Sky Tree (Picture Book)
October 9, 2011 by sevenbrane
The Sky Tree seen from the Asakusa View Hotel
I have written about the Tokyo Sky Tree
being constructed here
. By now, the Sky Tree has assumed its finished shape. Its interior is not yet ready, the official opening date being spring 2012, but its towering silhouette is already there to stay. With its imposing height of 634m it dominates the skyline from far. Whether you’re on the train to Tokyo from Narita airport
, or in the bay on Odaiba
, the Sky Tree can’t be missed. Flat Kanto has no obstacles to oppose it. Its sleek shape makes it look a bit like a ginormous toy which was left out. Especially when seen from far, it looks almost fake.
The Sky Tree seen from Kappabashihondori during Tanabata
, where the Sky Tree is located, is a mainly residential quarter with few touristic attractions. Naturally, it has already shifted its focus on the new tower and Sky Tree souvenirs are already for sale everywhere. We are eagerly awaiting the Sky Tree-themed Hello Kitty
phone strap to add to our collection.
Also in Asakusa
, the nearby Sky Tree is omnipresent. Kappabashihondori
, a shopping street which is famous especially for Japanese knives, offers an excellent view. Also there, the Sky Tree has already entered the local imagery.
in Asakusa offers a prominent view of the sky tree next to the buildings of the Asahi brewery
across the Sumida river.
Kappa and his girlfriend viewing the Sky Tree - Kappabashihondori
It’s a pity we couldn’t visit the viewing platform of the Sky Tree yet, but going up there is definitely on our to-do list for our future visits in Tokyo.
Reflections of Sunset - The Sky Tree next to the Asahi Beer Hall