Monday, January 17, 2011

Tokyo Sky Tree

Hubby and I had been to India during the New Year holidays. The domestic flight from Akita Airport was scheduled for the morning of 30th December. We expected flight delay or cancellation due to heavy snow in Akita. But the flight left Akita at right time and reached Haneda Airport at 11.30 am. Afterwards we took a taxi and went to a nearby hotel where we were going to spend that night. We left our baggage at the front desk of the hotel. We had the entire afternoon free and so we decided to visit Tokyo Sky Tree.

Tokyo Sky Tree is a broadcasting and observation tower being constructed in Sumida ward of Tokyo. The construction of the tower was started in July 2008 and is scheduled to be completed in December 2011. The main purpose of this tower is to serve as a television and radio broadcasting tower. Tokyo Tower, the current broadcasting tower, is 333 meters high and no longer tall enough to give complete digital television broadcasting coverage as it is surrounded by many high-rise buildings. Tokyo Sky Tree is the tallest artificial structure in Japan since 2010. When completed, the tower will have a height of 634 meters. The tower is scheduled to be opened in the spring of 2012.

From Haneda, we changed trains several times and reached Oshiage railway station which is adjacent to the site of Tokyo Sky Tree tower. As soon as we came out of the railway station, we were struck by the hugeness of the tower under construction. The day we went to see Tokyo Sky Tree, it was 533 meters tall and looked massive from such a close range.
Tokyo Sky Tree as viewed from just outside Oshiage railway station

Upper portion of Tokyo Sky Tree

We walked towards the tower and took a few photos. It was rather difficult to have the entire tower in one frame as we were too close to the tower.
Tokyo Sky Tree as we walked towards the tower

I am standing in front of the tower

Tokyo Sky Tree from another angle

We walked up to the nearest point of the construction site of the tower and again took a few photos.
Tokyo Sky Tree as viewed from the nearest point of the construction site

Another view of the tower from the nearest point of the construction site

I am standing in front of the tower

Hubby (only part of his face seen) standing in front of the tower

We enjoyed Tokyo Sky Tree and it surroundings for some time and then returned back to the hotel.
Good bye Tokyo Sky Tree


Ashish said...

is the tower ready now

Manisha Kundu-Nagata said...

Yeah Ashish, the tower is ready. I heard that it will be open to the public from May 22, 2012.