If You're Visiting Tokyo Skytree, You Need to Check Out These Cool Spots Nearby

Meet adorable penguins and indulge in delicious Tokyo cuisine!


The Tokyo Skytree
 is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks. Local and foreign tourists visiting Tokyo would typically have this spot in their itineraries.


If you explore the area further, you’ll also find many interesting spots where you can bring your family and friends. In this article, we list down five of the most popular sites near Tokyo Skytree. Don’t forget to add them to your Tokyo itinerary!


Tokyo Skytree


Standing 634 meters tall, the Tokyo Skytree was designed with the image of a large tree, pointing towards the sky, in mind. The tower was built using traditional Japanese architectural techniques, which is quite prominent in the structure’s arcs and camber. 


The view of Tokyo Skytree® from Jikken Bridge. The tower’s exterior design is in an original, Japanese traditional color—the bluish-white aijiro. 


Its
Tembo Deck, located 350 meters above the ground, and Tembo Galleria, at 450 meters, are considered the highest observation decks in Japan. A breathtaking panoramic view of the city awaits anyone who goes to its highest viewing point at 451.2 meters. 


From the observation deck, the city below looks like a miniature model. 


Tokyo Skytree Tembo Deck & Tembo Galleria is located at 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida District, Tokyo. It is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. You may contact them at +81-570-55-0634. Entry to the Tembo Deck starts from ¥2,100 for adults and ¥1,550 for JHS and SHS students. Entry to the Tembo Galleria starts from ¥1,000 for adults and ¥800 for JHS and SHS students. Free entrance for 5 years old and below.


Sumida Aquarium


Among the most popular spots to visit in Tokyo Skytree Town® is the Sumida Aquarium
. It’s easy to forget that you’re in Tokyo once you see the penguins, jellyfish, and colorful goldfish here. 


Look at these adorable Magellanic Penguins!


The magical Kaleidoscope Tunnel is covered with about 5,000 mirrors.


The facility’s Edorium is considered Japan’s largest goldfish exhibit area. 


Modeled after the seas of Ogasawara Islands, the Water’s Blessing Tokyo Tank contains 55 species of sand tiger shark and 550 fishes. 


Spotted garden eels


Fur seals


Sumida Aquarium is located at 5-6F Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida District, Tokyo. It is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. You may contact them at +81-3-5619-1821. Entrance fee costs ¥2,050 for adults, ¥1,500 for SHS students, ¥1,000 for elementary school and JHS students, and ¥600 for 3 years old and above. Free entrance for 2 years old and below. 

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Spice Cafe


If you’re feeling a little hungry, you can head over to
Spice Cafe for lunch. The owner, Mr. Kazuki Ito, traveled to 48 countries to study different kinds of spices. The things he discovered during these travels have inspired him to create the cafe’s original spice dishes. 


The savory Sri Lanka-style shrimp curry and lamb keema are made with coarsely-ground lamb meat and Sichuan pepper. For lunch, you can enjoy two types of curry, from the six kinds that the cafe offers, at  ¥1,400.


The shop is housed inside a 50-year-old traditional Japanese home and serves various curry dishes with the perfect combination of spices and ingredients.


Owner/chef Kazuki Ito uses dozens of spices in his dishes. 


The cafe’s relaxing space is decorated with old, wooden furniture. 


You can find the shop hidden among other houses in a peaceful residential area. 


Spice Cafe is located at 1610 Bunka, Sumida District, Tokyo. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a reserved seat-only course dinner is available from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. It is closed every Monday and Tuesday. You may contact them at +81-3-3613-4020.


Ushijima Shrine


The
Ushijima Shrine was founded in 860 AD by Buddhist leader Ennin to enshrine the local guardian deity, Susano-o no Mikoto. Since ancient times, the people living in the area have deeply revered the deity. 


When you visit the shrine, you’ll find guardian cows seated on both sides of the main hall. The popular
nadeushi is said to help you recover from both physical and spiritual illness if you stroke it with the same body part that is ill. 


The stunning shrine is completely made out of cypress wood.


The nadeushi (a cow statue) is believed to have healing powers. 


Ushijima Shrine is located at 145 Mukoujima, Sumida District, Tokyo. You may contact them at +81-3-3622-0973.


Kasho Aoyagi Seike


The
Kasho (confectionery maker) Aoyagi Seike is a traditional Japanese confectionery shop that was built in 1948. It is believed that former aristocrat Sanetaka Ichijo gave the last two characters of this store’s name—Seike (正家)


The shop’s best selling item is the
Kuri Yokan (¥4,428 per bar) (sweet bean jelly with chestnuts). Sweet red beans from Hokkaido, simmered for one whole day, and large Ginyose chestnuts make up this dessert. 


The soft chestnuts in the Kuri Yokan make it easier to slice the treat into smaller pieces. 

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Aside from this, the
Kiku Monaka (¥648 per two pieces) (chrysanthemum-shaped wafers filled with bean jam) is also a must-try!


Kasho Aoyagi Seike is located at 2159 Mukoujima, Sumida District, Tokyo. You may contact them at +81-3-3622-0028.


Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (25 July 2019)


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