If plans for the Sky Mile Tower in Tokyo are approved, it will become the tallest building in the world, with a height that will be twice that of the current champion, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. At a proposed height of 1600 meters — 1 mile, hence the name — it will be taller than even the Jeddah Tower, which is on course to be the world’s tallest once ongoing construction is completed. The Sky Mile Tower complex will be built in Tokyo Bay and will include such cool stuff as hexagon-shaped wave-breakers that will double as freshwater reservoirs and urban farming plots.
Looks like something out of the future, doesn’t it?
The present Tokyo skyline isn’t too shabby either. The day after my trip to Lake Kawaguchi, I found my way to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building to get a good aerial view of the city. (Yes, after getting lost 3 times in 24 hours, I actually successfully found my way to something for once. 😀 Although it took me a surprisingly long time to get there — longer than it should have, I think — following signs in the underground walkways from Shinjuku station to the TMGB, so don’t give me too much credit.)
- Tokyo Skytree 350 m observatory – ¥2,060 (PHP 846)
- Tokyo Skytree 450 m observatory – ¥1,030 (PHP 423)
- Tokyo Tower Main Observatory (150 m) – ¥900 (PHP 370)
- Tokyo Tower Special Observatory (250 m) – ¥700 (PHP 288)
In contrast, going up the towers of the TMGB is completely free. There are two towers — North and South — each with an observation deck at the 45th level.
- North Observation Deck
- Opening hours: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
- Closed on the second and fourth Monday of every month
- South Observation Deck
- Opening hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., except when the North deck is closed, in which case it closes at 11:00 p.m.
- Closed on the first and third Tuesday of every month
Note that, every day, either one of the observation decks will remain open till late at night so you can come (or come back — doesn’t matter, it’s free) in the evening to see the city lights. On a clear day, you can see Mount Fuji from the TMBG. And the TMBG complex itself is beautiful (that’s its courtyard in the photo above) so it’s a winner in all fronts.
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