Towering at 634 meters tall, Tokyo Skytree is an iconic landmark in Tokyo and one of the tallest structures in the world. This broadcast communication tower is an engineering wonder, combining traditional and intricate Japanese structural design techniques with modern-day architectural elegance. Tokyo Skytree has two observation decks, the Tembo Deck and the Tembo Gallery, and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. In fact, the Tembo Gallery was dubbed "the world's highest skywalk," with an all-glass window and a ramp.
Though the thought of heights may trigger your acrophobia (fear of heights), Tokyo Skytree has more to offer than just a great view (though the view is pretty spectacular). Here, guests can also experience Japanese culinary delights while marveling at the skyline of the world's largest metropolis. Find out where to eat in Tokyo Skytree guide, we've got the fantastic food (and views) covered.
1. Sky Restaurant 634 (Musashi)
Sky Restaurant 634 is the most upscale (emphasis on up, this restaurant is 345 meters aboveground!) establishment in this Where to Eat in Tokyo Skytree guide. Sky Restaurant 634 serves Japanese dishes prepared using exquisite French cooking techniques. Lunch can cost about ¥6,200 to ¥8,500, while dinner sets are priced at ¥15,000 to ¥19,200. There is also a lunch teppan course for just under ¥10,000, while the dinner teppan is priced at about ¥24,000. Considering the panoramic view of the city and the excellent food and service, it's worth the splurge. Reservations are a must, though, as seats are in high demand.
2. Skytree Cafe
Why not cap off your meal with tea and dessert at one of the Skytree Cafes, located on the 340th and 350th floors of Tokyo Skytree. Unique to the menu at Skytree Cafe 340 is the Sora-Chan Parfait (¥700) with its blue jello depicting the clear blue skies enveloping the Skytree on a sunny day. Skytree Cafe 340 offers snacks, drinks, and original sweets on the menu, as well as table seating. Meanwhile, Skytree Cafe 350 only has standing service but has a gorgeous view of the Kanto Plain. From that vantage point, you can enjoy various beverages while gazing out across Kanto.
3. Kaiten Sushi Toriton
Sushi lovers unite and head on over to the 6th floor of Tokyo Solamachi to get your sushi fix. Kaitenzushi is Japanese conveyor belt sushi, where the food comes to you along the rotating tracks in the center of the restaurant. Kaitenzushi is normally quite affordable, and a trip to Kaiten Sushi Toriton certainly won't break the bank, despite the high quality of ingredients. The color of the dish indicates the price, with white dishes going for 130 yen, blue for 150, and green for 190, all the way up to plates for 630. They use the freshest ingredients, which are shipped straight from Hokkaido, and are committed to great flavor.
4. Edomirakuchaya Solamachi-tei
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. If you're feeling indulgent, order the Edo Miso Hot Pot Course which comes with nomihoudai (all-you-can-drink). Every day, there is a performance from 18:30 to 19:00, so for dinner and a show make sure you stop by Edomirakuchaya.
5. Tonkatsu Shinjuku Saboten in Solamachi
For fried meat lovers out there, Tonkatsu Shinjuku Saboten on the 6th floor of Solamachi in Tokyo Skytree is the place to dine. Here, they offer various tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlet) dishes at affordable prices, such as katsudon. Crisp and juicy, this is some of the best tonkatsu in Tokyo, and you can enjoy it paired with a refreshing Kirin Beer.
6. Tamahide Ichino
A classic since 1760, the egg and chicken rice dish (oyakodon) at Tamahide Ichino located on the 7th floor of the Solamachi (with the main store in Ningyocho) is a popular option at Tokyo Skytree. Tamahide Ichino is one of the oldest restaurants in Tokyo and the inventor of oyakodon (literally translating to "parent and child bowl") and still serves up the best and oldest oyakodon in Tokyo. The moist and perfectly-cooked chicken pairs beautifully with the rich flavor of the egg and the gentle sweetness of the tender onions. But note that Tamahide Ichino is only open for lunch, so come early!
7. Gion Tsujiri
Those with a sweet tooth and a love of Japanese tea should head to Gion Tsujiri on the 6th floor of Solamachi for some mouthwatering green tea parfaits, soft creams, and their bestselling Tsujiri Tree Soft Cream. You can also pick up some Japanese tea from Uji, a famous tea-producing area in Kyoto Prefecture to the south of Kyoto City. Uji is renowned for the high-quality of their green tea, so Gion Tsujiri is the perfect place to stock up on tea.
8. Unlimited Coffee Bar
Caffeinate before or after a long day of exploring Tokyo Skytree with a cup of coffee at the nearby Unlimited Coffee Bar at the foot of Tokyo Skytree. This quaint coffee joint is a barista training center as well as a cafe, selling single origin coffee in addition to coffee-making gear. They serve up various espresso-based drinks, either hot or cold. Customers can even choose the type of roast they want. The café also serves snacks to pair with your drinks.
Hopefully, you now have some ideas about where to eat in Tokyo Skytree, the architectural marvel that is both a magnificent structure and functional broadcast tower. Tokyo Skytree is also a food hub where both locals and tourists can relax and enjoy the various Japanese flavors while savoring the view of the Tokyo skyline.