So, I finally got myself down to Tokyo Skytree. Well actually, I was taken down, by Ma-chan, as a lovely birthday surprise. Dinner at the absolutely amazing La Sora Seed in the adjacent building was the main event, a trip up the tower was a nice little starter.

Regarding Skytree, I never saw what all the fuss was about. Marvel of modern steel engineering it may be, revolutionary triangle to circle design it may have, but to be perfectly honest, as a spectacle, it leaves me cold. It's a very tall and bug-ugly communications tower. 

'Very tall' is it's saving grace as it gives the tower some much-needed reverse Fuji-san effect. Fuji-san is a beautiful mountain, but I'd never want to climb it. It looks to be the dullest climb ever, and of course when you get to the top, there's no chance of a beautiful view of Fuji-san. It's the only place in the Kanto region where that is an absolute guaranteed. Conversely being at the top of Skytree, you can at least be free of the chance of catching an unwelcome glimpse of the eyesore you're standing in. 

Great views of everywhere else though; Tsukuba-san to the north-east, the hills of Boso rolling round to the south, the Southern Alps across to the west and, luckily enough on our visit, Fuji-san looking back at us from the south west. Closer in, there are stunning views to be had of the vast metropolis of Tokyo, and it is a lot of fun picking out the various towns and landmarks. I wouldn't recommend the tower, but the views are a Tokyo must-see.


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