Japan: What does it cost to get the big views atop Tokyo Skytree?

Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

The Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest communications tower, opened Tuesday. Twice the height of the Eiffel Tower, it stands 2,080 feet tall (only Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is taller at 2,716 feet) with observation decks that offer amazing views of the densely packed Japanese capital.

So how much does that view cost? Visitors going to the Tembo Deck at 1,148 feet above the city pay $31.25 for adults and $25 for children 12 to 17 from now until July 10 (and you have to buy tickets in advance and online with a credit card issued in Japan, according to Skytree website). Starting July 11, same-day ticket prices drop to $25 for adults and $18 for children.

But if you want to continue to the Tembo Gallery, the observation deck with a glassed-in sky walk at 1,476 feet, it will cost you an additional $12 for adults and $10 for children.


Here’s how the price stacks up to other view-worthy landmarks:

The Burj Khalifa has an observation deck called At the Top. It costs $27 for adults and $20 for children 4 to 12, its website says.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, which is 1,062 feet tall including the antennas at the top, sells tickets that take you to the first and second floors as well as the top floor (905 feet). It costs $17 for adults and $15 for ages 12 to 24.