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Tokyo SkyTree at 634m is the tallest tower in Japan and one the tallest structures in the world. Tokyo SkyTree features a restaurant and observation deck. Tokyo SkyTree is effectively the functional replacement for Tokyo Tower with most of the major tv and radio broadcasters moving their transmitters to the new tower.
Tokyo Sky Tree was first opened in May 2012 and was immediately accoladed as the world’s tallest free-standing tower at 634m. Although this title may now have diminished the architecture is still highly regarded due to its steel mesh exteria which starts as a triangle at the base to a circle at 300m. The appeal of Tokyo Skytree to tourists, designers and architect lies in the fact that although it is a modern hi-tech structure, it also evokes a sense of traditional Japanese culture, featuring techniques such as sori curves seen in most traditional Japanese architecture. Furthermore, the tower also incorporated the first centre column vibration control as well as an illumination design portrays the Japanese spirit, through the patterns iki (chic) and miyabi (elegance).
With any tall structure the views of the surrounding Tokyo districts is highly recommended to all visitors to the city. The tower has two observation decks located at 350m and 450m which provide panoramic views of the city. On a clear day you can see up to 100 km away but the true beauty of Tokyo can be seen at night when all the Tokyo night-lights are visible.
Tokyo SkyTree Tembo Deck (350m)
The panorama from the lower observatory, is spectacular. If you are scared of heights then avoid the special section of glass floor panels, where you can see all the way to the ground. Views through the glass floor can give the sensation that you’re floating in mid-air.
Tokyo SkyTree Tembo Galleria (450m)
The upper observatory is situated beneath the digital broadcasting antennas and features a glass corridor for more spectacular views. The elevator between the two observatory decks has a glass front, so you can see the streets of Tokyo getting smaller and smaller as you climb! A quite spectacular feeling and a worthwhile visit for any tourist visiting this amazing city!
Tokyo SkyTree vs Tokyo Tower
Tokyo SkyTree Tokyo Tower Height (m) 634 333 Observation Deck Height
450 250 Opening Date 2012 1958 Construction Material Steel and steel
Steel Color White White & Orange