Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Tokyo Sky Tree

One km east of Asakusa, in “my” (and Rurousha’s too) beloved shitamachi; towers the Tokyo Sky Tree.
Its height of 634 meters tall doubles the height of the “merely” 333-meter tall Tokyo Tower. Tokyo Sky Tree is scheduled to open this month and is the world's tallest free-standing broadcast tower. Note the free standing broadcast tower mentioned. Tower. The tallest building is not this tower. Get over it.

The tower has two observatories: The First Observatory is at 350 meters level and the Second Observatory at 450 meters level, both of which command splendid wraparound views of Tokyo.
The SkyTree can be seen from many places and angles. Among them is a reflection of the tower on the water of the river seen from Jukken Bridge, which is located east side of the tower, as is the tower itself.
OK… so I have no idea whether this shots were taken on the bridge mentioned above, but there were sure plenty of photographers getting their perfect reflection shot when we were there!
To the west, you can see the real tower and a reflection of it in the gold wall of the Asahi Beer building.
This, taken from across the Sumida River. Zaini sure has an artsy eye because we found this same angle shot in a Japanese magazine recently! (If you must know the location: it’s between Shirahige Bridge and Azuma Bridge).

This and other spots around the tower have already been attracting many people who want to see and take photos of the Sky Tree. Travel agencies are conducting various tours to see the tower and, I guess for the very adventurous, you can take a tour by helicopter and see what it looks like from the sky at 600 meters. I suppose the shitamachi will be inundated with visitors from now on, if not before! Good for the neighbourhood’s economy but not good for selfish me who’d rather have the shitamachi all to myself! Heh!

I’m thinking of putting up a weekly Sky Tree post this month; on 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd (if I can dig enough photos and ramble enough stories to accompany the photos, that is). What say you?

By the way, it IS opening on May 22nd right?

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  1. What say you? I says yes! :D I'm sure you can think of three more topics: walking around Sky Tree, running around Sky Tree, kissing & hugging Sky Tree ...

    That last photo is perfectly framed. Zaini, respect!

    Yup, it opens on the 22nd, but only advance bookings (via lucky draw) are available in the first three weeks. Ordinary tickets can be bought from 10 July onwards. Read more about buying tickets here.

    I'll go - I won't be able to stay away - but I've promised myself I won't go up till next autumn, when the air is crisp and clear. ^^

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    1. I've got Sky Tree from Sumida River, Sky Tree from the road, etc... hahaha I should have gotten a shot "hugging" the tree. ;p

      That photo - right? Pity about the blemish (the black dot in the photos) though. I didn't do anything about it. Too lazy. Hu~ Also, I never touch up my photos,other than resizing them. ^^!

      I guess its best that way. Imagine the mess it would be, when visitors are turned away. Though I suppose it won't be that bad as this is Japan. But I'm remembering how bad the crowd was when Hong Kong Disneyland first opens and how angry the crowd was when they can't enter/buy the day's ticket.

      Can't wait for autumn and see lots and lots of photos of the view from the Sky Tree from you!

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    2. Further suggestions: Sky Tree from bridges, Sky Tree while wearing pink running shoes, and Sky Tree and Raimie. :D

      I predict mind-boggling queues. I'll sneak into the area via the back roads just to take photos of the queues and the crowds, but ... I'm very curious to see the entire complex, so maybe I'll go for a quick recce early on a weekday morning. ^^

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    3. Duly noted, madam. ^^

      Yes! Yes! Yes! Photos of the massive crowd would be great (and generate more hype to the tower). :)

      On a weekday morning? What time do people start queuing there? And what time do you go to work? o.O

      Anyway, can I just tell you that I am soooooooooooooooo envious of you?

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    4. Tokyo Sky Tree was lit up about a week or so ago for testing. Fully lit this time. Too bad I didn't have time to get pictures. Lots of helicopters were flying around though.

      This weekend, they will light up Sky Tree again. There is the Tokyo Hotaru festival in Asakusa that ends with a small light show floating down the Sumida River. I'll be there and hopefully have some pictures of Tokyo Sky Tree. :)

      PS: Thanks for the reminder on another Sky Tree post. I guess I'll join you with a post on the 22nd. Just gotta write it. :D

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    5. OOo that's nice. The lit tower, I mean. The hovering helicopters must be a tad distracting for the residents nearby.

      A post on Sky Tree and the Tokyo Hotaru festival, I hope? :)

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    6. Lina, I'm lucky: I have some weekday mornings free (when I teach afternoon and evening classes). When do people start queueing? If it's a new Apple product or a new Louis Vuitton store, the previous night!

      Dru, you're my hero for telling me about the Hotaru Festival! (Not sure what The Hero with capital letters would say about that, but never mind. Grin.) Now we must keep our fingers crossed that it doesn't rain. We went from winter to rainy season apparently overnight.

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    7. Darling,
      How dare you have too many heroes in your life! Muekeke

      So I'm presuming I'll be able to read about Hotaru Festival from the two of you... soon, I hope? ;)

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    8. Ru: Hope Ru is okay. ;) If not, guess I'll change it next time but glad to be of service. The forecast says it should be okay. I know what you mean about rainy season. Gonna have a wet dog tonight.

