This broadcasting and observation tower is the tallest structure in Japan at 2,080 feet tall. It was completed on Leap Day, February 29, 2012. If you are feeling adventurous you may journey to the top of the tower and step out onto the glass platform that gives you a vertigo-ensuing look down onto the street below. If that is not for you, I completely understand, and you can remain on opaque flooring in the Tembo Galleria on the 450th floor. Trust me, you will still get a wonderful view of the city.
This impressive tower was built to be typhoon and earthquake-proof and it can absorb 50 percent of an earthquake’s energy. The outside is illuminated with environmentally-friendly LEDs that alternate colors daily. Onlookers will see the structure lit up in either blue or purple. The name of the tower was decided by a nationwide vote. The sculptor, Kiichi Sumikawa, intended for his design to simulate the curve of a Japanese sword, and the pillars are similar to those used in shrines and temples. The base was intended to look like a large tripod.
If you want to dine in the sky, check out the Sky Restaurant 634 on the 345th floor. This restaurant serves a fusion of Edo and modern French cuisine.
Grab your tickets in advance to the observatory.
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