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Last additions - Tokyo Skytree 東京スカイツリー
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In early May, koinobori carp streamers are displayed for Children's Day at Tokyo Skytree.Oct 07, 2018
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In early May, koinobori carp streamers are displayed for Children's Day at Tokyo Skytree.Oct 07, 2018
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In early May, koinobori carp streamers are displayed for Children's Day at Tokyo Skytree.Oct 07, 2018
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Inside Solamachi too.Oct 07, 2018
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In early May, koinobori carp streamers are displayed for Children's Day at Tokyo Skytree.Oct 07, 2018
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In early May, koinobori carp streamers are displayed for Children's Day at Tokyo Skytree.Oct 07, 2018
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In early May, koinobori carp streamers are displayed for Children's Day at Tokyo Skytree.Oct 07, 2018
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Tokyo Skytree and carp streamers.Oct 07, 2018
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In early May, koinobori carp streamers are displayed for Children's Day at Tokyo Skytree.Oct 07, 2018
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In early May, koinobori carp streamers are displayed for Children's Day at Tokyo Skytree.Oct 07, 2018
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Tokyo Skytree and carp streamers.Oct 07, 2018
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In early May, koinobori carp streamers are displayed for Children's Day at Tokyo Skytree.Oct 07, 2018
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In early May, koinobori carp streamers are displayed for Children's Day at Tokyo Skytree.Oct 07, 2018
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In early May, koinobori carp streamers are displayed for Children's Day at Tokyo Skytree.Oct 07, 2018
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Autumn elevator.Apr 06, 2016
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Asakusa, notice the pagoda.Apr 06, 2016
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Halloween at Tokyo Skytree in 2015.Apr 06, 2016
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AsakusaApr 06, 2016
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Sumida River and RyogokuApr 06, 2016
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The glass reflections make it hard to get clear shots. Kinshicho and Tokyo Bay.Apr 06, 2016
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Tokyo Skytree at night.Apr 06, 2016
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Winter elevator.Apr 06, 2016
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If you have a foreign passport, this ticket counter is faster to get tickets.Apr 06, 2016
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Tokyo Skytree at nightApr 06, 2016
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Elevator with winter designMar 27, 2014
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Elevator with autumn designMar 27, 2014
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Waiting for the elevator to go down. It took longer for me to go down than to go up. There's no time limit on the observation decks. You can stay there all day I think.Mar 27, 2014
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Line for the elevator to go down.Mar 27, 2014
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See-through floorMar 27, 2014
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See-through floorMar 27, 2014
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Benches providedMar 27, 2014
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MenuMar 27, 2014
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The Tembo Deck has three floors. One floor has a cafe and prices were quite cheap. Almost the same as any coffee shop on the ground.Mar 27, 2014
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Picture-taking service on lower deck.Mar 27, 2014
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Kids exercising.Mar 27, 2014
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Tokyo Skytree StationMar 27, 2014
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Tokyo Skytree shadow.Mar 27, 2014
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This is the ticket line for the higher Tembo Galleria. A 20-min. wait already by late morning.Mar 27, 2014
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Much more crowded in late morning with lots of school kids on class trips.Mar 27, 2014
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Back on the lower deck.Mar 27, 2014
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National Diet BuildingMar 27, 2014
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Northern Sumida RiverMar 27, 2014
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I overheard one woman say, "The city looks like it's made of Lego." I had to agree. Mar 27, 2014
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Ueno Park (National Museum)Mar 27, 2014
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Tokyo DomeMar 27, 2014
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Sumida River and AsakusaMar 27, 2014
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Asakusa Kannon temple, Sensoji as seen from Tokyo Skytree.Mar 27, 2014
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Asakusa Kannon temple, SensojiMar 27, 2014