      Lina: I think the earliest would be the 15th. Keep an eye out for it. Might be later if I run out of time with work and all. Besides, I think Tokyo Sky Tree will take first priority. :P

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    9. Dru & Ru, you two are my heroes! ;)

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    10. Dru & Ru? We sound like a manzai act! :D

      Dru, Ru is perfectly acceptable.

      Lina, I'll go, but I'm useless with night-time photography. (+_+)

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    11. PS: Can a woman ever have enough heroes? ;)

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    12. I tried to think what rhymes with Dru & Ru. can't figure anything yet. xD

      Says you... Show me some nightime photos again, and we'll talk at length about your skill. Deal? ;)

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    13. Yes you can but make sure the top hero knows he's top of the bunch. kikiki

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    14. Love manzai. :)

      I'll do my best with the photos. Will have my good camera, but I have a picnic before going there at night, so I may not be able to walk straight, let alone hold my camera straight. Will do my best. ^^

      PS: Being a hero is fun, but not The Hero. I leave that to others. Besides, I'm already a slave for my dog as is, so not sure how often I can be a "hero". ;)

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  2. It will soon or probably has already become an icon of Tokyo. Must be fun trying to spot it from various parts of Tokyo. I'll be sure to get lots of shots next year when I'm back :)

    Japan Australia

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    1. I haven't been much to any other parts of Tokyo, so can't say much about spotting it at other places other than Asakusa. ;)

      I hope you get lots of photos and share with us! ^^

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    2. I'll be sure to get lots of pics and will show them off proudly :)

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    3. Don't forget to include us when you show them off! xD

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  3. Hello! I found your blog by reading Rurousha's blog! Wow..that is a TALL building! I'm afraid of going up in tall buildings in earthquake prone areas and I'm sure I'd never even enter it's doors! Thankfully there are folks who are not as chicken as I am (like you) and will take pictures from way up in the clouds for the rest of us fraidy-cats to see! That is really something! All I can say is "WOW!"

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    1. Lucky you've got Rurousha to share the photos soon! ^^

      I've got vertigo myself but if I can, I'd like to go up the Sky Tree.

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    2. Heh. I'll have to go on that recce, ah? ;)

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    3. Yes, you must lah.

      Wouldn't want to disappoint your number 1 fan, right? So you go tomorrow ah? Take lotsa photo ah. Nice ones. ^^

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    4. No can do. It's raining cats and dogs today. Or should that be Hello Kitties and tanukis? ;)

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    5. Hahaha

      That would be a sight. ;p

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  4. Last time I saw Tokyo Sky Tree was nearly 2 years ago while it was under construction. I really want to go to the 450m observatory. I love being up that high :)

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    1. I would love too.

      But my bet is, I'd be too stingy and frugal to pay my way up there.

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    2. What?! Woman, I will drag you up there, kicking and screaming, if I have to. You can't come to Tokyo again and NOT go up! Merepek! Hmph.

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    3. You know I can run rather well, don't you? I can always run away from you! LOL

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    4. I will launch a ninja attack and levitate you! :-p

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    5. It would be worth the view to go up just once, I think. I've been up to the top of Landmark Tower 3 times and Tokyo Tower 3 times now.

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    6. I will fight back with "silat". Ha! That'll get you pre-occupied a bit. I bet you'll search for silat right after reading this, Rurousha! *evil laugh*

      @jaydee,
      That's a LOT of visits up to the two towers. I have yet been in/on top the Landmark Tower. Only once on Tokyo Tower. Twice in Metropolitan Building. :)

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    7. You are a cruel, cruel woman. :D

      Fascinating stuff. I didn't know about silat. OKbai I want to read more.

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    8. I know.

      But as I always say to Zaini when he complained, that's what make me so *ahem* charming and adorable. Muahaha!!!

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  5. May 22nd is right. I'm also looking forward to visiting an aquarium in Sky Tree.

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    1. Are you taking your daughters along? ^^

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  6. There's someting fascinating about seeing tall buildings, so i agree. But also, I prefer to be inside the tall building, so I can see the world around it.

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    1. Tall buildings with interesting architecture and equally interesting background story is always fascinating. :)

      I'm with you. I'd love to see the world beyond the tower by being high up in it too. ^^

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  7. weekly post is good for this! :) looking forward to the next one

    Latest: More than BIG Breakfast

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  8. Ohh, many many pics of the tower~

    This, must give more credits to the photographer for capturing the new tall tower.

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    1. Photographer will get obnoxious about his skill if we give him too muh credit.

      I can't stand obnoxious people other than myself. muahaha

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  9. But, but, should have wait for the river to keep still before snapping the reflection of the tower.

    Now I see the tower semacam ikan belut in the river, kekeke~

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    1. But I got show the river already in previous posts! You yang tak baca. huhuhu

      xD

      Belut = unagi. (Rurousha, taking note?)
      Well, time to eat unagi soon as hot summer days approaching. ;)

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    2. Old aunty cannot remember clearly. Near-dementia already.

      Moreover after long holidays, brain is not functioning well, especially doing lots of spamming kau-kau in SK's blog.

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    3. Yalah you.... spam kau-kau SK blog, you neglected our comments at YOUR blog! LOL

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  10. 4 posts on the Sky Tree? Yes, you're most welcome!

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    1. 3 left for 8th, 15th and 22nd. ;)

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  11. love the 2nd picture of the reflection!

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