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Tokyo Sky Tree

skyscraper in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Sky Tree (東京スカイツリー, Tōkyō Sukai Tsurī), formerly known as New Tokyo Tower (新東京タワー, Shin Tōkyō Tawā), is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. The nearest train station is Oshiage.

Tokyo Sky Tree
Tokyo Sky Tree1.jpg
Tokyo Sky Tree under construction in March 2011
General information
Status Complete
Type Broadcast, restaurant, and observation tower
Location Sumida, Tokyo, Japan
Construction started 14 July 2008
Completed 29 February 2012
Opening 22 May 2012 (2012-05-22)
Cost 65 billion JPY (806 million USD)[1]
Owner Tobu Tower Sky Tree 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)
Technical details
Lifts/elevators 13
Design and construction
Architect Nikken Sekkei
Developer Tobu Railway
Main contractor Obayashi Corp.

Tokyo Sky Tree is the tallest structure in Japan.[2] Its height is 634 m (2,080 ft).[3] In part, 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 Tokyo Sky Tree stands.[4]

It is the second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa (829.84 m/2,723 ft) in Dubai.[5]

All of central Tokyo can be seen from special viewing platforms at 350 m (1,150 ft) and 450 m (1,480 ft).[5] At night, it is lit up with different coloured lights.


The process of building the tower began in 2008. The project was completed on 29 February 2012.[5]

Emperor Akihito visited the tower in advance of its official opening.[6]

Opening ceremonies are planned for 22 May 2012.[7]


  2. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, "Japan Finishes World's Tallest Communications Tower," 1 March 2012; retrieved 2012-4-26.
  3. "What 'Lost Decade'?" New York Times. Jaunuary 7, 2012; retrieved 2012-4-26.
  4. Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO), "A new famous Tokyo spot linking information and the soul of Japan to the next generation"; retrieved 2012-4-26.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Agence France-Presse (AFP). "Japan finishes world's tallest communications tower," Bangkok Post. February 29, 2012; retrieved 2012-4-26.
  6. "Japanese Emperor visits Tokyo Sky Tree ahead of opening," Xinhua. April 26, 2012; retrieved 2012-04-26.
  7. Nakata, Hiroko, "Tokyo Sky Tree opener looms large," Japan Times, 21 February 2012; retrieved 2012-4-26.

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