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"Tokyo Sky Tree" of 610 meters (2100 feet) high will appear in the Nariherabashi/ Oshiage area of Sumida Ward in Tokyo toward the end of 2011. The construction started in July, 2008 and is scheduled to complete in December, 2011. Grand opening is planned on May 22, 2012.

The construction of the tower is for the purpose of transmitting digital signals for digital broadcastsing which will begin in July 2011 and the current analogue broadcasting will end as a result. The higher tower was required to avoid the forest of super high-rise buildings that stand at heights of around 200 meters in downtown Tokyo.

At the foot of the new tower will be a "town with a tower" which spans about 400 meters (1312 feet) from east to west, connecting Oshiage Station of Keisei Oshiage Line, Oshiage Station of Toei Asakusa Line and Narihirabashi Station of Tobu Isezaki Line, encompassing an area of about 3.69 hectres. A networking plaza leading from Oshiage Station to the tower lobby on level four of the facility, three plazas in front of the station and along Kitajukken River, and Shinsui Park will form a community environment where visitors and nearby residents will gather.

First observatory will be built at 350 meters high and the second observatory at 450 meters high.

The tower is located about 1 km east of Asakusa across the Sumida River, and about 2 km northeast of Ryogoku - a town famous for sumo wrestling. The new tower stands in a major traditional international tourism zone of Japan.

Address: part of Oshiage 1-chome and part of Mukojima 1-chome of Sumida Ward in Tokyo.
Access: Narihirabashi Station on Tobu Isezaki Line from Asakusa, Oshiage Station on Toei Asakusa Line and Keisei Oshiage Line.

(From Tokyo Sky Tree Home Page.

(Photos Dec. 19, 2009)

(Photos Feb. 18, 2010)
(Photos March 31, 2010)
(Photos April 20, 2011)

(Photos April 7, 2012)

Sky Tree at Night

(Photos February 3, 2013)