of the Tokyo Sky Tree while we were meandering around; walking from Asakusa to Kinshicho one fine day last year. You can truly view Tokyo Sky Tree from everywhere and at all angles in Asakusa!
Tokyo Sky Tree stands almost twice as tall as Tokyo Tower, a measly 333 metres in height compared to Sky Tree's 634 metres.
Tokyo Sky Tree will replace Tokyo Tower's role of the signal broadcasting tower. The increase of high-rise buildings makes it essential to have a tower that is taller and in 2006, broadcasting firms agreed that a tower that is more than 600 metres high is needed. Constructed one such tower they did and now - Tokyo Sky Tree dominates the landscape. :)
The Tokyo Sky Tree was capped at 634 metres because the Japanese syllables for 6 (mu), 3 (sa) and 4 (shi) spell out Musashi which was the old name of the district the tower stands. The Musashi district was once ranged from modern day Tokyo to Saitama and parts of north-eastern Kanagawa.
Walk around the neighbouring area where the Sky Tree stands and you will be spoiled for choice for Sky Trees inspired goods and food with the Sky Tree theme.
By the time we return to Japan for our 9th trip (8th for Raimie) in 2014, it will be 2 years after the Sky Tree opens its door to the public. I hope it'll be easier to get in compared to the first few months; from May 22nd - July 10th.
Can I say I will be so jealous to the folks over in Tokyo who will be among the first to enjoy the view from the Sky Tree? By the way, Rurousha - you are putting your name in the lottery? Be "kiasu" and make sure you are amongst the first few! ;)
I'll be pacing myself with my Sky Tree photos so the next post on the Sky Tree will be on the special day - on May 22nd!