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The Newest World's Tallest Tower Debuts in May with $37 Tickets

Where: Tokyo, Japan
March 7, 2012 at 9:44 AM | by | ()

There’s a new tourist trap set to debut in Tokyo before too long, as the city’s Sky Tree has recently been completed. It’s a couple months late, but we kind of consider that to be expected as this sucker is the world’s tallest communication tower. There’s all kinds of criteria about tallest this and tallest that, so we’re not going to argue semantics—it’s a pretty big building and the Tokyo Sky Tree is a neat addition to the city’s skyline.

The final bits and pieces were put into place at the end of February, and now the thing rises to like 634 meters—that’s like 2,080 feet—towards the sky. If you’re looking to build something similar in your backyard you can expect to need close to a billion dollars to do so, as the construction costs for this build were just around $800 million bucks.

Its primary purpose is to beam out TV and radio signals, but there’s also plenty of room left over for a theater, an aquarium, and other snazzy stuff. Of course there’s plenty of room for tourists too, as the plan is to have two different observation decks open to the public at both the 350 and 450 meter levels. The higher lookout will even allow for visitors to take a little bit of a walk outside with a glass walkway high in the sky.

The only bummer is that despite the Sky Tree being complete, it’s still not quite open to the public. The doors are supposed to swing open on May 22, and when they do it’ll be slightly pricey to have the pleasure of hanging out with the clouds. Admission fees to the highest observation deck are expected to set you back around ¥3,000—that’s like $37. Advance online reservations will start up on March 22, but it’s done through a drawing and you need a credit card associated with a Japanese address—have any Tokyo friends?

It sounds like they expect things to be quite busy through July, as no same day admission tickets will be sold until July 11. Still—if you are in the neighborhood—might be worth strolling by and sneaking in with a group of kids on a field trip or something.

[Photo: Wikimedia]

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