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AsakusaMar 27, 2014
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Tokyo TowerMar 27, 2014
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Mt. Fuji as seen from Tokyo Skytree.Mar 27, 2014
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On a clear day, the views are marvelous, with Mt. Fuji (upper right) and many Tokyo landmarks visible. Mar 27, 2014
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RyogokuMar 27, 2014
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RyogokuMar 27, 2014
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Going further up.Mar 27, 2014
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Views from the Skywalk.Mar 27, 2014
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Gateway BridgeMar 27, 2014
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The Skywalk can get quite warm on sunny days.Mar 27, 2014
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The Skywalk is not recommended if you fear heights.Mar 27, 2014
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The higher observation deck called Tembo Galleria has a unique design with a spiraling walkway called the Skywalk.Mar 27, 2014
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The line for that ticket was also very short before 10 am. Elevator to go higher.Mar 27, 2014
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Here, you can buy another ticket for 1000 yen to go up further by 100 meters to the higher lookout deck called the Tembo Galleria, 450 meters above ground.Mar 27, 2014
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I saw one school girl here who looked very nauseous (likely threw up in the bathroom) with a friend rubbing her back.Mar 27, 2014
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Stunning views. Sumida River.Mar 27, 2014
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The exposed struts inside the observation deck are padded so you don't crack your head when you bump into it. Lonely people who don't have anyone to hug could hug one of these. It's soft enough.Mar 27, 2014
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Each elevator has a design based on one of the four seasons. I went inside the summer elevator with a fireworks design. The elevator is very fast going up.Part of the elevator door is also transparent. Close your eyes or look away if you start to feel sick/dizzy. Please don't vomit in the elevator.Mar 27, 2014
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The first/lower observation deck is called the Tembo Deck. Mar 27, 2014
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Tokyo Skytree ticket counter. Empty on weekday mornings from 8 am to 10 am.Mar 27, 2014
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I went from 0 to 350 meters above the ground in less than 10 min. There are four elevators.Mar 27, 2014
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The problem with buying a reserved ticket for a specific day is that you won't know what the weather will be like that day. It's not worth going up on a cloudy/rainy day.Low clouds can easily cover the lookout decks and all you may see is cloud white. They also close the tower on windy/stormy days. Mar 27, 2014
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The least crowded time is weekday mornings between 8 am to 10 am. I got there at 9:30 am on a Friday and was happy to see no line to buy a ticket (2000 yen) to go up. Mar 27, 2014
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It's much cheaper to visit Skytree on your own instead of going on a typical bus tour. But a bus tour may exempt you from a long wait to go up since they have their own reserved tickets for a specific time.Mar 27, 2014
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Finally went up Tokyo Skytree for the first time in Sept. 2013. I waited for a clear weekday and went early in the morning. Mar 27, 2014
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You can either buy a ticket at the door or buy a reserved ticket for a specific day via their Website. Visiting Tokyo Skytree on snowy days can be dangerous. Clumps of snow clinging to the struts are known to fall to the ground.Mar 27, 2014
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One restaurant in Solamachi has an outdoor terrace.Jun 18, 2012
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Miso from all over Japan.Jun 18, 2012
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Sake from all over Japan.Jun 18, 2012
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On the food floor, they were giving out yummy samples. This is shumai.Jun 18, 2012
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A load of fish for only 634 yen. In Japanese, "634" can be pronounced "Musashi" which refers to the Sky Tree's 634-meter height. Musashi was also the name of the old province that included most of Tokyo.Jun 18, 2012
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The food floor was the most crowded and noisy. This fish market was holding special opening sale selling lotta seafood for 634 yen (in reference to the Sky Tree's 634-meter height) during pre-opening festivities for Sumida Ward residents on May 20, 2Jun 18, 2012
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Opening sale on the food floor.Jun 18, 2012
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Soft drinks in Tokyo Sky Tree-shaped bottles.Jun 18, 2012
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Food courtJun 18, 2012
