Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー Tōkyō Sukaitsurī), formerly known as New Tokyo Tower (新東京タワー Shin Tōkyō Tawā), is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower in the city of Tokyo, the capital of Japan. It is located in the special ward of Sumida, not far from the Sumida River. The nearest train station is Oshiage, which is on the Toei Asakusa Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, and railway lines operated by Tobu and Keisei.
Tokyo Skytree in 2014
|Type||Broadcast, restaurant, and observation tower|
|Location||Sumida, Tokyo, Japan|
|Construction started||14 July 2008|
|Completed||29 February 2012|
|Opening||22 May 2012|
|Cost||65 billion JPY (600 million USD)|
|Owner||Tobu Tower Skytree Co., Ltd.|
|Antenna spire||634.0 m (2,080 ft)|
|Roof||495.0 m (1,624 ft)|
|Top floor||451.2 m (1,480 ft)|
|Floor count||32 above ground|
3 below ground
|Design and construction|
|Main contractor||Obayashi Corp.|
Designed by the architects from Nikken Sekkei, a Japanese company, the process of building the tower began in 2008 and was completed on 29 February 2012. Emperor Akihito visited the tower in advance of its official opening, and the opening ceremony took place on 22 May 2012.
With a height of 634 m (2,080 ft), the Tokyo Skytree is the tallest structure in Japan. This height was chosen because it could be easily remembered. The figures 6 (mu), 3 (sa), 4 (shi) stand for Musashi Province, which is an old name of the region where the tower stands.
It is the second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It is also the tallest tower in the world, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, because there is no space in the Skytree for people to live or work in, unlike the Burj Khalifa.
All of central Tokyo can be seen from special viewing platforms at 350 m (1,150 ft) and 450 m (1,480 ft). At night, it is lit up with different coloured lights.
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