Thursday, 25 October 2012

Tokyo Sky Tree 東京スカイツリー

I've had pretty interesting question asked by the people around me such as "If I am visiting Japan, should I go to Kyoto or Tokyo?"

Well the reason for this question being asked is because AirAsia flies to either Kansai Airport in Osaka, or Haneda (Narita) Airport in Tokyo.

I have only been to Japan twice and I am far from being an expert on Japan's tourism knowledge but from personal experience, I would say Tokyo because the main attractions are there, at least for me.  Kyoto I would say is more for people who enjoys sightseeing or visiting historical places.  I am not saying that I do not enjoy sightseeing but I just find myself more attracted to Tokyo because there are endless places that you can go to! 

Like for this trip, there would be separate posts about the specific places that I've been to so that you can judge for yourself!



#1  Taken at the very same spot, around 4 p.m. and around 9 p.m.  Sunset in Tokyo during winter is around 5.30 p.m. and sunrise is about 5.30 a.m. :D


As you can see, first post this time would be my visit to Sky Tree (東京スカイツリー) !  It's a very newly opened attraction and is the second tallest tower in the world standing at 634.0 metre in its full height and the tower is open to the public ever since May this year!  Well when it first open, everyone's so excited about it be it the locals or the tourist that the tickets to enter the tower is full for the entire first 2 months!  Even up till August, it would be best if you pre-book the tickets if you want to enter the tower.

Even we pre-book the tickets because you'll never know when the tickets will be sold out!  So for those of you who are interested in going, please be informed that there are actually 2 types of tickets that you can buy.  One is for the 350 metre view or if you want more, you can purchase the more expensive ticket and it takes you up all the way to 450 metre.

Lets begin the tour with me!!


#2 Yada yada, I can't help but request a picture of this cause it says SKY TREE! =P


#3  Random spot outside Tokyo Solamachi.  Tokyo Solamachi is the shopping mall for Tokyo Sky Tree :D


#4  The Tokyo Sky Tree Ticket Booth!  This is for those who didn't book their tickets beforehand and you should have seen the queue that day!  Too bad I don't have a picture of that.  I feel very bad to just point my camera at the crowd of people and snap random photoes of them :<


#5  How the tickets looks like <3

After getting your tickets, you have to go out of the Ticket Booth to go to the dedicated entrance.  I think there are around 6 entrances for people who comes at different time.  Oh this works like movie tickets, they have multiple time slot per day so if the morning tickets are sold out, you could try for the evening ones.  Prices does not differ for different time slot :D  And there are no time limit after you enter in case you are wondering about this.


Yosh! You don't just walk up to 350 metre or 450 metre!  You obviously have to take the lift and there are Sky Tree officers controlling each  lift so that they can limit the amount of people that can enter the lift at one time.  Plus, they will push the open, close and floor button for you so all you have to do is stand there and wait for your turn, walk in and ta-da!  You are at 350 metre or 450 metre! <3


#6 Sky Tree Officers Uniform <3 (Including the shoes)



#7  What's this?

Lol, take a wild guess what's this.  Lights?  Ceilings?  Well you are partially right.  This is actually the interior design of the lift and the lights illuminates as it the lift moves!!  It could be really bright or it will black out completely and then light up again!  It's just superbly pretty.  Once you enter the lift and it starts moving, everyone whips their camera or cellphones out to take pictures of the interior design of a lift because it's just so pretty and just one short fact:  Every lift has a different interior design =P



#8  The sight that greeted us.  I will give you 10 seconds to enlarge the picture just so you can look at it more.  Looks like a freaking wallpaper right?

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HOW WAS IT?  DID IT TOOK YOUR BREATH AWAY?  It certainly did with mine! I honestly fell in love with that place immediately.  Like. fell.  in.  love.



#9  That orange blob is actually the Tokyo Tower!


#10  Okay, this pictures is actually very special.  You see the drawing of mountains and sea and this particular glass pane?  It actually shows the past and the present of this exact place.  The drawing is how this place use to look like and the view you are looking at right now is how they have developed Japan into.  Japanese people are amazing right?  Well look at picture #11 and #12 below, it's the bigger and clearly version of the two <3



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#13  They even provide interactive screens to show the visitors the process of this whole area developing from mountains and rivers to what it is today.  Well, the view is still the most important thing of course <3



#14 More view of the sunset.  That's MOUNT FUJI  by the way <3


#15  They even have specially decorated Halloween Glass Pane!  Some of them even says Tokyo Sky Tree <3

Okay, all the above picture are taken at 350 metre.  The below pictures are taken at 450 metre.



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 #18  Me and my two most beloved person on the Earth.  Going there with them is more than a dream come true.  It's way beyond that and I just don't know how to describe it in words.




 #19  Lastly, they even put up a special show for us visitors!  For a short period of time, certain words will appear on the glass pane and then disappear and change to other words.  Don't worry, just so you don't miss out anything, I actually took a video of it!  Watch it, it's only 30 seconds lol, I am sure it's worth your time <3  (If possible watch it in HD :D  Cause it's recorded in Full HD hehehe)






Well other than pictures taken by me, below are 5 really wonderful pictures taken by my Godbrother which paints to you the view from Sky Tree in a totally different angle and perspective <3




#20  See how he manage to capture the beauty of the lift?


#21  View from 450 metre 


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#23  I personally like this Panorama picture a lot.  You must must must view this picture in a bigger size!  It's just so amazing.


#24  When we were leavin we spotted this really cute and artistic wall so I couldn't resist and requested a picture of me with it =P

Well that's it folks!  I hope Tokyo Sky Tree mesmerizes you as much as it mesmerized me and if you are in Tokyo, you now know a must go destination!

I will be posting other places that I've visited so far in Japan this time and they are all pretty interesting places I would say so stay tune for more surprises!