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Tokyo Boasts The World’s Tallest Tower With The All-Important Tokyo Skytree

By Devin Lowe | March 05, 2019, 12:01 a.m. (ET)


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Tokyo is filled with iconic skyscrapers, none more identifiable than the Eiffel Tower-inspired Tokyo Tower and the Tokyo Skytree, which holds the title of world’s tallest tower and second-tallest structure, behind the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Tokyo Skytree functions as a broadcasting tower, serving Tokyo proper and the Kantō region of Japan. Its design integrates elements from traditional Japanese pagodas and neo-futuristic design, with a tripod base for stability. The tower is meant to symbolize the revitalization of Tokyo’s Sumida region and the city’s dedication to safety, which is demonstrated through its earthquake resistance features.

Construction on the 2,080-foot Tokyo Skytree began in the summer of 2008 and took four years to complete. Since its grand opening in 2012, the tower has drawn visitors from Japan and around the globe by offering incredible views of the city from its two observation decks. Shops, cafes and restaurants also inhabit the tower and the surrounding neighborhood, making the Tokyo Skytree a multifaceted attraction for all ages and interests.

The Tokyo Skytree is located west of Japan National Stadium, where the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 will take place. To get there, take the Chuo-Sobu Line from Sendagaya Station to Asakusabashi Station, then hop on the Asakusa Linse to Oshiage Station, a three-minute walk from the base of the Tokyo Skytree.

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A general view of the Tokyo Skytree taken on July 24, 2018 in Tokyo.