6.24.2014

Japan Adventures // Tokyo Sky Tree


I realized today that I haven't really talked much about our time in Tokyo or my thoughts about Tokyo itself. I have many random photos taken throughout the city that I think I will put into a post sometime soon. There's no better way to vicariously get a feel for a city than through a collection of photos taken in the streets, right? For now though, I wanted to share our visit to the Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo's tallest building that opened in 2012. I now wish that I had gotten a photo of the building itself, but you can view one here to get an idea of what it looks like.
This place is quite the attraction, I must say. We had to wait in a rather long line to purchase tickets and board the elevator to ride to the observation floor, which I believe was around the 350th floor. It is certainly a ways up there!
The view was stunning, to say the least. I loved that you were able to walk around in a circle to get a 360 degree view of Tokyo. The city looks so quiet from all the way up here!
It was also cool to be able to see the river and waterways that flow through Tokyo, as well as the bay. Oh, and that golden bean looking thing between the two buildings? That's the Asahi Beer Hall "Asahi Flame." Kind of funny! It actually reminded me of a gold version of "The Bean" in Chicago's Millennium Park. Do you agree?
There was one area on the observation floor that we could see through glass what was directly below us. Kind of scary, actually! Admittedly, my knees started to shake a bit.
Typical Tokyo. People are always on their phones! Always taking photos, on social media, or playing Candy Crush. In all fairness, I'm sure plenty of people say that about Americans too!
This is my favorite photo from our visit to the Sky Tree. I now wish that I knew these people so I could send them this photo of themselves! I really try to be brave when taking photos of strangers because most of the time they don't even notice me and those photos end up being my favorite, true representation of wherever I happen to be. I like that this girl noticed me just at the last moment and I was able to capture her smile.

We weren't sure if we were going to make it here, but looking back, I am glad that we did. It really gave us a view of Tokyo we wouldn't have otherwise seen, and it is fun to say that we have been.

I'm hoping to share more bits and pieces of Tokyo in the next week or so! It is definitely an interesting and colorful city!


9 comments:

Whitney said...

Hope you're able to show more pics! I love posts like this!

Jess // Foreign Room said...

Working on it! Glad you like this :) I was kind of feeling like I've been dragging out this trip haha

Jess // Foreign Room said...

Yeah you should definitely go! It is a pretty cool place! Hopefully you'll blog about it and I can see what you think about it :)

Danica Pardini said...

350th say what?! That is insane! I couldn't even imagine living in the 30th floor! Wow, what am experience! I really love the shot of the birds eye view of the city....although I kind of have a headache now.....too much city for me! Ha

Ashley said...

These pictures are so beautiful! My husband has traveled to Tokyo and he fell in love with the city. I hope to travel there one day :)

Jess // Foreign Room said...

I know, I know. It's kind of crazy! Haha too much city...

Jess // Foreign Room said...

Thanks Ashley! You definitely should make it a point to get yourself there some day :) It's a pretty cool place and very different than the US!

Lublyou said...

GORGEOUS views! It's always worth it going up high to see far-far away!

Jess // Foreign Room said...

You are so right! At first I wasn't sure if I really wanted to spend the money to do it, but I am now glad that we did!

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