The newest addition to the capital's skyline, Tokyo Sky Tree soars 634 meters high and gives the best panoramic views of the city. On a clear day you can't quite see infinity, but you should get a glimpse of Mt. Fuji.
Tokyo Skytree Station is accessible via the Tobu Skytree Line from Asakusa.
Getting off at Tokyo Skytree Station drops you right at the base of the tower complex, Tokyo Skytree Town. You can also take the Asakusa, Hanzomon, or Keisei Oshiage lines to Oshiage Station. Alternatively, Sky Tree is a 20-minute walk across the river from Asakusa.
For those who wish to ride to the top, the entrance and ticket counters are located on the 4th floor of Tokyo Skytree Town.
Opened in May 2012, the Sky Tree has swiftly become a new major symbol of Tokyo, visible from almost anywhere in the city. When it was completed, it was the tallest tower in the world, and is still the tallest structure in Japan. Located within walking distance of Asakusa, you can easily combine a visit to both and experience the traditional and modern sides of Japanese architecture in one afternoon.
There are two decks open to the public. The Tembo Deck (350m) and Tembo Galleria (450m) offer jaw-dropping views from morning to night, when the city lights glitter like jewels below. Adrenaline junkies should try walking on the Galleria's 110m-long glass floor, to experience the illusion of levitating in mid-air.
No need to worry if you are afraid of heights, there are plenty of other interesting things to see around Tokyo Skytree Town. Explore Tokyo Solamachi's 300 shops and restaurants, many of which sell tasty treats shaped like the tower above. Make sure to take a twirl around the 4th and 5th floors, dedicated to all things Japan-related, including green tea, chef's knives, and Hello Kitty.
You can chill out by the tanks of the Sumida Aquarium, travel to outer space in the Tenku Planetarium, or send a postcard with a special Sky Tree stamp from the Postal Museum.