Ueno park was our first stop during that Saturday morning. The park was not as crowded as it was few years ago when cherry trees were blossoming. This was at the very beginning of “Sakura” season and funny enough, Ueno park has very limited play areas to kids, the kids can roam free, but no real play grounds for them to climb or swing for example.
After a good time at the play area next to a tourist packed Tokyo´s Senso-ji temple area, the evening started to settle and we decided to visit the Tokyo Sky Tree, which is a 634 meters television broadcasting, restaurant and an observation tower. We jumped on the train from Asakusa station for 2 stops before reaching the basement of Sky tree.
Sky Tree also has a big indoor shopping area at the base of the tower (Sky Tree Town).
We visited this popular landmark on a Saturday evening before heading to Haneda airport and catch back a night flight to Dubai. We kept our baggage at Hamamatsucho metro station after checking out from the accommodation. This was a convenient solution; to enjoy the attractions and having the luggages somewhere there where we had good connection options to these attractions and the airport train.
There was a separate lane for tourists! NO lines, well, yes, 10 minutes instead of 50 minutes. That can make a big difference when trying to keep kids entertained (and behave) on a lane. You pay a little extra for this express option but well worth it.
Amazing view, but disappointing at the same time. It was impossible to get close to the windows as the trend there had a photographer for group pictures with different kind of theme by each window. We did not let that disturb us, took a very fast round and went 5 floors down and enjoyed the UNBLOCKED view over Tokyo. The glass floor area was also very popular and a interesting experience looking straight down. I could not help myself thinking “what if the glass cracks right now..!?”
As always in Japan, even in a crowd, everything went smoothly and a word “sophisticated” can be used since most of the people at Sky Tree were Japanese. The nation who simply knows how to stay in line, better than any other nation.
As a foreigner, you get the access to FAST TRACK LANE at a separate entrance, remember your passport show you can show your tourist visa inside it!
(Prices vary, as you can purchase your ticket online or at the Sky Tree.)