The Tokyo Skytree (東京 ス カ イ ツ リ ー, Tokyo Sukaitsurī) is a broadcasting tower in Sumida-ku district of Tokyo. Measuring 634 meters, it is since it opened the second tallest structure in the world still standing behind the Burj Khalifa.
Originally planned to measure 610 meters, the Tokyo Skytree finally culminates at 634 meters, almost double of the Tokyo Tower. It has three feet for maximum stability and resistance to earthquakes. His form from mid-height cylinder for better wind resistance. Two observation platforms 350 and 450 meters provide a wide panorama of the city.
The cost of its construction is estimated at 65 billion yen (over EUR 550 million), funded by Tōbu, public broadcaster NHK and six private TV channels. It allows to broadcast TV programs and digital radio on a larger area than the Tokyo Tower, whose emissions are hindered by tall buildings that were built nearby in 1958.
Tōbu provides about 5.4 million visitors to the tower in the first year, then 25 million each year thereafter. The resulting structure is the culmination of a massive future commercial development around the station Oshiage.
The Sky Tree currently houses a theater, an aquarium and a viewing gallery 450 m high.