Towering at 634 meters, the Tokyo Sky Tree now marks as an iconic landmark in Tokyo. This broadcast communication tower has been an engineering wonder, combining traditional and intricate Japanese structural design techniques with modern-day architectural elegance. Aside from its tall stature, the Tokyo Sky Tree also has two observation decks, the Tembo Deck and the Tembo Gallery, dubbed as one of the highest in the world and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Also, the Tembo Gallery is touted as the “world highest skywalk,” with an all-glass window and a ramp.
Though the thought of heights may send you dizzy and trigger acrophobia (fear of heights), Tokyo Sky Tree has more to offer. Here, guests can experience Japanese culinary delights while enjoying a fantastic skyline view of the metropolis. 634 Musashi Sky Restaurant serves Japanese dishes prepared using exquisite French cooking techniques. Lunch can cost from ¥4,500 to ¥6,000 while dinner sets priced at ¥12,000 to ¥15,000. Also, cap off your meals with some tea and dessert at the Skytree Café located at the 350th and 340th floors of the Tokyo Sky Tree. Uniquely offered in the 340th-floor branch for ¥700 is the Sora Chan Parfait with its blue jello depicting the clear blue skies enveloping the Sky Tree on a sunny day. Also, a special treat is the Tepenpen Sundai for a traditional Japanese Houji tea jello served with soft cream at ¥750 per serving.
If you opt to enjoy the Skytree’s glory while exploring the Skytree Town, one can cap off their stroll by stopping some nearby grub hubs. For ¥2,000, one can have a delicious, filling curry-filled pastries at the Tokyo Curry Lab. The nearby Tokyo Solamachi is also a host to several must-try food places mainly found at the 3rd floor Solamachi Tabe-Terrace Food Court, and the Solamachi Dining at the Skytryee View at the 30th and 31st floor of the building, which offers dining with a view. One of the must-visit places in this area is the Shokkan Solamachi-ten, which serves dinner as early as 5:00 p.m. Shokkan’s menu includes omakase meals (chef’s choice) and set meals with prices ranging from ¥5000 to ¥7000. The restaurant also offers izakaya style dining perfect with sake or sochu.
Sushi lovers unite and head on to the 6th floor of Tokyo Solamachi for some sink in your teeth sushi goodness served at Kaiten Sushi Toriton. For those who wish to enjoy authentic Japanese food, particularly miso, head on to the 7th floor of the Solamachi and relish a wonderful feast from the Edomirakuchaya Solamachi-tei. This restaurant also features several miso-infused dishes like Miso Roast Cutlet on Rice and Edo Sweet Miso. For fried meat lovers out there, Tonkatsu Shinjuku Saboten at Solamachi is the place to dine in. Here, they offer various tonkatsu dishes at affordable prices. A classic since 1760, the egg and chicken on rice dish of Tamahide Ichino located on the 7th floor of the Solamachi. For those with sweet tooth cravings, head on to Gion Tsujiri at the 6th floor of Salamachi for some mouthwatering green tea parfait, soft creams, and their bestseller Tsujiri Tree Soft Cream.
Relax during a cool day or cap off a night of visit at the Sky Tree over a cup of coffee at the nearby Unlimited Coffee Bar. This quaint coffee joint was a business extension of barista training center. And as the name dictates, the shop serves various espresso-based drinks that are either hot or cold. Also, customers can even choose the type of roast they want on their beverage. For espresso drinks with milk, the baristas will pour the milk upon serving the order to the guests. The café also serves snacks to pair with your drinks.
The Tokyo Skytree, an architectural marvel that is both a magnificent structure and functional broadcast tower, is also a food hub where both locals and tourists can relax and enjoy the various Japanese flavors while savoring the Tokyo skyline view.
Aleli is a wanderlust whose main itinerary is to culture soak in the places that she sets foot on, sinking her teeth in the gustatory offerings that the place has to offer and knowing the story behind it. Food for her is a marriage of the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the rich history of every city she explores and uses the pen as her tool to share to the world each unique experience she unravels.