Translated by Richard Perkins
Going To Tokyo Skytree Via The 'Singing Train' - Keisei Kyuko
Written by Kazuyo
A convenient way to get to Tokyo’s new popular sightseeing spot, Tokyo Skytree, is to take a Keisei Kyuko train. Some of these trains are "singing trains"! Find out more about them, as well as about what you can enjoy at Tokyo Skytree in this article.
One of Tokyo’s new popular sightseeing spots is Tokyo Skytree. This tower is 634m (roughly 2080ft) tall, making it the world’s tallest radio tower.
The closest station to Tokyo Skytree is Tokyo Skytree Station on the Tobu Skytree line. You can also get off at Oshiage Station, also on the Tobu Skytree line via the Keisei Kyuko. Out of these trains, we’ll explain the fun of riding Keisei Kyuko’s ‘singing train’.
A Singing Train?
When it comes to the Keisei Kyuko, there are a number of specifications for these trains. Starting with the red trains in the 1000 series of the Keisei Kyuko, the noise that comes out of the motor or inverter device inside of the trains can be heard as if they were musical scales. These trains are loved by railway fans. Let’s not waste any time and try to get to listen to that noise.
*The audio will start around the 6 second mark.
Were you able to hear the ‘do re mi fa sol la si do’ sound as if the train were singing? Imitating this sound, railway fans have given this train such names as the ‘singing train’. The famous Japanese band ‘Quruli’ used this sound as the motif for their song ‘red train’.
These singing trains run from Oshiage-Aoto on the Keisei Oshiage line, and from Aoto-Takasago on the Keisei main line. However, the number of these trains that are currently operating is limited, so you'll be very lucky to come across one.
Tokyo Skytree is Directly Linked to Oshiage Station
When riding the singing train to Oshiage Station, you'll be able to get off right in front of Tokyo Skytree. The train station is directly linked to the tower itself, so you can get to Tokyo Skytree without having to get wet when it rains. Even when viewing this tower from a distance, it looks huge.
When looking at this tower directly below and then looking up, there’s no doubt that you’ll be overwhelmed by its height.
At the bottom of Tokyo Skytree is ‘Tokyo Solamachi’, a commercial facility. There’s also the Sumida Aquarium, the Konica Minolta Planetarium, and a number of other places where you can have a good time.
Photo courtesy of Salon de Sweets
If you get hungry, you can enjoy a wide variety of Japanese, western, and Chinese foods, and even deserts. Pictured above is Salon de Sweets, an all you can eat sweets restaurant that’s rising in popularity. Do check it out.
The 4th floor of the east yard is an entire floor full of Japanese souvenir shops. What makes it so popular and convenient is that various Japanese items have gathered together and can all be viewed in one place.
The 1st floor of the east yard is the ‘Solamachi shopping arcade’. This is a passageway full of food, miscellaneous items, and cafes. There are a number of imaginative stores here selling miscellaneous items. Drop by some of them and you may make some great discoveries!
Among the interesting items we found on the first floor, there were these face packs that transform you into a Japanese character. After taking a bath in the evening, how about trying one of these face masks? You might be so amused that you'll want to take a photo of yourself.
So how about trying to catch the ‘singing train’ and head down to Tokyo Skytree?
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Address: Tokyo, Sumida, Oshiage, 1-1-2
Hours: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. (Last entry is at 9:00 p.m.) *Observatory hours
Closed: Never *Depending on the strength of the wind, there may be a limit to how many people can enter.
Credit Cards: Accepted
Other Languages: English
Menus/Information in Other Languages: English
Nearest Station: Tokyo Skytree Station (Tokyo Skytree line), Oshiage station (Tobu Skytree line, Keisei Kyuko)
Access: A 2 minute walk from Tokyo Skytree station, Oshiage (Skytree-mae) station
Fee: 2,820 yen (Fast Skytree Ticket)
Phone Number: 0570-55-0634
Official Site: Tokyo Skytree