Belle Michelle
Sensō-ji temple Hondō

Japan: Tokyo – Skytree & Asakusa

Tokyo was actually our first stop in Japan before going on to Bunny Island, Hiroshima and Kyoto. We initially stayed there for a couple of days to get over the jetlag and to get our bearings before moving on, and came back later for the end of our trip…

Tokyo Skytree

The first proper day we were in Tokyo, we needed something not too challenging to do as we were jetlagged up to our eyeballs, so we thought we would go and find Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world! We figured we’d probably be able to get a pretty good view of Tokyo from up there.

View of Tokyo Skytree from the street

The place is a blatant tourist trap with an overwhelmingly huge shopping centre at the bottom. But we were tourists so of course we were going to explore it! After purchasing our tickets, we had a wander through the shopping centre whilst waiting for our timeslot, and I had some green tea ice cream 🙂 I also discovered Calpis from a vending machine. Game changer.

Entrance to Tokyo Skytree Looking up at Tokyo Skytree from the bottom

We ate lunch at a place called World Beer Museum (yes, fabulous name), which had this awesome view from the outside seating area:

View of train tracks and buildings from Skytree shopping area

The time came to climb the tower, so up we went. I say ‘climb’ but it was actually a collection of elevators 😉

Tokyo Skytree logo Tourists climbing Tokyo Skytree View out of windows from the top of Tokyo Skytree

Being able to see the city laid out below me like that really made me realise where I was – and that was a fantastic moment.

Aerial view of Tokyo from Tokyo Skytree Aerial view of Tokyo and Sumida river View from Tokyo Skytree viewing platfrom

Standing in of the observation area – just to prove I was there 😉 Writing this in winter is really making me pine for summer and warmth again!

Michelle at top of Tokyo Skytree

Highest point of the (human accessible) part of the tower – 451.2m (entire tower’s height is 634m).

Highest point of Tokyo Skytree - 634m

Asakusa

Arriving back in Tokyo after our travelling, our very last hostel of the journey was in Asakusa (pronounced Asak-sa), a bustling tourist area with pedestrian shopping areas and buildings belonging to the Sensō-ji temple. So the first evening, we took a wander in the fading light.

Pedestrian shopping street in Asakusa

The shops along the main shopping strip (Nakamise) were closing up for the day, and there were groups of school kids around. We got quizzed by some kids who were clearly on a school trip, asking questions to foreigners about where they were from and where they were visiting in Tokyo. It was very cute 🙂

People and school children roaming the shopping street (Nakamise-dōri) of Asakusa People roaming the shopping street (Nakamise-dōri) of Asakusa People roaming the shopping street (Nakamise-dōri) of Asakusa

Contrast with the pagoda of the Sensō-ji temple in Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree – we couldn’t seem to get away from that thing!

Pagoda of the Sensō-ji temple and Tokyo Skytree in the background Sensō-ji temple Pagoda Pagoda of the Sensō-ji temple behind trees

A pretty garden and a stream…

Garden within the Asakusa district

The Hondō (main hall) of the Sensō-ji temple…

Sensō-ji temple Hondō Sensō-ji temple Hondō Sensō-ji temple Hondō and Tokyo Skytree Sensō-ji temple Hondō

The Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) of the temple, with giant lanterns hanging over the entrance…

Sensō-ji temple Hozōmon and Tokyo Skytree in distance Sensō-ji temple Hozōmon Back view of lantern on Hozōmon at Asakusa Sensō-ji temple Hozōmon back view Sensō-ji temple Hozōmon front view
© Michelle Dinan 2017