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Sky window over a rest area in Solamachi.Jun 18, 2012
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From the Solamachi shopping complex, there is a window from which you can view the foot.Jun 18, 2012
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Books about Tokyo Sky Tree.Jun 18, 2012
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More sales girls wearing happi coats during Tokyo Sky Tree pre-opening festivities for Sumida Ward residents on May 20, 2012.Jun 18, 2012
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I like the sales girls wearing happi coats, a symbol of the shitamachi (old merchants' quarters) area of Tokyo.Jun 18, 2012
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Merchandise of Tokyo Sky Tree's official mascot.Jun 18, 2012
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One of the shopping alleys inside Solamachi.Jun 18, 2012
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The Solamachi (Skytown) shopping complex below Tokyo Sky Tree was also open to Sumida Ward residents for a preview on May 19-20, 2012. All the shops were open and held an opening sale. Tokyo Sky Tree officially opened on May 22.Jun 18, 2012
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Tokyo Sky Tree has a unique curving side.Jun 18, 2012
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Mukojima geisha performing. Mukojima is in Sumida Ward. http://mukoujima-kenban.com/index.htmlJun 18, 2012
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Another stage had Mukojima geisha performing. Mukojima is in Sumida Ward. http://mukoujima-kenban.com/index.htmlJun 18, 2012
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Near the foot of Tokyo Sky Tree during pre-opening festivities for Sumida Ward residents on May 20, 2012.Jun 18, 2012
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This road connects Tokyo Sky Tree Station with Oshiage Station and was formerly crowded with people before the Sky Tree opened.Jun 18, 2012
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Foot of Tokyo Sky Tree which was the only thing not open during pre-opening festivities for Sumida Ward residents on May 20, 2012.Jun 18, 2012
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Tokyo Sky Tree Arena had another stage.Jun 18, 2012
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The shopping complex integrated with Tokyo Sky Tree is called Solamachi (meaning Sky Town) which includes an aquarium and planetarium. This is an odd sight at first with all these people, after having gotten used to seeing this place devoid of people.Jun 18, 2012
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Kapulanakehau "Kehau" Tamure has a Tokyo Sky Tree ornament in her hair as she performed during Opening Ceremony festivities at Tokyo Sky Tree for Sumida Ward residents on May 19-20, 2012..Jun 18, 2012
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On May 20, dancers from the Hawaii Aloha Academy danced to songs played by Kehau and her trio on May 20, 2012.Jun 18, 2012
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Male (kane) hula dancers at Tokyo Sky Tree.Jun 18, 2012
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Kapulanakehau "Kehau" Tamure who was a member of Nā Palapalai, provides music along with her trio.Jun 18, 2012
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On May 20, 2012, dancers from the Hawaii Aloha Academy danced to songs played by Kehau and her trio on May 20, 2012.Jun 18, 2012
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On May 20, 2012, dancers from the Hawaii Aloha Academy danced to songs played by Kehau and her trio on May 20, 2012.Jun 18, 2012
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On May 19-20, 2012, Tokyo Sky Tree held pre-opening festivities for Sumida Ward residents (Tokyo Sky Tree is in Sumida Ward). Various entertainment was held at three performance stages.Jun 18, 2012
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This stage in a small park near the Sky Tree, they had hula performances in the afternoon on May 20, 2012.Jun 18, 2012
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Tokyo Sky Tree Station platform.Mar 31, 2012
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Tokyo Sky Tree Station platform.Mar 31, 2012
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Tokyo Sky Tree Station platform.Mar 31, 2012
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Tokyo Sky Tree Station platform.Mar 31, 2012
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Tokyo Sky Tree StationMar 31, 2012
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58 days until Tokyo Sky Tree opens.Mar 31, 2012
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Poster announcing the train station name change.Mar 31, 2012
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They were extending the train station. Roof still under construction.Mar 31, 2012
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The new Tokyo Sky Tree Station on the Tobe Line, just one stop from Asakusa Station. Renamed from Narihirabashi Station.Mar 31, 2012
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Near the construction site was this little Info Plaza showing a model of Tokyo Sky Tree.Mar 31, 2012
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Shopping complex.Mar 31, 2012
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms.Mar 31, 2012
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McDonald's and Starbucks will be right under Tokyo Sky Tree.Mar 31, 2012
