12:49 am - Tuesday December 23, 2014

Tokyo Sky Tree, world’s tallest communications tower opened

The world’s tallest communications tower and second highest building, the Tokyo Sky Tree was on May 22, 2012. The tower measures 634 meters in height and the tourism officials hope that it would be a big draw for the visitors.

The tower has two observations decks apart from restaurants, office space and a vertigo inducing glass floor which will allow the visitors to look straight down. One of the observations decks is at 350 meters and the other is at 450 meters above the ground.

The surrounding area is known as the Tokyo Sky Tree Town and has an open air market with cherry blossom and red tree pine trees. While the rest of the Sky Tree Town features office buildings, aquarium and 300 tenants in all.

The Tokyo Sky Tree is operated by Tobu Railway Co. The operator expects hundreds of thousands of visitors per week. So as to control the number of visitors, admission will be given only by reserved tickets only till July 11. The construction of the tower began in July 2008. It is the world’s second tallest manmade structure and is beaten by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai of 828 meters. About 580,000 workers were engaged to construct the structure, which cost 65 billion yen for the tower alone.

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