupied. Although tickets up to the top of the tower are somewhat pricey, this is a view like no other especially during high season on a sunny day.