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If you look closely, you can see stairs winding around the tower.Mar 31, 2012
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Lower lookout deck.Mar 31, 2012
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After it snows in Tokyo in winter, beware of chunks of snow falling from Tokyo Sky Tree. They have known to crash into nearby homes below. Read article hereMar 31, 2012
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Tokyo Sky Tree souvenir chopsticks.Mar 31, 2012
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Tokyo Sky Tree souvenir ball-point pens.Mar 31, 2012
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Tokyo Sky Tree souvenir towels.Mar 31, 2012
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Tokyo Sky Tree souvenir shop.Mar 31, 2012
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The shopping complex hides the tower's three legs.Mar 31, 2012
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Solamachi means Sky Town.Mar 31, 2012
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Tokyo Sky TreeMar 31, 2012
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The following photos were taken in March 2012, about two months before Tokyo Sky Tree opened on May 22, 2012.Mar 31, 2012
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Tokyo Sky Tree. Just wait till it reaches its full height of 634 meters and become Japan's tallest structure. It's gonna be more than awesome.Apr 15, 2010
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Tokyo Sky Tree as seen from Sarue Onshi Park in Koto Ward.Apr 15, 2010
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Tokyo Sky Tree as seen from the air. It just stands out since there are no tall buildings around it.Apr 15, 2010
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Tokyo Sky Tree is clearly visible from Asakusa.Apr 15, 2010
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Meanwhile, the old Tokyo Tower will lose broadcast customers and see a great drop in income.Apr 15, 2010
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Tokyo Sky Tree 東京スカイツリーApr 15, 2010
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Dates of completing various stages of the tower.Apr 15, 2010
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Model of Tokyo Sky Tree inside the Tokyo Sky Tree Info Plaza.Apr 15, 2010
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I hope it has a large elevator because huge crowds will be visiting this tower.Apr 15, 2010
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Near the Sky Tree is this small Info Plaza where you watch a short video about the tower and panel displays.Apr 15, 2010
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Shopping/hotel complex being built next to the tower.Apr 15, 2010
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One thing though, when it snows, it may form clumps on these steel beams. When the snow melts, is it gonna fall to earth, possible hitting someone? Snow falling from the tower was observed this past winter when it snowed in Tokyo.Apr 15, 2010
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Hauling up materials.Apr 15, 2010
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Current height: 338 meters (as of April 2010).Apr 15, 2010
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Though triangular at the base, the shape gradually becomes cylindrical as it goes up. Very beautiful design.Apr 15, 2010
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Leg of Tokyo Sky Tree.Apr 15, 2010
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Nikken Sekkei (日建設計) which designed Tokyo Sky Tree, also designed many other famous towers in Japan such as Tokyo Tower, Sapporo TV Tower, Nagoya TV Tower, and Kobe Port Tower. No doubt, the Tokyo Sky Tree will be their greatest creation.Apr 15, 2010
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One leg of Tokyo Sky Tree. The construction is being done by Obayashi Corporation.More photos on next page (click on "2" below).Apr 15, 2010
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The base has three legs shaped like a triangle. One side of this triangle is about 70 meters wide.Apr 15, 2010
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When the tower opens to the public in spring 2012, it will no doubt become a major tourist attraction. The sleepy neighborhood of Oshiage will transform into one of Tokyo's hottest spots.Apr 15, 2010
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It won't be just a tower for broadcasting. It will also have lookout decks and a shopping/hotel/restaurant complex adjoining it.Apr 15, 2010
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Bridge with gawkers. The name "Sky Tree" has also caught very easily. Easy to remember and sounds attractive. It was the most popular name voted by the public.Apr 15, 2010
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People gawking at Tokyo Sky Tree. It's best to see it on a sunny day with the blue sky in the background. Even at 338 meters high, it is already looking something awesome.Apr 15, 2010
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Top of Tokyo Sky Tree so far. That's 338 meters into the air, already taller than the old Tokyo Tower's 333 meters by April 2010 when these photos were taken.Apr 15, 2010
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As soon as you get out of Oshiage Station, you can see it towering above. Already it draws many tourists to the area gawking and photographing it.Apr 15, 2010
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