The tallest structure ever built…and still climbing

27 Sep

The Tokyo Sky Tree broadcast tower and observatory is now standing at a height of 407 meters tall…which makes it the tallest structure ever built in Japan.
And it’s only 74% complete. When construction at it is finished next year, it will be 634 meters tall.

I had to go past the construction of the Tokyo Sky Tree yesterday, so I brought my camera and took a few photos of it.

The sign says that the tower is currently 470 meters tall.

I have been up in many observatories in Tokyo…some have free admission, such as the government building in Shinjuku (click here to see my post about that building)…and some aren’t free, such as Tokyo Tower (click here for one of the post I wrote about that tower).

Are there any tall towers or observatories in your city? What the tallest one you’ve been in?

23 Responses to “The tallest structure ever built…and still climbing”

  1. Roxy October 10, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    Yes, but the eiffel tower is also lit up, that is what I meant sorry 🙂


  2. tokyo5 October 9, 2010 at 12:49 am #

    On Wednesday, October 13 (2010), the Tokyo Sky Tree will be illuminated in blue and purple for three hours from 6:30PM – 9:30PM.

    It will be to test the LED lights that will be used to illuminated the tower every night after it’s completed.


    • Roxy October 9, 2010 at 6:19 am #

      like the eiffel tower 🙂


      • tokyo5 October 9, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

        The Tokyo Sky Tree dwarfs the Eiffel Tower by many meters!


  3. Caroline October 4, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    I was in Japan last week and saw this being built. It certainly does stand out on the Tokyo skyline and it will be impressive when its finished. I hear it will be the new “tokyo tower”. Cant wait to see the view from the top when its finished!


    • tokyo5 October 5, 2010 at 12:54 am #

      >I hear it will be the new “tokyo tower”.

      In the sense that it will replace the Tokyo Tower as the main broadcasting tower in Tokyo.

      But the Tokyo Tower will remain standing.

      Before this new tower was dubbed “Tokyo Sky Tree”, it was called the “New Tokyo Tower”.
      Read my post about that here.


  4. kavita September 29, 2010 at 11:52 pm #

    This structure looks mighty.We don’t have tall buildings in my city due to the government regulations-as we come under ‘earthquake prone’ area.The tallest building i have been here must be 8 floor.
    I have visited Sears Tower of Chicago though !
    Came here from Gigi.


    • tokyo5 September 30, 2010 at 12:19 am #

      >we come under ‘earthquake prone’ area.

      Japan is also “earthquake prone”. The tall buildings are built “earthquake resistant”.

      >The tallest building i have been here must be 8 floor.

      There are many buildings in Tokyo much taller than that.

      >Came here from Gigi’s (blog)

      Thanks. Please visit often.


  5. cuteandcurls September 29, 2010 at 12:39 am #

    Where Im at, its the KL Tower and the Petronas Twin Towers. The tallest Ive been into is the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai.


    • tokyo5 September 29, 2010 at 1:50 am #

      How tall are those towers?


      • cuteandcurls September 30, 2010 at 12:49 am #

        The Petronas Twin Towers are 451.9 metres whereas the KL Tower is 421 metres.


      • tokyo5 October 1, 2010 at 12:59 am #

        The Tokyo Sky Tree is only 75% completed and it’s already nearly that high. 😉


  6. Jamaipanese September 28, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    can’t wait to visit this when I visit Japan next year


    • tokyo5 September 29, 2010 at 1:49 am #

      If you visit after 2012 you can go inside the Tokyo Sky Tree.


  7. Tornadoes28 September 28, 2010 at 7:37 am #

    That thing is frickin huge.


    • tokyo5 September 29, 2010 at 1:48 am #

      Yes, tallest structure in Japan…and second tallest in the world (when it’s completed).


  8. Sven September 28, 2010 at 5:06 am #

    Yes, we got to the upper level. We certainly would like to visit the new tower in due time.


    • tokyo5 September 29, 2010 at 1:47 am #

      It’s been awhile since I’ve gone inside Tokyo Tower…but I know it’s kinda pricey to get to the upper observatory.


  9. Sven September 27, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

    My son and I were up in the Tokyo Tower and that is our record height. We also went to see the Sky Tree construction, 308m then in June. At home in Stockholm we have the Kaknäs Tower which is 155m and well worth a visit when the weather is fair.


    • tokyo5 September 28, 2010 at 1:11 am #

      Did you go up to the highest observation platform in Tokyo Tower?
      If you come back to Tokyo after 2012, you can go up the Tokyo Sky Tree tower then.


  10. pongrocks September 27, 2010 at 1:10 am #

    Right behind my house there is a 40 year old and ~110m high radio tower. the tower stands more or less in the middle of a forrest and has a big platform, so it’s rather an odd sight for people from the city (I live in the countryside). But it’s still working for local broadcasting and mobile radio communication…

    The tallest building I’ve ever been in must have been the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) with a height of ~160m… not really that high compared to buildings nowadays, but I read that it was the worlds tallest building for a few years in the 19th century. Quite the feat to climb to the top ’cause there is only a stairway 🙂


    • tokyo5 September 27, 2010 at 2:19 am #

      >a 40 year old and ~110m high radio tower.
      >the Cologne Cathedral…a height of ~160m……the worlds
      >tallest building…in the 19th century.

      They’re not so tall…but they sound very old and historic. That’s cool.


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