March 30th, 2010
12:16 PM ET

Tokyo Sky Tree becomes tallest structure in Japan

The Tokyo Sky Treewill stand at 2,080 feet when completed.

Just over halfway to its planned height, the Tokyo Sky Tree became the tallest structure in Japan on Monday when construction reached 338 meters (1,108 feet). When completed, it will stand 634 meters (2,080 feet).

The Sky Tree on Monday surpassed the city’s 333-meter (1,092-foot) Tokyo Tower, a landmark and top tourist attraction since it opened in 1958.

Both the Sky Tree and Tokyo tower are designed for television and radio transmission. The Sky Tree’s towering reach will enable transmission of digital signals well above skyscrapers that rise above 200 meters (600 feet) in Tokyo, according to the Sky Tree’s Web site.

When complete, the Sky Tree will have observation towers at both the 350-meter (1,148-foot) and 450-meter (1,476-foot) levels.

While the Sky Tree will be the tallest structure in Japan, it won’t be the biggest in the world. That honor falls to the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, which rises more than 800 meters (2,625 feet) above the Persian Gulf.

Construction is expected to be completed in December 2011 with a grand opening in spring 2012.

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  1. VeeZee

    Something new for Godzilla to destroy! Go go Godzilla!

    March 30, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jon

    Okay, my question is – are they planning to make it look like an actual tree? As in, branches, metal leaves, the whole deal? if so, that's awesome.

    March 30, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hen

    no just tower

    March 30, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Former Employee

    Watch out Tokyo, this will give Orient Thai Airlines a second chance to hit something else besides the Tokyo Tower. (i.e. In 2004 an Orient Thai jet, instructed to fly over Tokyo Bay for final approach into Tokyo International Airport in Ōta, Tokyo, instead flew at an altitude of 540 meters over Tokyo Station in Chiyoda and the Nihonbashi district in Chūō and passed within 200 meters of the Tokyo Tower in Minato)

    March 30, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Singha

    will not be a representation of an actual tree which would be interesting but it's going to look just like what you see or similar to the CN Tower in Toronto

    March 30, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shake, rattle and roll

    Ah yes...Great one of the most earthquake prone areas of the world.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. earthquake freak

    would it break like a tree or uproot like one in the event of an earthquake in Tokyo??

    March 31, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Anthony Alexander

    If the animes I watch are to be trusted, this tower will last about three days before demons/aliens/a wizard/Godzilla/ninja get to it.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. daniel c.

    why do we need enormous skyscrapers!!!let's build beautiful reasonably tall structure,let fresh air circulate freely so we can clean the air and breathe better.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Richard Girouard

    I just hope that the building is earthquake proof.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joshua Taylor

    i love the smell of fresh air in the morning. it is so rejuvenation.*.;

    July 20, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. wasabi

    I am sure it is earthquake proofed... they are very conscious about it after Kobe earthquake in 1995. It supposed to bend like a bamboo tree but does not break.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Electric Shower `

    i love breathing fresh air coz it is very soothing to the lungs, it also revitalizes my body.;~

    October 11, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Metal Roofing :

    i like instrumental music because of its very relaxing nature;"-

    October 24, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chipboard Sheets

    the morning fresh air is the best, i have asthma and i love to get some fresh air ;~`

    December 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |