What exactly is Tokyo Sky Tree?

It’s a huge broadcasting tower in Tokyo, more specifically located in Oshiage, Sumida- ku in Tokyo. It became one of the new faces of Tokyo’s tourist destinations and can be seen from a many different points in the city. It’s 634-meters tall and is the world’s tallest free-standing broadcasting tower. The height was chosen with a play on words in Japanese: 634 can be pronounced ‘Musashi’, which is the name of Japan’s most famous swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi.

A Sky tree photo taken from the Oshinari bridge.
Picture taken from the Oshinari bridge.

It is then not very surprising that the tower’s shape is derived from the curve of Japanese traditional sword, the katana. That curve is called sori in Japanese.

The other concept behind the shape of the tower is called muku. It refers to traditional architecture, like the circular design of the five storied pagoda that was built in Nara during the Heian period (about 1200 years ago).

The five storied pagoda in Kofuku-ji temple, Nara

The foot of the sky tree is a triangle, but as you go up, it becomes more circular, so the tower actually looks different from any point.

Here are some original locations to take pictures of the Sky Tree!

1.Take a photo of an inverted SKYTREE!

Inverted Sky Tree
The inverted tower

Looking from the Jikken bridge, you can take photos with the Skytree reflected on to the surface of the water. It’s really beautiful. If you’re a photo buff, you’ll enjoy how it provides you with many different ‘faces’ throughout the day, depending on lighting and weather .

Jikken bridge:5 Narihira to 1 Bunka, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

2.Take a picture of a Skytree sandwich!

The mysterious bronze statue
The mysterious bronze statue

After passing the Tokyo Soramachi mall inside the Skytree, you’ll find an intriguing bronze statue. The secret is that you peep at the Skytree from the foot of it, you’ll get this view!

The Sky Tree and the bronze statue
The Skytree and the bronze statue

The Skytree looks ‘sandwiched’ in the bronze statue!
It’s a little challenging to take this picture correctly but it’s also very fun.

3. Ride on the ‘tradition and modernity’ theme with a picture taken from Oshiagetenso Shrine.

Komainu and the Sky Tree.
Komainu and the SKYTREE.

Mixing Japanese old and new buildings on travel pictures is a classic. To achieve this easily, just get to Oshiagetenso Shrine. It’s is located 5 minutes from Oshiage station.

The entrance
The entrance of Oshiagetenso Shrine

2-13-13 Narihira, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

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1-1-13 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

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Address 1-1-13 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Hours Observation tower 8:00~22:00(21:00) Soramachi B3F~5F 10:00~21:00 6F・7F・30F・31F 11:00~23:00 ※Depends on each shop
Access Hanzomon, Asakusa Line “Oshiage”station/ Tokyo Sky Tree Line “Tokyo Sky Tree”station.
Phone 0570-55-0634
Website http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/