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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?

Shinjuku skyline

1 May

Today we went to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building because they have a free observatory on the 45th floor.

We took the express elevator that goes from the first to the forty-fifth floor in 55 seconds! It made my ears pop like flying in an airplane.

I’ve been in this building before when they had a New York City photo exhibit that I went to see a couple of years ago…but I’ve never taken photos of the Shinjuku skyline from the observatory before, so I decided to do that today.

It was a bit overcast today, unfortunately, so the view wasn’t as clear as it could have been.

A sign there said that on a clear day, Mount Fuji can be seen from the observatory.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building isn’t the only place to get a bird’s eye view of Tokyo’s skyline. There are higher buildings and towers in the city…some offer a better view, too. But it’s one of the few free observatories in Tokyo.

Here are some of the photos I took: