As of its opening to the public on the 22nd of May 2012, Tokyo Skytree is the tallest tower in the world at 634 metres, and the second tallest man-made structure after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. On a clear day, you can see up to 70 kilometres away from the top.
Although it contains no offices or housing units, the Skytree is more than a tourist attraction: Tokyo badly needed a new broadcasting tower, as the 332 metre Tokyo Tower (completed in 1958) was no longer sufficient.
There are two observation decks: the Tembo Deck at 350 metres, and the all-glass Tembo Galleria at 450 metres. Tickets for the Galleria cannot be reserved in advance and must be purchased at the Skytree’s ticket counter.
Skytree Fast Tickets are a special type of ticket available only to foreign tourists (and Japanese people accompanying foreign tourists). Although more expensive than regular tickets, they allow holders to skip the line and ascend the tower more quickly. The tickets are sold at a separate ticket counter on the 4th floor. A passport is required at the time of purchase.