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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The World's Tallest Tower

Above, a view of the Tokyo Skytree from its base. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The Tokyo Skytree opened in 2012, so it hasn't been featured in any Japanese-produced kaiju movie. All that may change as Toho is going to produce their first Godzilla movie in 12 years. Will the Skytree be featured (and attacked) in the movie? Only time (and the script) will tell.

Whether or not the Skytree is ever featured in a Godzilla, Gamera or any other kaiju movie, it is still a place worth a visit.

Gaijinpot.com has an article on the Skytree, which would be useful for those who plan on visiting it. And, they have some nice photographs to go along with it.

They begin it with:
For years, Tokyo Tower was a symbol of Japan’s giant metropolis, surpassing the height of every other structure in the city. In 2011, however, the face of this capitol city changed forever. Tokyo Skytree was built, nearly doubling Tokyo tower in height and becoming what is known as “the world’s tallest tower,” at 634 meters (2,080 feet). 
Tokyo Skytree was built as a radio and television tower to broadcast throughout the Kanto region. It was designed to rise above any structure in the surrounding area, and it hits that goal by a long shot. While Tokyo Skytree isn’t the world’s tallest structure, it’s the world’s tallest freestanding transmission tower, giving Tokyo’s skyline a whole new look. 
After its grand opening in 2012, rides to the top were offered to anyone willing to reserve a ticket by waiting in line starting at 4 a.m. In the first opening week alone, over 1.6 million visitors embarked on its 450-meter (1,480 feet) high elevator to get a glimpse at the city from an unbelievable vantage point. Now, you don’t have to wait in line quite as long, but there are some things you should know before making your trip to visit this world-renown landmark.
Above, the Skytree and the Asahi Beer Hall from the
Asakusa side of the Sumida River. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I visited the Skytree last February. Although I didn't have enough time to go up to the observation deck, from what I saw at the time (it was midweek), there were no long lines to get tickets or to go up.

To read the full article, go here.

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