TOKYO TOWER

La Tour Eiffel de Tokyo

La Tour de Tokyo est une tour japonaise de radiodiffusion, inaugurée en 1958 à l’image de la Tour Eiffel, dans l’arrondissement de Minato au sud de la capitale. Elle est l’une des plus hautes tour en métal du monde, avec une hauteur de 333 mètres et deux observatoires sur la ville. Reconnaissable à ses couleurs rouges et blanches, elle s’illumine la nuit selon les saisons et évènements. La Tokyo Tower possède deux observatoires. Le premier, à 145 mètres du sol, est d’ailleurs accessible aux plus courageux par un escalier. On y trouve un plancher vitré ainsi que, pour la petite anecdote, le sanctuaire shinto le plus élevé de la préfecture de Tokyo. À 250 mètres se situe l’observatoire spécial, juste au-dessous de la haute antenne. De là-haut, le Mont Fuji s’aperçoit par temps clair.

Standing 333 meters high in the center of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower is the world’s tallest, self-supported steel tower and 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. A symbol of Japan’s post-war rebirth as a major economic power, Tokyo Tower was the country’s tallest structure from its completion in 1958 until 2012 when it was surpassed by the Tokyo Skytree. In addition to being a popular tourist spot, Tokyo Tower serves as a broadcast antenna. The tower’s main observatory at 145 meters is reached via elevator or a 600-step staircase. Thanks to the tower’s central location, the observatory offers an interesting view of the city despite being only at a relatively moderate height. There are also some “lookdown windows” in the floor to stand on, a souvenir shop and a cafe where visitors can enjoy refreshments. A second set of elevators connect the main observatory to the 250 meter high special observatory, from where you can get a bird’s eye view of Tokyo from high above the surrounding buildings. The special observatory is the third highest observation deck in Tokyo. When visibility is good, visitors can see the Tokyo Skytree and Mount Fuji in the distance.

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