10 Tallest Buildings and Structures in Tokyo, Japan
These are the tallest buildings and structures in Tokyo, Japan. As any traveler who has been to Tokyo knows the capital city of Japan has a beautiful and impressive skyline of skyscrapers. Tokyo also has two of the tallest towers in the world which are big tourist attractions with great observation decks offering visitors fantastic views of the city and surrounding areas.
A number of the tallest buildings in Tokyo also have observation decks and most of these tallest buildings and structures are located near the best hotels in Tokyo and two of those best hotels are located in two of these buildings.
1) Tokyo Sky Tree - 2,080 feet
The Tokyo Sky Tree is the tallest building or structure in Tokyo and in Japan. With a height of 2,080 feet the Tokyo Sky Tree will be one of the tallest structures in the world when it is completed in 2011. Despite not being completed the Tokyo Sky Tree has already surpassed the height of all the other buildings and structures located in Japan. The Tokyo Sky Tree is a broadcasting tower that needs to be taller than other structure in the city to avoid interference from all the tall skyscrapers in the city. The Sky Tree will also be a major tourist attraction in Tokyo complete with observation decks and a restaurant.
2) Tokyo Tower - 1,091 feet
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The striking orange and white Tokyo Tower is the second tallest structure in Tokyo and in Japan with a height of 1,091 feet. Built from 1956-1957 the Tokyo Tower was built to resemble the Eiffel Tower in Paris and is both a broadcasting tower and tourist attraction in Tokyo. Over 150 million people have visited the Tokyo Tower and its beautiful observation decks and restaurants since it opened to the public in 1958 and it is still visited by some 3 million tourists annually as it is located near the best hotels in Tokyo.
3) Midtown Tower - 814 feet
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At a height of 814 feet the Midtown Tower is the tallest building in Tokyo and 4th tallest building in Japan. Completed in 2007 the 54 story Midtown Tower is part of the Tokyo Midtown complex of residential, office, hotel and retail buildings and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel itself is located on floors 45 to 53 in the Midtown Tower. The Presidential Suite in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel at Midtown Tower goes for $20,000 per night.
4) Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building or Tokyo City Hall - 797 feet
Located in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo is the 797 foot high Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building also known as Tokyo City Hall. Housing the government administration of Tokyo the distinctive 48 story Tokyo City Hall was the tallest building in Tokyo from the time it was completed in 1991 until the Midtown Tower was built in 2007.
5) NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building - 787 feet
At 787 feet in height the NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building in the Shibuya ward is the 3rd tallest building in Tokyo, Japan. Built from 1997-2000 the 27 floor NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building had a clock added on its side in 2002 which currently makes it the tallest clock tower in the world. The Abraj Al Bait Towers hotel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia will also have a clock and at 1,972 feet will overtake the NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building as the tallest clock tower in the world and will also be the tallest hotel in the world when completed in 2011.
6) Sunshine 60 - 786 feet
At 786 feet in height the 60 story Sunshine 60 skyscraper is the 4th tallest building in Tokyo. Built from 1973-1978 when it was completed the Sunshine 60 building was the tallest building in Tokyo until the Tokyo Metropolitan Building was finished in 1991. There is a great observation deck on the 60th floor from which visitors can see as far as 60 miles on a clear day.
7) Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - 781 feet
Completed in 2003 the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower is a popular tourist attraction in Tokyo due to two observation decks on the 52nd and 54th floors as well as the Mori Art Museum located on the 53rd floor. At 781 feet in height the 54 story Roppongi Hills Mori Tower is the 5th tallest building in Tokyo and 10th tallest in Japan.
8) Shinjuku Park Tower - 771 feet
Remember the film Lost in Translation starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson at a luxury hotel that was directed by Sofia Coppola? It was filmed at the Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel which occupies floors 39 to 52 in the 771 foot high Shinjuku Park Tower. Completed in 1994 the 57 floor Shinjuku Park Tower is the 6th tallest building in Tokyo and 11th tallest in Japan.
9) Tokyo Opera City Tower - 769 feet
The Tokyo Opera City Tower houses Japan's best and well known center for the performing arts the New National Theatre in its lower levels with the rest of its 54 floors being rented out to business tenants like Apple. Completed in 1997 the 769 story Tokyo Opera City Tower is the 7th tallest building in Tokyo and 12th tallest building in Japan and is located near the best hotels and restaurants in the city.
10) Shinjuku Mitsui Building - 738 feet
Built from 1972-1974 the 738 foot high 55 story Shinjuku Mitsui Building is the 8th tallest building in Tokyo and the 10th tallest structure in the city. From the time it was completed until the Sunshine 60 skyscraper was finished in 1978 the Shinjuku Mitsui Building was the tallest building in Tokyo.
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