Location: Japan, 〒131-0045 Tokyo, Sumida, Oshiage, 1 Chome−1−2
Japan has a thing for building towers. Nearly every major city has a tower of their own for you to climb and observe the surroundings. Full confession: I generally hate going in them. Taking a confined elevator to a tight space high above the world around you triggers my anxiety like nothing else. And, with Japan being an earthquake prone country, tall buildings (including these towers) are built to sway in the breeze, so as to better absorb the shock of occasional tremors.
All that to say, when I see something like this: I get particularly nervous.
So, when we first arrived in Tokyo and were skirted away by friends to Tokyo Skytree, Japan’s latest monument to tall towers and the tallest tower in the world, I was plenty anxious. But I should not have been. The elevators were plenty spacious and “shimmy free.” In fact, the interior of each elevator is themed to one of the seasons of Japan, and you’re treated to a light show as you ascend 350 meters to the observation platform. I regret I didn’t get any pictures of this, but there are some other images taken by others here.
We did, however, arrive at night, and we were able to get some great nightscape images of Tokyo, including some shots with Tokyo Tower, Skytree’s much smaller “older brother” in the distance.
Travel websites warn about crowds, having to get a number and wait for it to come up before you wait in line and ascend… but arriving at night, we didn’t have to deal with any of that. All we had to do was buy a ticket, and ascend.