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The Tokyo Sky Tree will appear in the Narihirabashi/Oshiage area of Sumida Ward, Tokyo in 2011. Boasting a height of about 610m, the tower will be one of the world's tallest.



Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting and the Role of the New Tower

In July 2011, the current analog broadcasting will end and a complete transition made to digital broadcasting.
Five commercial stations and NHK took this as a turning point to advance preparations towards digital broadcasting from a TV tower with a height of around 600m and decided on the Sumida/Taito area as the site for construction of the tower. In addition, for "one-segment broadcasting (one-seg)," a digital broadcasting service for mobile devices that was launched in April 2006, it is ideal to have transmissions from a height that is not very vulnerable to the forest of super high-rise buildings that stand at heights of around 200m in downtown Tokyo. Expectations are also on the tower to serve the role of a tower equipped with disaster prevention features.

Birth of a Town with a Tower

At the foot of the new tower will be a "town with a tower" spans about 400m from east to west, connecting Oshiage Station and Narihirabashi Station, and encompassing an area of about 3.69ha. A networking plaza leading from Oshiage Station to the tower lobby on level four of the facility, three plazas in front of the station and along Kitajukken River, and Shinsui Park will form a community environment where visitors and nearby residents will gather.

Location

Located about 1km east of Asakusa - a town filled with the atmosphere of a shitamachi (the traditional name for the area of Tokyo that extends from Taito, Chiyoda and Chuo Wards east of the Sumida River where many merchants, craftsmen, etc. reside) - and about 2km northeast of Ryogoku - a town famous for sumo wrestling. The new tower stands in a major traditional international tourism zone of Japan.

Development Schedule

Fiscal 2006: Basic design
Fiscal 2007~8: Execution design
July 2008: Start of construction
December 2011: (Scheduled) Construction completion
Spring 2012: (Scheduled) Grand opening

Official Website:
http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/english/
 

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Oh yeah, it looks like a serious thing :)

It would be cool to see Tokyo's skyline different and home to supertall ;)
 

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I likey. More graceful than the Oriental Pearl, for sure.
 

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Yes...I would say that Oriental Pearl is modern while the New Tokyo Tower is post-modern...anyway both are great!! Well, the Oriental Pearl is in a great place..(in the middle of Pundong area) with all super high skyscrapers all around...but NEW TOkyo Tower is almost two times higher!!!
 

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Well, i would say the Sumida Tower is more modern for some reasons because it looks like the building's material is steel and glass and that makes it so shiny. The Oriental Pearl is concrete based as you can see some of the obvious stained spots on the concrete column from weathering.
 

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Well, i would say the Sumida Tower is more modern for some reasons because it looks like the building's material is steel and glass and that makes it so shiny. The Oriental Pearl is concrete based as you can see some of the obvious stained spots on the concrete column from weathering.
I agree with you! the shape is also quite different...
Unfortunatly Sumida Tower is little bit far from the downtown.
 

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is this U/C yet? Grrrr Tokyo already has Tokyo Tower >( what will happen to Jakarta Tower :cry:
 

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oh wow. to me this is the first tv tower that i actually find attractive. much better than that guangzhou one that started recently. good for tokyo
 
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