While it is necessary to explore the backstreets and local hangouts of a city to really get a taste of the culture, people, and what makes a country unique, sometimes you also want to dapple in the super touristy stuff, especially when it is your first time in a new place.
Tokyo is home to two towers that give you that ‘top of the world’, or in this case Tokyo, view. And while you can see basically the same view from each tower we decided to climb our way to the top of both. And by climb I mean take an elevator, because I don’t think you can actually use the stairs.
Our first tower was Skytree which is a broadcasting tower for the Kanto area in Tokyo. Once you reach the top you get an amazing 360 view of the city. And let me tell you, if you thought Tokyo was a big city from ground level you can’t even imagine how far it stretches until you see it from 450 m up. There is also a section of glass floor which if you are brave enough to step on give you a nice view of just how far up you are. I am not afraid of heights but I am afraid of falling and glass floors are not my favourite thing.
While we were in Tokyo, the world was very obsessed with Star Wars which had just been released a couple weeks prior to our visit and Japan was not immune to the craze. On the first observation deck was a wonderful Star Wars exhibit, featuring action figures of the main stars, a guess-how-many-storm troopers-there-are display and the posters of all of the episodes on the wall.
After exploring Skytree and trying to get a glimpse of Mount Fuji (too many clouds), we headed over to Tokyo Tower, which to me looks like an orange and white Eiffel Tower.
As with Skytree, Tokyo Tower offered a great view of the city. Just next to the tower was the Zojoji Temple complex which we decided to walk around once we had our fill of the city from above. The temple was founded in 1393 and relocated to its current site in 1598. Its amazing to see such architectural contrasts of a orange and white tower and a traditional temple.
While both places are touristy, it was fun to experience them. We decided to go to both, although the view from each was the same.
Have you ever been to Tokyo? What touristy things did you do?