The results of a lottery for the first public tickets to Tokyo Sky Tree’s observation deck were announced on March 30, with only one in 335 applicants gaining admission for one slot on the first day.
A total of 139,831 applications, each for up to eight people, were made for the first 10 days from the tower’s opening on May 22. Just under one in six applications was successful.
Tobu Travel Co.’s Asakusa branch in Tokyo’s Taito Ward posted the ID numbers of successful applicants at its office at 9 a.m., while the tower’s operators began notifying Internet applicants the same day.
One 71-year-old man, who lives near the branch, had applied for eight family members including his grandchildren, but was unlucky.
“It cannot be helped since there were so many applicants,” he said.
To prevent overcrowding, Tobu Tower Sky Tree Co., which operates Tokyo Sky Tree, is holding draws to decide which visitors can enter the tower during its first 50 days of operation. Successful ticket holders get admission to the 350-meter First Observatory, where they can buy additional tickets for the 450-meter Second Observatory.
Applications were only accepted through the Internet and Tobu Travel’s 44 branch offices. Among the Internet applicants, one out of 5.5 applications was successful, while one in 11.2 travel-agency applications won tickets.
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