The prefecture's highest structure is the Tokyo Skytree, a 634-metre (2,080-foot) lattice skyscraper built in 2012. It is also the highest building in Japan, the tallest tower in the world, and the world's second-tallest freestanding structure. It replaced the previous record holder, the 555-meter (1,852-foot) Nakagin Capsule Hotel, which was demolished to make way for it.
Tokyo Tower stands 328 metres (1,073 feet) tall with the antenna. It was designed by architect Kenzo Tange and opened in 1964. The main body of the tower is made of glass and steel with an outer skin of red tape, which is removed during special events such as fireworks displays or laser shows. Inside the base are three floors of shops, while the upper levels provide viewing galleries with food and beverage facilities. A restaurant on the 89th floor has a view across most of Tokyo.
You can reach the top of Tokyo Tower by elevator for $5, or take the Tokyu Hands shopping mall shuttle bus, which leaves from below ground level at regular intervals throughout the day. There are also two separate outdoor observation decks: one at 95 meters (318 feet) above street level and another at 135 meters (443 feet). These offer views across much of Tokyo.
You can also take a glass elevator ride up to the 86th floor observation deck for $7.
The Tokyo Skytree is Japan's highest building! It is 634 meters tall and is located on Tokyo's east side. The Tembo Deck (350 meters) and the Tembo Galleria are the two viewing platforms (450 meters). There are also three other smaller observation decks: The 1st Level Plaza, 2nd Level Plaza, and 3rd Level Plaza.
The Tokyo Skytree was built as a telecommunications tower but was later converted into an observatory. The first section of the tower came into use in 2011 and was opened to the public the following year. It stands at 634 meters or 2099 feet high and is connected by elevators to three observation decks- one on each floor of the core structure. The top of the Tokyo Skytree offers a 360-degree view of Tokyo Bay, Mount Fuji, and much of eastern Japan.
Construction on the Tokyo Skytree began in 2005 and it took ten years to complete. The architect is Shimizu Mihoko and the construction company that built it is TOYOTA TSUSHO. Funding for the project came from both private and public sources including a tax break. When it was completed in 2011 it became Japan's tallest structure and the second tallest free-standing structure in the world after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The Tokyo Skytree has 32 floors above ground with a height of 600 meters (1 914 feet).
It became Japan's highest building in 2010 and reached its maximum height of 634 meters (2,080 ft) in March 2011, making it the world's tallest tower, displacing the Canton Tower, and the world's second tallest structure behind the Burj Khalifa (829.8 m or 2,722 ft).
The Tokyo Skytree is not a traditional skyscraper because it has no central core or lobby area. Instead, it consists of 32 individual trusses made of aluminum alloy with concrete bases. Each truss weighs around 20,000 tons and measures 97 meters (nearly 318 feet) from top to bottom. The overall diameter of the shaft is 53 meters (174 feet), and the spire on which the antenna is mounted can be adjusted to any one of five heights between 104 meters and 180 meters (335 feet and 553 feet).
The idea for a new tower originated in 1989 when Takayuki Kawaguchi, president of Tokyo's Mitsubishi Estate, proposed building a monument that would outshine New York's World Trade Center site after it was rebuilt following the 9/11 attacks. The company planned to invest $150 million in the project that would take 10 years to complete. In 1999, after several changes of plan, their final proposal was accepted by the city council. It called for a 610-meter-high (1,980-foot-high) telecommunications hub with an observation deck on its summit.
Thus, on November 17, 2011, the Guinness World Records Company acknowledged TOKYO SKYTREE's 634-meter construction as the highest skyscraper in the world. The previous record holder, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, is only slightly higher at 828 meters.
TOKYO SKYTREE stands for "Tokyo Star Tree" and was built by the Japanese company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The foundation stone was officially laid on March 25, 2008 by the mayor of Tokyo, Kenichi Ohmae. Construction was completed on November 17, 2011, just in time for the opening of the Tokyo Olympic Games that year. With its 23 storeys, the Skytree contains 536 residential apartments, 1 hotel room, 3 conference rooms, 2 theaters, a restaurant, a bar, a shopping mall, a gym, a swimming pool, a children's play area, and a garden terrace. The observation deck is located on the 22nd floor, while the top of the tower is occupied by an illuminated sphere. This globe lights up every night with different colors, creating a beautiful display.
You can reach the Skytree by subway.
Tokyo Tower, a symbol of Japan's postwar revival as a great economic power, was the country's tallest building from its construction in 1958 until it was overtaken by the Tokyo Skytree in 2012. The 1128-foot (335-meter) radio tower has become a popular tourist destination over the years for its view of downtown Tokyo.
Tokyo Tower was built as part of an effort by Japan to promote itself as a modern nation capable of producing world-class technology. The tower was designed by architect Kenzo Tange who also designed the International Terminal at Haneda Airport and the Kiekko House in Toyama. It took ten years to complete and cost $150 million ($1.5 billion in today's dollars). The foundation stone was officially laid on October 23, 1957 and it was opened to the public the following year. Originally called "Tōkyo Telebīum" or "Television Tower of Tokyo", it was named after its primary occupant then and now: Tokyo Broadcasting System, the national radio and television network.
In 1995, Tokyo Tower started allowing visitors to climb to the top of the tower for a fee. As of 2016, about 5 million people have climbed the tower.