After just under 4 years of construction, Tokyo Sky Tree – the new worlds tallest tower has reached completion.
Measuring in at a colossal 634 metres, the Sky Tree will relay television and radio broadcast signals, replacing the over 50-year old Tokyo Tower. As well as these practical applications, the tower will be open to the public, providing incredible views of the city from 2 viewing platforms.
The lower observation platform, or “Tenbo Deck” is 350 metres up(worth noting this is taller than Tokyo Tower in its entirety) and includes a stomach-churning glass floor for those brave enough. The higher observation deck, â€œTenbo Kairoâ€ sits at 450 meters, and will be completely enclosed in glass(sounds amazing!).
At it’s base the tower also boasts a complex containing 300+ shops, restaurants, office space and even a school! I’ve visited the construction area of the Sky tree a couple of times in’08 and ’09 so seeing this marvel finished will be fantastic. That amazing view will come at a price however, with the cost for an adult to visit the the 450m observatory being ¥3,000.
And don’t worry about Tokyo Tower – it’s become synonymous with the cities skyline, and will remain as a heritage attraction 🙂
Picture source: wikipedia