During your Tokyo stay, a visit at least to one of the two landmark towers in Tokyo – the Tokyo Tower and the new Tokyo Skytree – is very much recommended.
The Tokyo Tower is a television broadcasting tower with the height of 333 meters, located in Minato, Tokyo. It was built in 1958, modeled after the Eiffel Tower of Paris, and served the function for over 50 years. In 2012, the main broadcasting function was switched to the Tokyo Skytree after its completion, since the Tokyo Tower height was not enough to adequately support digital broadcasting to the intended area. Now it serves as the backup.
It is a symbol for Japan’s rebirth after the World War as a major economic power, and has now become a part of Tokyo landscape. In 2013 it was registered as Registered Tangible Cultural Property.
It holds two observation decks at 150 and 250 meters. It attracts around 3 million visitors per year even now, and the total number of tourists has reached 170 million.
The Tokyo Skytree is a new television broadcasting tower located near Asakusa area,opened in 2012. It is a tallest structure in Japan with the height of 634 meters. Its height 634 can be read as “Musashi” in Japanese, which is a historic name of the Tokyo Region.
The Tower provides digital television broadcasting coverage for the “Kanto” region, taking over the function that Tokyo Tower has supported for many years. The tower’s special tripod structure with various other advanced mechanism provides the tower with extremely strong resistance to earthquakes.
The tower observation decks are located at heights 350 and 450 meters, which offer magnificent view of Tokyo and the surrounding area.
Observation decks are not the only way to enjoy these towers. Both towers put on gorgeous illuminations at night, which could be some of the most spectacular scenes of Tokyo!
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