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|Angry Godzilla with the Tokyo Skytree model - noooo, it just got built! by Tostzilla|
This is a very pretty tower that is all lit up with LEDs at night and can change color. All tall buildings should light up at night! Hong Kong is particularly good at this. I just kind of wish this giant tree also had some branches with holographic leaves or something - that would have been pretty cool. The Japanese have a ton of myth and anime / video game symbolism involving the Tree of Life, the World Tree, or Yggdrasil. Skytree is so tall that people worry about ice forming on it and falling down in the winter too. I am definitely visiting the Skytree the next time I'm in Tokyo for the tower and the interesting attractions right at its base. Official Skytree website here.
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|Skytree Flickr / Kentaro Ohno|
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|Observation deck Flickr / Kentaro Ohno|
The Sumida Aquarium here is the second largest aquarium in Japan that occupies the western side of the 5th and 6th floors of Tokyo Solamachi. It will have over 400 different species. The largest tank recreates the sea around the Ogasawara Islands, a World Natural Heritage site, and includes rare species such as the wrought iron butterfly fish and the green sea turtle. About 10,000 different creatures are at the aquarium and another attraction is a tank with 1,500 jellyfish.
Narihirabashi Station on the Tobu Isesaki Line was renamed Tokyo Sky Tree Station in March of 2012. This is the train station closest to the tower. The section of rail line has also been renamed the Tobu Sky Tree Line. The Tobu Railway Co also operates Tokyo Sky Tree along with the mall and entertainment complex at the base. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected per week.
On a side note, I have to say that having the rail companies operate the malls at the train stations and developing the land around the stations has seemed to work out pretty good in Japan. I loved getting off the train and being in a well developed mall or shopping area rather than just a dingy platform that is found in most cities. This is the way mass transit should be. I'm not the only one who seems to think this and I believe the train companies in Japan have the right "magic formula."
Other Tokyo Anime / Otaku Highlights Worth Visiting
- Gundam Cafe and AKB48 Cafe in Akihabara
- Gundam Front Mini-Theme Park in Odaiba (with another Gundam Cafe)
- Tokyo's Fantastic Kiddyland Toy Store
- The First Evangelion Store in Harajuku
- Pokemon Store in Hamamatsucho
- Tokyo's Theme Cafes
- The Ultra-tall Tokyo Skytree!
- Sweets Land, Character Street, and Ramen Street at Tokyo Station
- Yokohama Ramen Museum and Nissin Cup Noodle Museum