by 016 Koume-chan on November 1, 2016 - 12:09am
Do you know the highest tower in the world? Maybe, almost all Japanese people know it, and probably some people overseas may also know that. Actually, the highest tower is in Japan. I think you know that name. It is “Tokyo Skytree.” It is located in the capital of Japan, Tokyo. You can guess that Tokyo Skytree is located in Tokyo from this name, right? This tower is a symbol of Tokyo because there are so many fascinating and wonderful features. That’s why I would like to explain these features, the reasons why this tower was built and the history before it was built, and my episode about Tokyo Skytree.
There are many people overseas who wonder “What is Tokyo Skytree?” Let me explain what Tokyo Skytree is. It is a broadcasting tower. However, it functions as not only broadcasting tower but also it has some restaurants, and an observation tower. It has 160 floors, the height is 634 meters, and this tower registered as the highest tower in the world by the Guinness World Records on November 17th 2011. Inside this tower, there is an aquarium, a few cafes, a restaurant and some stores where you can buy souvenirs which are available only at television companies. I think everyone will have a good time there.
Maybe people don’t know why this tower was built, and its history, so I’ll talk about them. There are 6 famous and big television companies in Japan. On December 2003, these companies decided to build over 600 meters broadcasting tower. In 2003, there are many buildings over 200 meters high, so it was hard to send radio wave because of those buildings. Moreover, it is very good to send it if the broadcasting tower is over 600 meters. According to the website of Tokyo Skytree, they made a building proposal in 2003. Construction of the tower started in 2008, and finished in 2012. I was surprised that they could build a very big tower for about 4 years. You don’t need to worry about earthquakes, because it is a tower to resist earthquakes. I think we can feel at ease.
Have you ever been to Tokyo Skytree or do you want to go there? Actually, I’ve been there, so I will tell you my episode. I visited this tower for the first time when it was being built. I still remember that moment because I was surprised because it is rare for me to see such a high tower. I was looking forward to the completion of the tower. Second time I visited there, I could enter the tower. There are two observation decks. Actually, I saw a good view of Tokyo even from the lower part of the tower. It was wonderful. Especially, I was able to see Mt. Fuji. Visitors will appreciate it. I visited there this September again. I didn’t see the view, but I looked under the tower. I noticed an illumination. It is called “Writing Design” Every day, it lights up. Therefore, we can enjoy looking at this tower not only at daytime but also at night. On Christmas day, visitors can see special illumination. I have never seen it, so I want to see that if I have an opportunity. I have good memories about this tower. I recommend people who want to travel in Tokyo visit there.
In conclusion, if you visit Tokyo, you should go and see Tokyo Skytree. I’m sure that you will be impressed if you actually see it. There are restaurants and an aquarium, so you can spend a day there. There are no other buildings or places better than Tokyo Skytree.