Lower Skytree deck draws millionth visitor

Kyodo

Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest broadcast tower at 634 meters, welcomed the millionth visitor to its 350-meter-high main observation deck Wednesday, its operator said.

The threshold was crossed by a family from Nagano Prefecture — Rena Tanaka, 38, and her children, Ryuto, 12, and Sana, 7. After receiving a commemorative Skytree model, Ryuto said, “I would like to go up soon and have a look at Tokyo, which should look like a miniature plastic model.”

Due to the intense heat in the capital, the tower operator has been providing canopies and mist generators for visitors without reservations who line up outside to buy tickets.

According to the operator, by July 19, less than two months after opening to the public, more than 10 million people had visited Tokyo Skytree Town, the new commercial complex featuring the landmark tower in Sumida Ward.

The operator expects 5.4 million people to go up to the main observation deck in the first year. The deck, leading up to the 450-meter upper observation deck, called Tembo Galleria, has been popular not only for its 360-degree view but for a straight-down peek through a glass section of its floor.

Although the operator initially limited admission to the 350-meter-high deck to visitors with reservations, it has been selling about 10,000 same-day tickets per day since July 11.

A separate ticket must be purchased for access to the 450-meter upper observation deck.