Day one wasn’t going to end at Asakusa. We still had more to explore. Up next was the Tokyo Skytree. Also called the Taitou-Skytree. It’s roughly 1 km, 0.62 miles, from Asakusa. We decided to make the walk, rationalizing walking would be a central theme of our trip anyway. Unavoidable and good for our health.
While on our way we stopped to eat. We were way too curious for our own good and ended up eating at what was possibly a company cafeteria. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But let’s save that story for another post. As we continued walking we passed through Taito City – Sumida Park, a mini shrine and were able to walk through neighborhoods. After snapping a few pictures it was “forward march” to Skytree.
Location: Sumida near Taito
Activity: Tokyo Skytree (Taitou-Skytree) and Pokémon Center Skytree Town.
There is SO much to do at Skytree but let’s be upfront here we went to Skytree to visit the Pokémon Center. Now for even more honesty, we didn’t even know there was more to Skytree than just an observation deck. We meet up with a friend who was keen on visiting the Pokémon Center and to our amazement, this broadcasting tower is also a shopping and dining area. There is even an aquarium, planetarium, park and museum. At night the tower lights up in an amazing LED light display.
Inside Tokyo Skytree
There are so many stores and restaurants, over 300, and a lot to do. Unlike the observation decks, you don’t need a pass to go shopping.
The first store we visited was the Pokémon Center. Our friend was beyond eager and it was best to make it a priority store. We needed to avoid the lure of other shops as we scaled up via the escalators. The store was easy to spot with Pokémon characters on the outside. We did a bit of light shopping and grabbed a Pokémon from a gashapon, popular capsule toy vending machine dispenser.
One particular shop we visited was the The Kabuki Face Mask by Isshindo Honpo, Inc. It’s a fun and humorous beauty mask shop. Not only were the masks awesome to look at but they’re also made from high-quality ingredients. We brought a Chopper mask, a character from One Piece. They had a visualizer display where you can have fun “trying” on different masks as images of the masks displayed on your face. Think Instagram and Snapchat filter.
Since pictures may not be enough this 31-second video is a nice look inside Skytree.
食 – 遊 – 感 | Eat – Play – Feel
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Tokyo Skytree (Taitou-Skytree)
1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0045, Japan
[1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0045, Japan]
The observation deck is open from 08:00 to 22:00 (8 am to 10 pm).
Tokyo Skytree Tembo Deck last admission is 21:00 (9 pm).
Tokyo Skytree Tembo Galleria last admission is 21:20 (9:20 pm).
Store hours are 8:30 – 21:45 (8:30 am – 9:45 pm).
Most cafes and restaurants are open from 8:00 – 21:45 (8 am – 9:45 pm) and take last orders at 21:15 (9:15 pm). The exception being “Tokyo Cuisine” on Tembo Deck Floor 345 operating from 11:00 – 23:00 (11 am – 11 pm) taking last orders at 20:30 (8:30 pm).