If you’re at all an otaku or even just a gamer, then you know that Final Fantasy VII is about to get a remake that fans have been asking for for years. Around the world, fans are getting excited for its (hopefully) April release, and in Japan, the hype and anticipation are palpable. With advertisements everywhere and people of all ages talking about FFVII, it’s no surprise that collaborations and special events have started to pop up as well.
One of these special events just started at Tokyo Skytree, the tallest structure in Japan and the tallest tower in the world. At 634 metres tall (2,080 feet), Tokyo Skytree is viewable from all over the city. And now, it’s hosting a limited-time event in collaboration with the release of Final Fantasy VII called Skytree in Midgar that features exhibitions, a cafe, special merchandise, and even unique lighting on the tower for a very limited time.
Skytree in Midgar Info
|Location|| Address |
1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0045
Nearest train line(s)
|Cost of Admission|| Cost of Admission|
¥1800 Tembo Deck, ¥1800 Tembo Corridor
Hours of Operation
|Time and days|| February 6th 2020 - April 22nd 2020|
8:00 - 22:00
There are several different areas that make up the Skytree in Midgar special event. Most of it is happening over 450 meters above the ground, beginning February 6th and running through April 22nd, 2020. The first of these exhibitions is the Final Fantasy VII Premium Round Theatre on the Tembo Deck. The video screens are above the windows on a 360-degree deck, playing the latest videos of the FFVII Remake along with a history of FFVII. You can experience the sound and video all around you for a totally immersive experience (not to mention the view out the windows is incredible too!).
Next, you can head up to the Liberation Strategy in the Tembo Corridor, which has been robbed by ShinRa Electric Power Company! It’s up to you to get the materia back. Travel up in the Midgar-themed lifts to the Control Room, and you can help to return the stolen materia. There’s also a photo spot with life-size versions of the most memorable FFVII characters along with a full-size buster sword. There’s also a special photo zone where you can take a photo with Midgar in the background and a choice of your favourite character superimposed into the image with you! (This service costs ¥1,800). Finally, there’s an art exhibition with concept work from the FFVII Remake along with art from the entire Final Fantasy series.
In addition to these main exhibition floors, the usual Skytree Cafe has been transformed into 340th Heaven Cafe (after Tifa’s bar Seventh Heaven in the game). There are plenty of exclusive themed menu items that come with a random character coaster. And if you haven’t had enough yet, there’s also a special Skytree in Midgar shop featuring exclusive merchandise for the event like pins, tote bags, file folders, t-shirts and more. Many of the items are printed with the name of the exhibition, making them once-in-a-lifetime fan goods to add to your collection!
Though it’s over now, on February 6th, and again on the 8th-12th, Skytree’s traditional lighting was replaced by a bluish-green light that was inspired by the colour of mako reactors! People all around Tokyo could see and experience that small piece of FFVII even from across the city anywhere that Skytree was visible.
There are a lot of shops on the sixth floor of Shibuya Parco for the discerning otaku. Two of the biggest ones are the Nintendo Store and the Shibuya Pokemon Centre. The Nintendo Store is the first of its kind in Japan with displays for all of Nintendo’s biggest franchises. From Animal Crossing to Mario and everything in between, there’s a lot of merchandise available to peruse. You can even buy a Nintendo Switch! If you aren’t easily embarrassed, you can also play Switch games on a big TV screen against the shop staff. The Shibuya Pokemon Centre is right next door with a life-size, “breathing” Mewtwo right at the entrance. The Pokemon Centre is sleek and black with a lot of Mew and Mewtwo goods along with everything else that the shop has to offer. There’s also a lot of Pokemon and Mario collaboration goods available at both of these stores.
Skytree in Midgar is spread across two different areas of Tokyo Skytree, the Tembo Deck and Tembo Galleria. They both require separate tickets, so you will need to be sure to purchase both if you want to enjoy the entire event. In addition to the FFVII exhibition, you can also enjoy the awesome scenery from these viewpoints, too! On clear days, you can even see Mt. Fuji. The cost may be a bit high, but you can enjoy the FFVII event and also the highest perspective in the entire city. Keep in mind that the photo opportunity, cafe, and goods shop are also all additional costs.
If you aren’t looking to spend extra money or have already blown it all at the FFVII exhibition, Tokyo Solamachi is a huge shopping mall attached to the base of Skytree. In addition to a huge variety of restaurants and regular shops, there’s also a Pokemon Centre and a Shonen Jump Shop for any additional otaku shopping needs you may have. Tokyo Skytree is also a short train (or a very nice walk) away from Asakusa, Tokyo’s most traditional neighbourhood. If you want to experience some Japanese history firsthand and pick up some other great souvenirs, it’s easy to make a day of visiting the FFVII exhibition along with Asakusa. You can see the old and new culture of Japan in one day!
Final Fantasy VII fans young and old are riding the hype train in Tokyo, and the game’s exhibition at Tokyo Skytree just goes to show how popular and beloved it truly is. Not just anything gets to have its own event hosted at the tallest building in Japan, but not just anything has the beloved reputation that FFVII boasts. We can’t wait to see what other special events may happen leading up to the anticipated release of the FFVII Remake, but we hope that Tokyo Skytree will just be the beginning!
Did you make it to the special FFVII exhibition at Tokyo Skytree? Do you have any questions about it? What part do you really wish you could see? Drop us a comment or question below!