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Tokyo Sky tree soars as tallest broadcast tower

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A view of Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest broadcasting tower at 2080 feet, in Tokyo. The tower opened to the public on May 22, with hundreds of people entering the tower and its large shopping mall.

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This series of images shows the construction progression of the world's tallest radio tower, the Tokyo Sky Tree in Tokyo. The 2089 foot tall taower opened for the public on May 22.

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Visitors wearing their hand-made Tokyo Skytree like outfits celebrate the opening of the Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest tower, in Tokyo, Japan.

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The 2080 foot high Tokyo Skytree is illuminated under heavy rain fall in Tokyo, Japan, on May 22. The Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest tower, opened to the public the same day after almost four years of construction.

 

From Arata Yamamoto, NBC News

TOKYO -- The world's second-tallest structure opened to the public on Tuesday.

The Tokyo Sky Tree is now the world's tallest broadcasting tower. It is expected to draw in 32 million visitors a year, more than Tokyo Disneyland.

Featuring two observation decks and an adjacent shopping arcade which includes a planetarium and an aquarium, it stands 2,080-feet high on the eastern side of city, away from the glitzy Shibuya and the Ginza districts.

Sky Tree overlooks Sumida and Arakawa rivers, the symbols of Old Tokyo area, and on a clear day provides a panoramic view beyond the capital including Mount Fuji. Click here to continue reading more about the Tokyo Sky Tree.